Path to Publication: Elise Hooper

I’m thrilled to be interviewing Elise Hooper on the eve of the launch of her first book (September 8 at Elliott Bay Book Company) and the start of a promising career (she has already turned in a second book to … Continue reading

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What I Learned at Camp Creek

I spent a week in July at a writing workshop taught by Craig Childs on the Zumwalt Prairie.  Here’s what I learned: What I saw on the Zumwalt Prairie: The full moon rise over a herd of grazing cattle. Some … Continue reading

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Path to Publication: Alice K. Boatwright

I met Alice Boatwright at a Sisters in Crime meeting and was impressed by how many copies of her mystery novel she’s sold (over 30,000) doing all of the promotion herself. Once I read Under An English Heaven, I understood … Continue reading

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Takeaways from Chuckanut

While some of my writing friends attended the Rain City Writing Seminar which featured Beth Jusino and James Ziskin and others attended the Historical Novel Society conference in Portland (and I’d love to learn more about those events), I was … Continue reading

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A Tale of Four Agents

So in my long career as a writer (it’s hard for me to say that because it doesn’t seem like much of a career), I’ve had four agents. Two of them didn’t sell the project they represented for me and … Continue reading

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Path to Publication: Andrea Lewis

Every week it seems to me I hear about another one of my writing friends and colleagues whose book is being published. And it was especially sweet when Andrea Lewis announced that she had won a contest that included publication … Continue reading

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How To Get the Most Out of a Left Coast Crime Conference

I’ve attended four Left Coast Crime Conferences, a conference started for mystery writers and readers, as an alternative to the existing conferences like Malice Domestic and Killer Nashville and New England Crime Bake which take place on the East Coast. … Continue reading

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Paths to Publication: E. A. Stewart

Sometimes you don’t even notice the writers working quietly beside you, in my case, my writing partner and longtime friend, Annie Pearson, who writes medieval novels under the pen name E. A. Stewart. I first met Annie when I was … Continue reading

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Path to Publication: Adrienne Ross Scanlan

Adrienne Ross Scanlan has been a student in several of my Hugo House classes: Deep Revision, Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal, and DIY Publishing. And I knew how hard she was working on this book since I saw several early … Continue reading

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Path to Publication: Josephine Ensign

Of all the authors who I’ve interviewed for this column, Josephine Ensign is the writer who has worked the hardest and waited the longest to find the right publisher for her book. I have immense respect both for her talent … Continue reading

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