Guest Chick: Heather Weidner

The Chicks are happy to have Heather Weidner on the blog sharing about her early influences. Take it away, Heather! Early Influences That Led to My Addiction to the Mystery Life Many thanks to Ellen and the Chicks for letting me visit and talk about the early influences that led to my life-long addiction to mysteries and true-crime and provided lots of background material for … Continue reading Guest Chick: Heather Weidner

Snow on Easter or Spring in da U.P.

Most of you already know (especially if we’re friends on Facebook or friends IRL), that my hometown is Memphis, but I now live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I often get questions about where I live. Memphis summary: Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, is there. Half a million people tour it each year. I think everyone should see the Jungle Room once, but once is … Continue reading Snow on Easter or Spring in da U.P.

Road Trippin’

The last road trip I took involved going up the coast of Oregon, and it was amazing! I have fond memories of camping in Northern California, exploring the Oregon beaches, visiting the Tillamook factory, and checking out Powell’s Books. When I discovered that Left Coast Crime was happening in Albuquerque, I figured we could drive to New Mexico. (And by we, I mean my other … Continue reading Road Trippin’

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

Chicks News Flash – Two Giveaways!

Hi all! Just a quick email to alert you to two giveaways featuring Chicks on the Case Authors. The first books in Ellen Byron and Jennifer J. Chow’s new series – Bayou Book Thief, Book #1 in Ellen’s Vintage Cookbook Mysteries and Death By Bubble Tea, Book #1 in Jen’s LA Night Market Mysteries – are included in the this great Spring Reading: Mystery Edition … Continue reading Chicks News Flash – Two Giveaways!

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

Left Coast Crime 2022

  If you’re heading to Left Coast Crime this week, please say hello!  We are so excited to see everyone… and here’s where you can find us. ☀️Thursday 9:00 am Author Speed-Dating Jennifer Chow and Leslie Karst 3:45 pm The Liars Panel Johnny Shaw, Steve Brewer, Ellen Byron/Maria DiRico, Susanna Calkins, Wanda M. Morris 8:30 pm Toastmaster Kellye Garrett Hosts Game Night Ellen Byron/Maria DiRico, Marco Carocari, … Continue reading Left Coast Crime 2022

Happy April Fish Day

Historians don’t really know the origins of April Fool’s Day (and there is some dispute about how to punctuate it), but some believe it goes back to 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian. In the Julian calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox, which typically occurs somewhere around April 1st. Those sillies who didn’t get the news that … Continue reading Happy April Fish Day

Guest Chick: Dawn Dixon

Becky here. I’m thrilled to host Dawn Dixon today so she can tell you about the terror and exhilaration of debuting her novel, FAUX FINISHED. Have Book Club, Will TravelThis article originally appeared in the February 2022 Writers and Publishers newsletter. “Home again, home again, jiggety-jig,” I mutter unhappily as I pull up to my friend Carol’s smart brick ranch house. Its book-club day and … Continue reading Guest Chick: Dawn Dixon