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Cue the Music

Randall Silvis

January 22, 2018

A Writing Life Delayed

Matt Coyle

December 4, 2017

What Turns Me On (Well, Within Reason)

Trey Barker

November 13, 2017

Walking the Walk

Todd Mercer

November 6, 2017

What the Hell is this Anthology

Jay Stringer

October 10, 2017

Resurrecting the Forgotten Spies

Mike Ripley

October 2, 2017

My Long and Winding Road to Suspense

Kaira Rouda

September 25, 2017

All the World's a Page

Glen Erik Hamilton

July 24, 2017

The Summer of Living Dangerously

Christopher Brown

July 17, 2017

The Internet is a Weapon

Christopher Farnsworth

July 3, 2017

Art and My Passion

Michael Johnston

June 12, 2017

Another Kind of Marriage

Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

June 5, 2017

My Top 10 Style Icons

Susan Kandel

May 29, 2017

China and the Art of Writing Mysteries

Jan-Philipp Sendker

May 3, 2017

Visiting the Home Agatha Made

Lori Rader-Day

April 10, 2017

Writing About Murder (When You've Never Killed Anyone)

Kevin Michaels

April 3, 2017

Not Your Grandmother's Cozy

Sally Andrew

March 27, 2017

A Crime Podcast is Born

S.W. Lauden

March 20, 2017

Drinking with Ed and Paul

Paul von Stoetzel

February 27, 2017

Collecting Memories

Caroline Todd

February 13, 2017


Angel Colón

January 30, 2017

Write Like a Spy

Matthew Dunn

January 23, 2017

The Origin of an Idea

Peter Swanson

January 9, 2017

The Inspiration of Bells and Thunder, and the Red-Pencil Conductor

J.T. Ellison

November 21, 2016

Carboard Crimes

Erik Arneson

November 7, 2016

The Hot Bath-Cold Martini Approach to Writing

Patricia Skalk

October 17, 2016

The Perils of Book Tour

Jefferson Bass

October 10, 2016

Tips for Writing a Series

Will Thomas

October 3, 2016

A Melody for Murder

Elsa Hart

September 12, 2016

Double Booked Tour

Shannon Baker & Jess Lourey

August 29, 2016

Snacktime for Scribblers

Julia Keller

August 22, 2016

Movin' Through Kashmir

Mario Bolduc

August 15, 2016

Real Psychic Spies

Christopher Farnsworth

August 8, 2016

My Tribute to PD James

Janet Todd

August 1, 2016

Research Junkie

Grant Bywaters

July 25, 2016

Planted for Good

Katherine Hall Page

July 11, 2016

A Long Weekend...with Death

Curtis Evans

July 4, 2016

On Writing at Sixty

Mark Sadler

June 20, 2016

It's All A Lie

Kimberly McCreight

May 30, 2016

Obsesion as Fuel

Alex Segura

May 24, 2016

Mizuna, Melons...and Murder

Wendy Tyson

May 17, 2016

Second Chances

David Burnsworth

May 9, 2016

My Paths to Publication

Con Lehane

April 25, 2016

Light Fingers, Light Hearts

Glen Erik Hamilton

March 21, 2016

From Flight Career to Career in Flight

Cheryl Hollon

March 14, 2016

So This Is How It Happened

Simon Toyne

February 29, 2016


Charles Todd

February 22, 2016

The Carrot King

Johnny Shaw

February 1, 2016

The Trouble Starts Here

LS Hawker

January 25, 2016

Setting the Stage

Sarah Cain

January 18, 2016

A Story 39 Years in the Making

Howard Kaplan

January 11, 2016

Building Villains in Hotel Bars

Robert Daniels

January 4, 2016

Why You Don't Mess with James Bond

Jane D. Everly

December 28, 2015

Life as a Veterinarian's Wife

Margaret Mizushima

December 21, 2015

From Meat Loaf to The Meat Puppets

Mark Stevens

December 14, 2015

Oleg the Terrible

Thomas Waite

November 23, 2015

A Classroom That Serves Liquor

S.W. Lauden

November 16, 2015

Take the Levites - Please

Kenneth Wishnia

Noember 2, 2015

The Boldly Go Always

Chris Goff

October 26, 2015

Writing Cops Right

Brian Thiem

October 12, 2015

Midnight Ink in Review

Terri Bischoff

September 28, 2015

A Gem of an Idea

Laura DiSilverio

September 21, 2015

School's in Forever

Catriona McPherson

September 14, 2015


E.A. Aymar

September 7, 2105

Choosing a Book Title

Warren Adler

August 31, 2015

Life is What Happens...

