5 Reasons Why I Love New York

I’m heading to Thrillerfest and New York City this week, and the prospect of traveling to the Big Apple again made me think about a few of the reasons why I love it. So, from a West Coast perspective, mind you … Continue reading

Mulligan Stew, Sonnet Style

You know, I really had ambitions to write a long, thoughtful blog. When you’re a writer, you’re always writing—even when you’re not at a keyboard. The blog was starting to take shape in my head, and then … You know what … Continue reading

50 Things At 50

I’m turning 50 this week. I woke up and suddenly have been around for half a century. And that feels old. This birthday is a tough one. All birthdays are, since I lost my parents, who (as an only child … Continue reading

The Chairman of the Board

At the end of this month, I’m heading to Las Vegas. Not exactly for pleasure—to be honest, I wouldn’t travel to Sin City for fun. I prefer quieter getaways. And not for research, though Reno figures prominently in CITY OF … Continue reading

5 Things I Learned in Monterey

I just came back from a trip to Monterey. Nominally vacation—but actually research—the trip was phenomenal. Monterey, made famous by Steinbeck and Stevenson and a magnate for artists and dreamers for more than a century; both rural and urban, town and … Continue reading

Confessions of a Comic Book Fan

I write crime fiction, specifically noir. That makes me rather a rara avis as a female author; the traditional male-centric slant of noir (both literary and film) is well-documented and apparent. But I am even more of a rare bird demographically when … Continue reading