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The Writer as Watcher

Writing police procedurals as I do, I read a lot of police procedural fiction because I enjoy it. It’s not as if I want to imagine myself in the role of the first on scene investigator. Imagine the stress of … READ MORE »

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Writing As An Astral Projection Device

When a book comes alive it’s a wonderful feeling. Your words sparkle on the pages. The dialogue is snappy. You even laugh out loud at some of your one-liners. The characters leap off the page. You can’t wait to get … READ MORE »

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Rogue Critique Sessions

Here I am at the Southern California Writers Conference in San Diego for the weekend. I ventured out of the hotel this evening looking for some dinner, using my GPS to drive to an unfamiliar location. Not only was it … READ MORE »

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My Secret Addiction

I like to live dangerously, tinkering with the edge of old addictions.  I just laid a jigsaw puzzle out on my dining room table. Now what earthly good are jigsaw puzzles? What does hours hunched over a scattering of brightly-coloredpuzzle … READ MORE »

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Knowing It’s Controversial

 My new book, On Behalf of the Family, is the third in a series featuring Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department. He is presented with a complex car arson death of a beautiful and rich Turkish girl. … READ MORE »

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Hiding Aboard a Cruise Ship

I’ve just returned from a six-week cruise ship experience in the South Seas. Was it everything I’d dreamed? Of course, in some ways.   Nothing beats going to sleep rocked by the gentle motion of the ocean swell. I didn’t get … READ MORE »

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