Connie Archer

August 17, 2015

Perseverance in Publishing

Andrew Buckley

August 3, 2015

Parsnips: The Root of All Evil

Brad Parks

July 20, 2015

Bastille Day Winemaker Tour

Anne Trager, with Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen

July 13, 2015

Psychics on a Plane

Cameron Harvey

July 6, 2015

Nicest One of the Bunch

Kristi Belcamino

June 29, 2015

On Genre Snobbery

Sam Wiebe

June 15, 2015

A Dental Breakdown

Craig Faustus Buck

June 8, 2015

Confessions of a Lazy Writer

Matt Coyle

June 1, 2015

Tough Career Choices

James O. Born

May 25, 2015

Throwing Stones at Houses - My Other Passion

Brenda Chapman

May 18, 2015

Richard III Was Framed

Tracy Kiely

May 11, 2015

Bees and Bricks

Amanda Flower

May 4, 2015

It Reads Better Than It Lives

Colin Campbell

April 13, 2015

A Writer's Things

Frankie Bailey

April 6, 2015

Slaying the Lady Worry

Jessica Lourey

March 23, 2015

Growing Up Mysterious: Early Lessons in Crime Fiction

Glen Erik Hamilton

March 16, 2015

Fact, Fiction & Ideas

Shannon Baker

March 2, 2015

Top Ten People with Synesthesia: In Their Own Words

Rebecca Cantrell

February 23, 2015

The Art of Interviewing

Deirdre Verne

February 9, 2015

It Runs in the Family

Loretta Ross

February 2, 2015

Bringing French Mystery to the English-Speaking World

Anne Trager

January 19, 2015

Mysterious Gargoyles

Gigi Pandian

December 29, 2014

On Inspiration and Female Mystery Writers

Alexandra Monir

December 15, 2014

Anecdotes from a Writer's Life

David Khara

December 8, 2014

Write Who You Are

Sharon Linnéa

December 1, 2014

Team Writing

Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens

November 24, 2014

Too Many Conferences?

Linda O. Johnston

November 17, 2014

Remembering Gary Reilly

Mark Stevens

November 10, 2014

Navigating the Minefield of Comedy Horror

Michael Logan

October 31, 2014

Asperger's Mystery Challenge

E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen

October 27, 2014

Why I Write Crime Thriller Fiction

Mark Rubinstein

October 20, 2014

Switch On, Brain Off

Bob Vardeman

October 13, 2014

Heroine Chic

Aric Davis

September 29, 2014

Graffiti Money

Dianne Emley

September 21, 2014

The Unconditional Love of a Dog

Barbara Levenson

September 6, 2014

Making the Unbelievable a Reality

Dean Crawford

August 4, 2014

Ice Cream: Super Yummy or Simply Delicious?

Steve Hockensmith

July 28, 2014

The Travel Bug

Wendy Tyson

July 21, 2014

A Woman, A Man, A Garden of Snakes

Karen Keskinen

July 15, 2014

My Love of Nests

Chevy Stevens

June 30, 2014

In Vino Veritas

Chuck Greaves

June 17, 2014

Hard to Resist: The Siren's Song of Writing

Jenny Milchman

June 2, 2014

Hunting for Stories with Harriet

Lauren Miller

May 26, 2014

The Art of Consign

Catriona McPherson

May 19, 2014

It Was the Best of Times; It Was the Worst of Times

Maddy Hunter

May 12, 2014

Death Through the Victorian Camera Lens

Christine Trent

May 4, 2014

In My Room

Gordon McAlpine

April 28, 2014

Crime Stories, Told by a Chorus

James Klise

April 24, 2014

Father and Son

Daniel Palmer

April 14, 2014

A Blessed Escape

Edward Marston

April 7, 2014

Forever Young

Naomi Hirahara

March 31, 2014

Mary Sue vs. Debbie Harry

Jennifer Harlow

March 10, 2014

Why I Write Forensic Thrillers

Kathy Reichs

March 3, 2014

In Praise of Used Bookshops

Kim Cooper

February 17, 2014

An Ode to Brad Pitt

Susan Klaus

December 10, 2013

Fall Leaves and Memories

David Bell

November 11, 2013

I Have Just the Container for That

Michael W. Sherer

October 21, 2013

The Challenge of a Legal Thriller

Ronald Balson

October 7, 2013

You Can't Make This Stuff Up (Or Can You?)

