Coffee, Films — and Family

Tomorrow, MY FAIR LATTE, the first book in my Café Cinema Mysteries, will finally be out in the world! If you’ve heard me mention the book (non-stop) the past few months, you already know a little about it: Broke, unemployed barista Halley Greer unexpectedly inherits a timeworn movie theater and reopens it with a coffee bar showing classic films. Opening night’s premiere of “My Fair … Continue reading Coffee, Films — and Family

Research, or suffering for my art

Authors often get asked how much research we have to do for each book. So, I thought I’d share a peek into a bit of the research for MY FAIR LATTE, which comes out March 3 – one month from today. (Think *pre-orders*!) Halley Greer, my unemployed barista protagonist, unexpectedly inherits a timeworn movie theater, which after some renovations, she reopens with a coffee/wine bar … Continue reading Research, or suffering for my art

Another Thanksgiving, with all the fixins

The Halloween candy isn’t even stale yet and I’m already thinking about Thanksgiving. Because: I have much for which to be grateful. I love watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Miracle on 34th Street. And (who are we kidding), the annual feast! My list of Thanksgiving dinner must-haves: Turkey. I’ll admit here, somewhat red-faced, that I’ve never cooked a whole turkey by myself. My mom … Continue reading Another Thanksgiving, with all the fixins

Just a Cupful of Inspiration

Mystery writers often get asked, “Where do your ideas (for books, murders, characters) come from?” This is a question I field at pretty much every presentation and every interview I do. Since doing the cover reveal last week on social media for the new series I have coming out early next year, some people have asked, “Where did you get the idea for this series?” … Continue reading Just a Cupful of Inspiration

Behind the scenes: Author “glamour” shots

Every picture tells a story, even the outtakes — or sometimes, especially the outtakes. I was recently sorting through some of my “author” photos. You know, mug shots, pictures of me at events, signings, and other promotional type stuff. It occurred to me that “the Cloud” enables me to hang on to crummy photos almost indefinitely. I’m not terribly vain, so I decided to share … Continue reading Behind the scenes: Author “glamour” shots

I Missed Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day

If you’re on social media much, then you’ve likely seen posts listing wacky, made-up holidays. You know, like Today is National Popcorn Day (Jan. 19). These holidays are fun to think about and provide easy content on days when you’re stumped about what to post on Facebook (or your blog). Some of the made-up holidays provide suggestions that are just generally a good idea. Compliment … Continue reading I Missed Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day

So, what’s it like to be a mystery writer?

(The answer to that question today is: stressful! Vickie’s on deadline with the manuscript for My Fair Latté, the first book in her new Café Cinema series, due tomorrow! So, here’s one of her posts from the Chicks’ archives we believe is worth a repeat.) I get asked this question and related questions —Why did you become a mystery writer? How did you end up being … Continue reading So, what’s it like to be a mystery writer?

Unhappy camper, and finding your tribe

Lots of authors and readers are gearing up for their annual pilgrimage to Bethesda, Maryland for Malice Domestic this week. Many have posted on social media how much they’re looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones, and how attending their first Malice was like finding their tribe. Kindred spirits. I felt that way, too. In fact, it was at my very first … Continue reading Unhappy camper, and finding your tribe