Nature vs. Nurture: What Drives People to Kill?

nature vs. nurture

The debate of a nature vs. nurture is a controversial, longstanding debate with supporters on both sides. Some experts believe if you grow up in a loving home, you’re destined to become a good person. But that isn’t always the case. Ted Bundy springs to mind. He had a loving…

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Pets: Ways to Include Animals to Enhance Your Fictional World

Using fictional pets in writing

I love writing pets into my stories. Not only is a great way to show a killer’s soft side, but they become important family members for the main characters. In my stories, I’ve used a Rottweiler, mastiff, and St. Bernard (MARRED and CLEAVED), a calico, tabby, and all-black cat (Wings…

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I’m at ThrillWriting, Chatting About My Time Inside an Oil Drum

My time spent inside an oil drum

I’m over at ThrillWriting.blogspot.com today, talking about my time spent inside an oil drum. During my edits of CLEAVED, I noticed I had no real life experience to draw from in order to instill the correct emotional response in my reader, so I climbed inside an oil drum to experience…

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Serial Killer Corner: Welcome to My New Video Series!

Serial Killer Corner

Did something a little different today. This video is very laid back. No script. Winging it on the fly. If you enjoy Serial Killer Corner, I’ll create more laser-focused videos for future episodes.   You can find the episode of Partners In Crime that I referenced HERE. All the episodes…

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What Happens Inside a Police Helicopter?

What Happens Inside a Police Helicopter?

You may have noticed I haven’t been as active as I usually am, both here on the blog and on social media. That’s because I’ve been tucked inside my writer’s cave, finally nearing the end of a massive workload. Several projects are completed; only one remains unfinished for a few more…

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Crime Writer Style

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Crime Writer Style

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a corpse was breathing, not even their spouse; Nylon stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that the police would not find them there; The live victims were nestled all snug in their restraints; While visions…

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Through The Eyes of a Crime Writer

Through the eyes of a crime writer

Crime writers tend to have sinister imaginations. We have to. It goes with the gig. And sometimes, we teeter on the edge of paranoia, at the intersection of Malevolent Row and Completely Mad Drive. Evil lurks in the shadows, contempt lie in wait in the weeds. When our inner crime writer takes over, the…

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9 Ways To Build Suspense ~ Fiction Writing

9 Ways to Build Suspense

Last month, Staci Troilo wrote a fantastic post for Story Empire about four elements of a horror story. Which inspired this post. (UPDATE: This post inspired another Story Empire post. This time by Craig Boyack. Be sure to check it out!) I don’t write horror. Many readers think I do. But…

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Badass In Heels: Incapacitate Your Attacker

Badass in Heels: Thumb Gouge

While I’m busy editing/rewriting two sequels and attending book readings/signings I asked Officer X to add to my Badass In Heels series. Officer X is an active federal agent, which is why I protect his identity. Regular followers of the blog might remember his series: Crime Writer Boot Camp where…

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