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Apr 2014

James Strauss and his Fake Writing Credits

Posted by / in Scams / 17 comments

A year ago, I published a blog post here titled “Easily Fooled” about being on a TV writing panel at a mystery conference with a guy whose writing credits were all fake.  I omitted his name to save him embarrassment. I was being too kind, because the guy is still hoodwinking conferences and the paying [...]

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21

Apr 2014

Diagnosis Murder: 178 Epic Episodes of Crime Fiction Heaven

Posted by / in Diagnosis Murder, Guest Posts / 1 comment

Here’s a guest post from my friend Kate Goldstone, a big fan in the UK of crime shows, crime novels and everything noir, who has finally discovered Diagnosis Murder, the TV series that I wrote & produced…and the series of eight novels that I wrote based on the show.  I don’t know about you, but [...]

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Apr 2014

Attention Fanfic Authors: The Characters Don’t Belong To You

Posted by / in Fanfic / 10 comments

I am always amused when fanfic authors get upset when the creators and copyright holders of the characters they are writing about dare to assert their legal, creative and moral rights. A great example comes from this recent Wall Street Journal article about Amazon’s Kindle Worlds, which allows fanfic authors a platform to write, publish [...]

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19

Apr 2014

Read the Contracts

Posted by / in Fanfic, The Writing Life / 7 comments

It astonishes me that writers, who make their living from their words, don’t bother to read the contracts that they sign. If you want a good example of this, read the  Wall Street Journal interview with Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith. She was hired by Alloy Entertainment to write a horror book series that they [...]

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16

Apr 2014

One Reason Why I Write

Posted by / in Monk Books, On Other Blogs / 8 comments

There are lots of reasons why I write mystery novels and thrillers… To entertain myself. To make a living. To tell a story. But sometimes it’s not easy to put my butt in the chair and write. But then I come across a Goodreads blogpost like the one from author Richard Wheeler…and it’s a big [...]

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15

Apr 2014

The USA’s best thriller books from 2013 – 3 brand new crime classics

Posted by / in Book Reviews, Guest Posts / 1 comment

Here’s a guest post from my friend Kate Goldstone, a big fan in the UK of crime shows, crime novels and everything noir, talking about the amazing year 2013 was for mystery thriller books.  Do you agree with her? I’d be interested to know your recommendations, so leave a comment… What a year 2013 was [...]

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Apr 2014

The Mail I Get Rerun – I Don’t Want to Find You an Agent

Posted by / in The Mail I Get / 2 comments

Here’s a golden oldie from a few years back… I got an email today from a guy who says he’s been writing scripts and entering competitions for the last five years, ever since he got his MFA from York Univeristy in Toronto.  He can’t get seem to get any “reputable agents” to read his work. [...]

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10

Apr 2014

The Mail I Get Rerun – Stop Looking for a Short Cut

Posted by / in The Mail I Get / 11 comments

Here’s a golden oldie from yesteryear’s mailbag.. I received a polite email from a guy on the East Coast who says he has a great idea for an episodic legal drama: Though I spend a great deal of my time developing and selling creative concepts (for direct marketing applications), I’m not a script writer.  I’m [...]

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10

Apr 2014

Talking About Me

Posted by / in Me Me Me / No comments yet

As if you don’t get enough of me right here, there are two Q&A interviews with me on other blogs today. My good friend, the Emmy-winning TV writer Phoef Sutton, grills me on his blog. You may not have heard about this, but like me, he’s writing a series of books with Janet Evanovich. I [...]

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Apr 2014

The Ten Best TV Main Title Sequences of All Time

Posted by / in Main Titles / 23 comments

I love main title sequences, so coming up with a list of the 10 Best TV Main Title Sequences of All-Time was no easy feat. But here goes, in no particular order: Hawaii Five-O Mission Impossible Game of Thrones Mary Tyler Moore Show Star Trek Gilligan’s Island The Avengers The Twilight Zone Law & Order [...]

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