New York Times Bestselling author

THE BUSINESS

Bouchercon 2018 will be in St. Petersburg, Florida!

Bouchercon 2018 – I’m so excited to announce that Bouchercon (the largest mystery conference in the world) will be held in St. Petersburg in 2018! It seems so far, but I’m thrilled to be the toastmaster and can’t wait to see the other guests of honor Karin Slaughter, Mark Billingham, Sara Blædel, Tim Dorsey, Ian Rankin, Sean Chercover, and all the wonderful…

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Our Love of Books and Community

Last night I spoke at the brand new Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton, Florida about my journey from aspiring to published writer, libraries, and early influences – including my librarian mom. The talk benefitted The Manatee County Library Foundation and it was a wonderful crowd of warm and engaging readers. I opened talking about my…

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What's It Worth to You?

In the controversy over e-book pricing, it might be important to recall that when you buy a book, the form it takes is the least important element of the purchase.  You are buying a story, a work of art.  It takes the author a year (or sometimes much longer) to create something that will transport,…

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It's Not Me, It's You

Like most writers, I’ve had my share of bad reviews.  I’ve also had more than my share of glowing raves.  Early in my career, there was so little attention to my work that the good reviews could make my day.  And the bad ones could send me to bed.  Over the years, after having experienced the full range of…

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In Memory of David Thompson

There is a misconception that the writing life is a lonely one.  While it’s true that we write in solitude, the business of publishing is foremost a business of relationships.  Over the years, our colleagues become our friends.  Maybe this is true of all businesses, but none so much as publishing.  Most of us come…

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Book Groups and Pajamas

I love book groups.  What could be better than a gathering of smart, funny, engaged woman (well, it usually is all woman, and maybe a husband or two) talking about books? Generally, wine and snacks are involved.  And I’m usually in my pajamas.  It’s true — a couple of times a month, sometimes every week, I join in book group…

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Writers Can Cook Too!

Last year, I was asked to contribute a recipe to a cookbook that the Brandeis National Committee Phoenix Chapter was creating called Writers Can Cook Too!  I thought it sounded like a fun project for a great cause, so I happily contributed a favorite recipe. Today, I received a copy of the cookbook, and discovered…

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Family Affair

Today, I was featured in the New York Times “Frequent Flier” column.  Naturally, it’s exciting for a lot of reasons.  But the thing about it that thrills me the most is that without Jeff and Ocean it wouldn’t have happened.  The three of us do most things together, go most places together.  And while this is…

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On The Road

It’s with the usual mingling of excitement and dread that I prepare to head out on the road for DIE FOR YOU this coming weekend.  I’m excited because the release of a new book is always wonderful, because I love hanging out with readers, booksellers, seeing the friends and family that turn that out for events.…

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Barbara Parker

On the desk in my office is a photograph of Ocean and me, when O was just eleven months old.  It is truly one of my favorite photographs.  The woman who snapped it, acclaimed and bestselling author Barbara Parker, did so in a very casual moment at the Miami Book Fair in 2006.  We were…

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