Darrell James

August 13, 2013

The Baddest Baddies

Taylor Stevens

July 8, 2013

Nobody Likes a Braggart

Cash Peters

July 1, 2013

Killing and Couponing in Kitten Heels

Linda Joffe Hull

June 17, 2013

From Dust Bunnies to Book

Catriona McPherson

June 10, 2013

Murder as a Fine Art

David Morrell

April 29, 2013


Connie di Marco

March 25, 2013

Vacationing with your Characters

Kris Neri

March 18, 2013

Constructing the Villain

Charles Brokaw

March 11, 2013

"Where Do You Get Your Ideas?"

Shannon Baker

March 4, 2013

On Social Acceptability and School Lunches

Sara J. Henry

February 25, 2013

Video Games Make Great Characters

Robert Ferrigno

February 18, 2013

The Mystery of Poodles

Linda O. Johnston

February 4, 2013

The Curse of the Blank Page

Michael Palmer

January 29, 2012

Write What You (Don't) Know

David Bell

January 14, 2012

Alice in Writingland

Jenn McKinlay

December 3, 2012

3 Female Sleuths with a Big Influence

Gigi Pandian

November 26, 2012

My Five Most Influential Books

Michael W. Sherer

November 19, 2012

Past is Prologue

Dianne Emley

November 5, 2012

Ghosts and Goblins

Carolyn Hart

November 2, 2012

A Holiday to Die For

Melissa Bourbon

November 1, 2012

Things That Go Bump

Heather Blake

October 31, 2012

Which Kind of Witch?

Bailey Cates

October 30, 2012

Hallo-weird Superstitions

Rochelle Staab

October 29, 2012

Top 10 FEMALE Mad Scientists

Bekka Black

October 22, 2012

Honoring the Legacy

Jamie Freveletti

October 2, 2012

It's Never Over

Hank Phillippi Ryan

September 24, 2012

Getting In, Researching in Hard to Reach Places

Linda Fairstein

August 27, 2012

Casting, Ouch

Rochelle Staab

August 13, 2012

Eight Legs Too Many

Timothy Hallinan

August 6, 2012

Why I Write (and Read) Mysteries and Thrillers

Rebecca Cantrell

July 13, 2012

Genre Jumping!

Starr Reina

July 16, 2012

Sunday Night Weekend Killer

Ben LeRoy, Chantelle Aimée

July 15, 2012

The Case of the Changing Genres

Kathryn Miller Haines

July 2, 2012

Write When You're Uninspired

Ben Coes

June 26, 2012

Top Ten Ways to Avoid Writing

Rosemary Harris

June 18, 2012

The Chronology of an Idea

Bryan Gruley

June 11, 2012

Booklist: Sirens of Suspense, If You Don't Know Them It's A Crime

Keir Graff, Chantelle Aimée

May 18, 2012

An Author's Best Friend

Joshua Graham

April 30, 2012

Top 10 Author Taboos

Dana Kaye

April 9, 2012

Is Your Psycho Killer Just...Psycho?

Dennis Palumbo

March 26, 2012

So Your'e a First-Time Author: Some Tips on Getting from Day -2000 to Day 10

Kira Peikoff

March 5, 2012

A Classic Case of 'What If?"

GM Best

February 6, 2012

Now or Never

Steven M. Forman

January 30, 2012

Serial Thrillers

Stuart Neville

January 23, 2012

Crazy About Ideas

Lois Greiman

January 16, 2012

In Memoriam: Trish Stanley and Diana James

Chantelle Aimée

January 13, 2012

Article: Zombies: A Crash Course

Chantelle Aimée

January 9, 2012

LCC 2012: Suggested Reading

Chantelle Aimée

January 3, 2012

Best of 2011: A Year in Discoveries

Chantelle Aimée

December 20, 2011

Making Research Fun

Chris Ewan

December 5, 2011

A Worthy Villain

Allison Brennan

November 28, 2011

Truth is Creepier than Fiction

Leslie Budewitz

November 21, 2011

My Character's Closet

Kris Neri

November 14, 2011

Just for the Fun of It

Zoë Sharp

November 8, 2011

On Guns and Blood: Some Basics

Chantelle Aimée

November 2, 2011

Trick or Treat? 10 Frightening Moments in Writing

Rochelle Staab

October 26, 2011

Mysteries and Messages

Linda O. Johnston

October 10, 2011

I'm With the Band

David Bell

October 3, 2011

Don't Stop the Madness!

