The 3 Years it took to write By Accident

The 3 Years it took to write By Accident

It’s taken 3 years to bring By Accident to publication.  By Accident is the fifth in my Santa Monica police procedural series. Back in the day, whenever that was, I could write one crime novel a year. That was then. This is now. Things have happened in the meantime....
Joy at Writing The End

Joy at Writing The End

Anyone who writes will appreciate the joy of getting to an end of a piece of work that hooks all the segments together, ties up all the loose ends, and arrives at the right place to stop.  Gasp! The long slog of completing the first draft of my next crime fiction...
Mar Preston – Crime Fiction Author

Mar Preston – Crime Fiction Author

Mar Preston – Mystery Author FJ: When did you decide to become a writer? Mar: No decision involved. I slid into it. Being a wordsmith had been important in my working life in academia. I thought everybody could write. Widowed after only 4 days in our retirement...
Mar Preston – Crime Fiction Author

Detective Dave Mason’s Santa Monica

Detective Dave Mason’s Santa Monica No Dice, Rip-Off,  On Behalf of the Family, & A Very Private School, and By Accident are a series of crime fiction novels that take place in Santa Monica, California. .Millions of international tourists flood Santa Monica...
You Take Proving Your Identity for Granted?

You Take Proving Your Identity for Granted?

You take your identity for granted. Flash your driver’s license and maybe a credit card, and that’s it. We all know identity theft is lucrative for thieves, misery for the victim. Does this sweet old face below look like it’s laundering drug money? You think the...
New Life in a New Country – Ottawa, Ontario

New Life in a New Country – Ottawa, Ontario

Moving back “home” became something new. Surprises at my new life in a new country.  Surprises?  Canadians like sweet iced tea. Ick. No pennies in circulation.  They round up to the nickel. I’m sorry it’s taken so long to post this update for...
The Basics of My New Life in Ottawa, Ontario

The Basics of My New Life in Ottawa, Ontario

You don’t realize how time and energy-consuming it is to set up the basics of life, life as we know it in the 21st century. Life, for me, includes an Internet connection, smartphone, and TV, a bank, credit card, driver’s license. I’m sorry it’s taken so long for...
Mar Preston – Crime Fiction Author

How could you have a disappointing weekend in Quebec City?

My new life in another country. Quebec City is one of the glories of Canada. My friend Judith Cassis was visiting. We decided to take the train from Ottawa to Quebec City and hit all the highlights. No research, no guidebooks. We’re smart. We’ll figure it...

Smart Women:  Bad Choices: A Weekend in Quebec City

My friend Judith Cassis and I took an excursion boat out into the mighty St. Lawrence Seaway connecting the inland provinces of Canada to the Atlantic Ocean. The currents in this deep and swift river make it one of the most dangerous waterways in the world. A pleasant...
Mar Preston – Crime Fiction Author

Arrival in a New Country

I’m now living my new life in another country.  The basic set up of a new life in Ontario, Canada requires patience and grim determination.  Stamina as well. A few days have passed since the hellish date of departure, and fortunately, that’s now  past. I’d...