‘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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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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Inspiration Behind Practical Geology by C. S. Boyack

Practical Geology

I had the pleasure of editing a short story for my dear friend, Craig Boyack. He’s been on the blog before. Craig has an excellent blog, where he shares his writer’s life. The Idea Mill posts always get the creative juices flowing. Recently, Shawnee Daniels from Wings of Mayhem made an…

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Talking Crime with Detective (Ret.) Kim McGath

Talking crime with Detective (Ret.) Kim McGath

I sat down with my dear friend, Detective (Ret.) Kim McGath, to talk crime, writing, police procedure, and how to best make our stories ring true. Some of you may remember Kim from her guest post, Who Is The Zodiac Killer? As you follow along, you’ll see how valuable a conversation with…

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British Noir by Paul D. Brazill

Noir genre

It seems everyone defines “noir” differently just as flash fiction is described many ways. However, I think we all can agree that, for the most part, noir is grungy, raw, with no happily-ever-after ending. Like the crime genre, noir has its subgenres, as well. So I asked friend and fellow author Paul…

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Police Procedures: U.S. vs. Canada

POLICE PROCEDURE: U.S. vs. CANADA

I asked two of my favorite detectives (I seem to be collecting them like baseball cards, so that’s high praise!), Garry Rodgers and Adam from WritersDetective to share their police procedures and protocol to show how the U.S. differs from Canada. Gary (in blue) represents Canada. Adam (in dark red) represents…

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