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An RCMP Officer Who Comes From Away With Mike Martin
How many mysteries do you know of that are set in Canada’s easternmost province? Chatting with Mike Martin during this interview made me appreciate how vast and varied Canada is. Mike writes about an Alberta Cree man who now lives in Newfoundland, while I write about characters at the extreme opposite end of our huge […]
Small Town Mysteries and Romantic Suspense with Morgan Wyatt
Author Morgan K. Wyatt writes in several different genres, including romantic suspense, paranormal fantasy and mysteries. Today we’re talking about her Painted Lady Inn mystery series that she co-writes with her husband. You can find out more about Morgan and her books on her website She’s also on Twitter and Facebook. Press play (above) […]
Amateur Sleuths Running Family Businesses, and Villages Within Cities with Leslie Budewitz
Would you own and run a business with your family? As Montana mystery author Leslie Budewitz points out in today’s lively interview, not everyone could embrace such a challenge. But her amateur sleuth, Erin Murphy, does just that in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries. Leslie also has a second series of cozy mysteries set in […]
Dog Detectives and Short Mysteries with Sandra Baublitz
Author Sandra Baublitz and I have in common a profound love for dogs. Sandra’s love is really specific in her Dog Detective series, with Paw the Saint Bernard as the detective protagonist, along with his human, Clarissa. In the interview, you’ll hear Sandra and I talk about her writing routine, some new ideas for another […]
Modern Technology and Old Fashioned Murder with Gilian Baker
What happens when you cross an entrepreneur with a literature professor and a frustrated blogger? Murder, of course! My guest on today’s podcast, Gilian Baker, has been a writing teacher for years. When she started working on a story during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) a few years ago, the muses took hold and they […]
A TV Journalist Who’s Trying to Avoid Being Caught Dead in Wyoming with Patricia McLinn
Former newspaper editor and multi-genre author Patricia McLinn lets the muses guide her when she writes her books. I confess that as a writer I don’t have nearly as much confidence as today’s podcast guest, Patricia McLinn. This interview was fascinating for me because Patricia shares a bit about her writing process, which does not […]
George Bernard Shaw, Teddy Bears, and Historical Mysteries with Meg Macy
Meg Macy writes all the way across the mystery spectrum. What a treat to chat to Meg Macy, who writes historical mysteries, cozy teddy bear mysteries, as well as co-writing an Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mystery series with her friend Sharon. This idea of Eliza and Henry solving crime thrills me. What a great […]
Finding the Mystery Genre with the Help of Greek Gods with Shannon Baker
Shannon Baker has written two very different female sleuths for her mystery novels. In this episode she introduces us to both solitude-loving Kate Fox, and rolling stone Nora Abbott. We touch on the way that the landscape around a character can be a metaphor for their state of mind, and also on history and geography […]
Cannibals, Agatha Christie and a Rock ‘n Roll Murder with Christina Larmer
Introduction My guest today is a woman who wears many hats; mother, journalist, freelance writer, and, of course, crime fiction author. C.A. (Christina) Larmer currently has two mystery series on the go: The Ghostwriter series featuring journalist and amateur detective Roxy Parker, and the Agatha Christie Book Club series, which is loosely based on her […]
African Lions, Jane Austen and a Paranormal Detective with Vered Ehsani
Introduction Today’s podcast episode has all kinds of fascinating connections…with a Michael Douglas / Val Kilmer movie, with turn-of-the-century Victorian England, and with Africa and African mythology. Which, as author Vered Ehsani points out, has much more to it than just the Egyptian mythology we most often associate with Africa. Vered’s describes her paranormal detective […]
Scottish Castles, Casanova and Island Mysteries with Myra Duffy
Introduction Myra Duffy has the loveliest Scottish accent. I could have listened to her all day long. Not only is she a pleasure to listen to, she’s got loads to share about the Scottish island where her cozy mysteries are set. The Isle of Bute is off the west coast of Scotland, known for its […]
Former Police Detective Writing British Police Procedurals with Darryl Donaghue
Introduction Author Darryl Donaghue is a former British police detective. This means he is uniquely positioned to write British police procedural novels, which are among my very favorite type of mystery novel. (One day I might even work up the guts to write one of my own.) One of the writing challenges Darryl put to […]
Think Tanks and Accidental Sleuths with Cassidy Salem