Darrell James

September 26, 2011

The New Power Generation

Simon Wood

September 1, 2011

My Siren Song

Rebecca Cantrell

September 12, 2011

The 5 Traits of Highly Successful Mystery Novelists

Will Lavender

August 22, 2011

My Favorite Murder

The Femmes Fatales: Hank Phillipi Ryan, Toni L.P. Kelner, Kris Neri, Mary Saums, Elaine Viets, Donna Andrews, Dana Cameron and Charlaine Harris

August 15, 2011

Dark Heroes and the Moral Code

Melissa Bourbon

August 8, 2011

11 Tips for a Successful Query Letter

Chantelle Aimée

August 1, 2011

50 Ways to Kill Your Characters

Amy Stewart

July 25, 2011

The E-volution

Brett Battles

July 18, 2011

The New Rules

Chantelle Aimée

July 12, 2011

Digging for Thrills

Boyd Morrison

July 6, 2011

The Poisoned Pen Conference Wrap-Up

Chantelle Aimée

June 30, 2011

When Reserve Fails (Epically...)

Victoria Laurie

June 27, 2011

Detroit Dog Rescue Fundraiser Recap & Photos

Chantelle Aimée

June 23, 2011

Minor Character, Major Player

Julie Hyzy

June 13, 2011

If it's June, it must be Odelia!

Sue Ann Jeffarian

June 6, 2011

Detroit Dog Rescue - eBay Items

Chantelle Aimée

June 5, 2011

Detroit Dog Rescue Fundraiser

Chantelle Aimée

June 2, 2011

Writing Realistic Cop Characters: Some Basics

Kathy Bennett

May 26, 2011

How to Be an FBI AGENT...or at least write one

Chantelle Aimée

May 10, 2011

Food For Thought

Avery Aames

May 2, 2011

In Pursuit of the Dream

Mark P. Sadler

April 11, 2011

Crazy Time

Poe's Deadly Daughters: Sandra Parshall, Elizabeth Zelvin, Sheila Connolly, Sharon Wildwind, Julia Buckley,

April 4, 2011

Writing Can Kill You

Deborah Coonts

March 28, 2011

Suspense...with Paws!

Linda O. Johnston

March 22, 2011

The Anthony Awards: For your consideration, some blatant self promotion

Chantelle Aimée

March 17, 2011

Genre-Hopping for the Mystery Author

Sophie Littlefield

March 9, 2011

10 Little-Known Facts About Interrogation

Chantelle Aimée

February 17, 2011

Done to Death: How much violence is too much?

Sheila Lowe, Chantelle Aimée, Roni Olson

November 9, 2010

Cozy up to the Firing Squad

Juliet Blackwell, Chantelle Aimée, Roni Olson

November 4, 2010

How Vile is Your Villain

Simon Wood, Chantelle Aimée, Roni Olson

August 9, 2010

Police Procedure or Citzen's Arrest?

Dianne Emley, Chantelle Aimée, Roni Olson, Isabella Maldonado

July 30, 2010

You're So Punny

Chantelle Aimée, Roni Olson

July 20, 2010

Does Mystery Have to Equal Murder?

Suzanne Arruda, Chantelle Aimée, Roni Olson

July 2, 2010

Long Story Short

Chantelle Aimée, Roni Olson

June 13, 2010

Beating the Block

Roni Olson, Chantelle Aimée, Diana Manley

April 26, 2010

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears...Solving Crimes! Oh My!

Kris Neri, Chantelle Aiméee, Roni Olson, Diana Manley

April 23, 2010

Write What You Know, or Know What You Write?

Chantelle Aimée, Roni Olson, Diana Manley

April 20, 2010

On Location

Diana Manley, Roni Olson, Chantelle Aimée

March 3, 2010

How Much Sex is Too Much?

Roni Olson, CChantelle Aimée, Diana Manley

February 23, 2010

The Sirens Re-Name the Classics

Suzanne Arruda, Diana Manley, Chantelle Aimée, Roni Olson

February 16, 2010

I've Got So Much to Say and All of it's Cliché (so please don't say you've heard this one before...)

Roni Olson, Chantelle Aimée, Diana Manley

February 12, 2010

The Prattling Protagonist: Dont' get too close! I have issues!

Suzanne Arruda, Chantelle Aimée, Diana Manley, Roni Olson

February 11, 2010

Fȇte Accompli: The Sirens pick their ideal dinner guests from the real and the fictional

Diana Manley, Roni Olson, Chantelle Aimée

February 1, 2010

The Sirens Pick Their Top 5 Books of '09

Diana Manley, Chantelle Aimée, Roni Olson

January 29, 2010

Somebody's Got to Die! Your Friends or Your Story?

Chantelle Aimée, Roni Olson, Diana Manley

January 27, 2010

Speak No Evil, Write No Evil

Roni Olson, Diana Manley, Chantelle Aimée

January 26, 2010