How to Help a Book Series Thrive

When readers reached the epilogue in Cajun Kiss of Death, my 7th Cajun Country Mystery, they realized it was the last book in the series. Many emailed me to share their sadness about the series’ demise. I thanked them and shared that I was sad too. While sometimes authors make the choice to end a series, often the choice is out of their hands. This … Continue reading How to Help a Book Series Thrive

Guest Chick: Jacqueline Vick

Hi, Ellen here! I e-met Jacqueline Vick through Dana Kaye’s Your Breakout Book and we became fast friends – to the point where I have to remind myself we have yet to meet in person! I love her post on where writers find unexpected idea inspiration… Where Writers Get Their Ideas. It May Surprise You. One of the questions I’m most often asked about writing … Continue reading Guest Chick: Jacqueline Vick

The Cookbooks of Our Lives.

About ten years ago, I was keeping my brother company while he browsed an antique store in northwestern Connecticut, and I spotted this old cookbook: Attracted by the vintage 1950s artwork and historic eateries, I bought the book. The purchase kicked off a hobby of collecting vintage cookbooks – a hobby that’s spawned a new cozy series, the Vintage Cookbook Mysteries, which launches with BAYOU … Continue reading The Cookbooks of Our Lives.

The Incredible Power of a Single Word

A few weeks ago, I spent some time visiting my mother. This involved watching a lot of black and white movies on TCM, her favorite movie channel. During one of the duller offerings – not all of TCM’s selections qualify as “classic” – my mind wandered to a true classic, The Wizard of Oz. It occurred to me that one simple word made the movie … Continue reading The Incredible Power of a Single Word

Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

Season’s greetings, beloved readers! We hope you enjoy the yearly sharing of our holiday baby Chicks cards.   We’ll back on January 3rd. Until then, we wish you and yours the happiest of happy seasons and a bright New Year! Ellen Byron Lisa Q. Mathews Vickie Fee Cynthia Kuhn Kathleen Valenti Becky Clark Jennifer J. Chow Readers, any plans for the holidays? Let us know … Continue reading Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

Guest Chick: M.E. Browning

Ellen here, and I’m so happy to welcome back one of my favorite authors and people, M.E. Browning. And boy, does she have some valuable tips to share… Ten Things I’ve Learned About Writing By M.E. Browning Writing 90,000 words is easy, it’s putting them in the proper order that’s challenging. Occasionally, I unearth some of my earliest writing… and cringe.  But those early words … Continue reading Guest Chick: M.E. Browning

Ciao! Meet Ellen’s Italian Family

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder, the third book in my Catering Hall Mystery series, launches in two weeks and I was wondering what to write for my last Chicks post before the launch. I figure most of you have been inundated with my Shameless Shilling Campaign. (And if you haven’t, have I got some graphics for you!) And then I thought, hmm… … Continue reading Ciao! Meet Ellen’s Italian Family

Apologies, dear readers!

Hi, it’s Ellen, who apologies profusely for putting the wrong date on Micki Browning’s post and accidentally sending it out today instead of 11/10 when it’s supposed to go out. Please stop by on Wednesday, November 10th to read her terrific post. And if you already read it, it’s worth a second read – trust me. So sorry for the confusion. In the meantime, here’s … Continue reading Apologies, dear readers!

Evacuation – the short story that I wrote during our real evacuation.

When they cancelled the New Orleans Bouchercon mystery convention, I decided to make the trip to my favorite city anyway. My new Vintage Cookbook Mystery series is set in the Big Easy, plus our daughter is a senior at Loyola University. And I’m a Tulane alum. So… research. Daughter. Friends. What could go wrong? HURRICANE IDA, THAT’S WHAT. The trip started out so well. I … Continue reading Evacuation – the short story that I wrote during our real evacuation.