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A clever game of murder

Driving to Nashville last week, a friend asked me, “Why a mystery? Why choose to start your writing career with a cozy?”

Simple. There’s something viscerally satisfying about a mystery novel. We encounter murder, intrigue and misdirection. As in life, we face problems that seem to have no answers. Unlike in life, each death or mishap is (eventually) followed by a tidy, fulfilling resolution. And I discovered this gratification early in life within the pages of Ellen Raskin’s devilish The Westing Game.

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Murder isn’t easy

I am heavy into the writing and revisions of Thou Shalt Not Kilt, and the body count has been impressive. To my surprise, there have been two more suspicious deaths. Turns out, this time I was the killer. Honestly, I didn’t like it one bit.

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Stuck in place

This past weekend I spent five days in a rustic camp on the banks of the Suwannee river. The impact was immediate. I am more relaxed, my energy is flowing and writing has regained its focus. This balance came at a cost. Since my return home, I have mentally revisited the camp several times. Something very fundamental about the experience connected with me; I suspect it may have a place in the next tale.

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Guilty pleasures

My work keeps me on the road several days each month. Driving across the southeast, I find myself staying nights in hotels, motels and AirBnB rooms more often than I’d like. I also catch myself stopping in thrift stores, vintage shops, salvage yards and estate sales simply for the thrill of the hunt.

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