Introduction Cozy mystery author Cassidy Salem has set her first book in a Think Tank in Washington, D.C. In this interview I ask Cassidy what a think tank is, why she chose such an unusual setting and what her plans are for future books. Cassidy is not only an author, she’s an avid fan of […]
Quilting, Corgis, Barbeque and Murder with Elizabeth Craig
Elizabeth Craig has the cozy mystery market almost cornered, with three different series and more books to come. On this podcast episode we talk about her Myrtle Clover cozy mysteries, her Southern Quilting cozy mysteries, and her Memphis Barbeque cozy mysteries. We even touch briefly on her post-apocolyptic zombie novel. 😉 Elizabeth is a prolific […]
Short Mysteries, Alfred Hitchcock, and an Abundance of Story Ideas with John Floyd
Strap in. You’re about to meet the master of the short mystery. When John Floyd says he writes short mysteries, he’s not kidding! As you’ll hear during our conversation, some of John’s mysteries clock in at 800 words. That’s just a little more than one single-spaced page. It takes some kind of amazing talent to […]
Louisiana Legal Thrillers with Global Themes with Michael H. Rubin
Not every author can combine history, mystery and legal issues in one book. Michael H. Rubin, and his co-author Ayan Rubin, accomplish just that with their Bayou Thrillers set in the historical melting pot of South Louisiana. Michael and I discuss how he and his wife manage to share the task of writing compelling, page-turning […]
Paying Homage to Sue Grafton with Bevan Atkinson
Bevan Atkinson is a mystery author who has made a huge, and exciting, commitment to the mystery genre. Listen to my interview with Bevan to find out how she was inspired by the great Sue Grafton and how she’s come to model her Tarot mysteries after Grafton’s Alphabet series. Bevan has put an interesting twist […]
Minnesota Mysteries and Writing as a Form of Healing with Jessica Lourey
Jessica Lourey is my first guest who is a writer and a full-time writing teacher. In this episode of the podcast we talk about her Murder by Month mysteries, and also about her non-fiction book, Rewrite Your Life, an amazing book, which I am currently pouring through. I use writing every day to keep myself […]
Prohibition, PTSD, and Ghosts with Mary Castillo
Amazon mystery bestselling author Mary Castillo finds a fine balance in her novels between the paranormal, historical fiction and mystery. After a hiatus that lasted longer than I anticipated (and included a move across the country, a very bad cold, and a couple of weeks of couch surfing with some very dear -and very patient […]
Comic Noir and Advice from Sue Grafton with Renee Pawlish
Introduction Author Renee Pawlish (and our very special guest Harley the cat) and I have a great chat today about her comic noir detective series, her new mystery series featuring a hard-boiled detective in the WW II era and much more. Renee is a prolific author and a huge fan of the mystery genre. She’s […]
Egg Wars, Silicon Valley, and Psychic Readings with Cassie Page
Where would you find an interior decorator, her tea-leaf reading best friend, and a hot fudge sauce recipe to die for? In Darling Valley, of course! Today my guest, Cassie Page, shares with us her motivation and inspiration for writing the Darling Valley cozy mysteries, featuring amateur sleuth and interior designer, Olivia M. Granville (OMG). […]
London Detectives, Psychometry and Crime Thrillers with Bestselling Author J.F. Penn
What makes us human? I think that’s the essence of so much of JF (Joanna) Penn’s writing. In this wide-ranging and fascinating interview I talk to this bestselling author about the elements of her crime fiction that explore issues like why we are disturbed by human bodies once the person who inhabited that body is […]
Writing Thrillers on Trains, Visual Story Ideas, and Kidnapping Plots with Rachel Amphlett
Thriller author Rachel Amphlett grew up reading thrillers. She mentions both Dick Francis (perhaps my all-time favorite mystery author) and Enid Blyton in our chat; those were two authors who introduced me to the world of mysteries as a young person as well. I asked Rachel about writing in a genre that is predominantly occupied […]
Italian Mafia History and Romantic Suspense with Dana Delamar
Romantic suspense author Dana Delamar explores themes of family and destiny in her Blood and Honor series of novels. As someone who was trained as a life coach, and who believes firmly that life is all about choice, it was fascinating to me to talk to Dana about the path that those in Italian mafia […]
Mysteries in Canada’s National Parks with George Mercer
In George Mercer’s mystery novels predators can be both human and animal. George seems to be the quintessential Canadian author; he worked as a Park Warden for Canada’s national parks system and now he writes about the fictional mysteries that take place in those parks. George and I live on the same island off British […]
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Jan 4th, 2016
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Mar 5th, 2018
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