Editing book one

Writing the first draft is easy. Editing is equal parts terrifying and tedious. Terrifying, because after several weeks of working on books 2 and 3, I have gained an objective view point on the story. What if the story sucks? What if the story is fine but the words are …

Why I will self-publish

Part of the research I have done into writing a book/series/murder mystery/cozy mystery, has been about publishing. Before I started to read up on it, I had imagined I would go the traditional route. Get an agent, then a publisher, publish mainly in print with ebooks on the side. However, …

Favorite authors: Jasper Fforde

I will be featuring some of my favorite authors in an aspired new monthly feature, and I begin with Jasper Fforde. He wrote about shades of grey before that atrocious series stole his series title, his Thursday Next is one of my favorite sleuths ever, the nursery crime series is …

People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.

– Harlan Ellison

About the Murder Travels series

When I was given the idea to write a book, I was a few months into my eventual 15 month tour around the world. The idea didn’t go away, and when I started to think what kind of a book I would write, three things became immediately clear. Travel Obviously …