Mickey Spillane

My father didn’t read. Ok, he read the newspaper and model railroading magazines. But fiction? No. The exceptions were located at a shopping spot called the Mart, where stalls contained various low key vendors, meaning, most of the stuff in the place consisted of velvet Elvis paintings, soft pretzels, and troll dolls. One stall sold … Read more

Author Terry Pratchett Ponders Assisted Suicide

From Quill and Quire, this article caught my eye–I was slightly shocked by the headline, and even more so by the information I’d not known before, that there are countries that sanction assisted suicide. I don’t think there’s a possibility the United States will ever follow suit. Here, we don’t want to pull the plug, … Read more

Sad News-Brian Jacques, Author of Redwall Series Passes Away

I used to see his titles on the shelves all the time, and whenever I saw an illustration of what looked to me like a ferret–I would get excited. Of course, the animal was either a weasel or stoat, and unfortunately evil, but nonetheless I was happy the ferret relatives were getting press. It is … Read more

Wonderfully Humorous Look At The Writer's Dilemma-What Are You Working On?

From the National Post by Andrew Pyper.http://arts.nationalpost.com/2011/02/03/andrew-pyper-what-are-you-working-on/Have you ever asked your favorite author what he or she was working on at the moment? If so, you’ll be interested to know the question is a quagmire of thoughts within the author’s mind. Read the article for a enlightening look at an writers’s response. The link to … Read more

Superb Look at Digital Book World Conference

Acclaimed award winning author, S. J. Rozan has written a summation of the issues discussed at the second conference held about the rapid takeover of the publishing industry by digital technology. Her factual reporting gives a clear picture of the goals and reality of e-publishing. Her personal thoughts are bracketed, separated to keep from confusing … Read more

Fabtastic! Sisters In Crime Rally Members: Buy From Independent Bookstores!

Sisters In Crime: “Our Mission: To promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.”  The group and crime fiction author Dana Stabenow have issued the cry–Buy Indie, Pass it On. They ask their members to buy just one book on one day,  from an independent bookstore in their neighborhood. The … Read more