Sunday, October 4, 2015


Look what the mailman delivered!  The ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of Virginia is for Mysteries, Volume II.  My story, "It's Wine o'Clock Somewhere," is included in this collection of 19 short mysteries set in and around Virginia.  Look for an early 2016 release!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Genres, But Were Afraid to Ask..."

ROAD TRIP!  I'm guest blogging over at Deborah Goldstein's spot.  Click here to be whisked away to another great blog by another great mystery writer.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Writing Under the Influence

          I know it’s kind of like a magician revealing how his tricks work, but I am about to share with you the deep, dark secret of writers.  I mean ALL writers.  Anyone who has ever put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard or dreamed up a catchy little ditty in their head.  But you have to promise not to tell anyone because, well, then it wouldn’t be a secret any more, right?  Promise?  Okay, here it is.  Every writer across the ages and throughout the world has written under the influence! 
          Oops, that didn’t come out quite right.  Allow me to clarify.
          I don’t mean that writers are their most brilliant when under the influence of drugs or alcohol or even chocolate (although many writers I know do consider chocolate to be the universal muse summon-er).  I mean every writer writes under the influence of someone whose words s/he has read and admired.  Someone who inspired them with a particularly well turned phrase, or brought them to tears with an emotionally packed passage, or sent their heart racing with a description so vivid and vibrant it’s as if the reader were actually teetering on a cliff overlooking an angry sea.  An aspiring writer will read something so poignant or profound they say to themselves, I want to write like that.
          It happens to all of us. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Are You Ready for This?

<<Cue the Space Jam theme song....

Time for a cover reveal.  This one is for a new anthology, in which I have not one, but TWO stories.  The title of the book is By the Bay: East Beach Stories  and is a collection of 12 fictional short stories that all have a connection to the real neighborhood of East Beach, a small community set along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in the northeast corner of Norfolk, Virginia.

So, without further ado, I bring you the cover of By the Bay: East Beach Stories...

The cover design is by my good friend Gina Warren Buzby.  You can see more of her artwork at and is scene of the dune grass, done in oils.

My two stories are "Secrets" and "The Sniper Sisters".

The book will be released on August 5th.

For more information about the project, the authors, and how to purchase your copy, go to or join our By the Bay facebook group.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Beach News!!!!

Just wanted to announce that my short mystery "It's Wine o'Clock Somewhere" has been accepted for inclusion in the Virginia is for Mysteries II anthology!  So excited.  Watch for more news soon!