Tag Archives: Author

Collaborations Can Be As Easy as 1-2-3 / Author Steven Womack

Writing with someone else is tricky. Most writers have their own toys, their own ideas, and they like to write in their own way. How do you keep the other person from being an intrusion rather than a partner? How … Continue reading

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An Interview with 2014 Killer Nashville Attending Editor Bryon Quertermous

All the agents and editors who come to Killer Nashville are looking for new authors. We make sure of that before they are invited. Sometimes, though, we see a new house that is incredibly hungry. And, for us, that’s a … Continue reading

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Blending Humor and Tension in a Traditional Mystery / Author Nancy J. Cohen

There’s nothing funny about murder. Or is there? Mystery, romance, and how-to author Nancy J. Cohen navigates the delicate balance between bloodshed and laughter in her guest blog, “Blending Humor and Tension in a Traditional Mystery.” Here’s a great way … Continue reading

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Killing Your Protagonist – Or At Least Trying To / Author Vic DiGenti (aka Parker Francis)

What makes us keep turning the pages? The same thing that makes us watch a train wreck. Award-winning author Vic DiGenti shares with us how he beats up his protagonists and how, if they didn’t have to appear in the … Continue reading

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Time Management for Writers / Writer Chloe Winston

How do I find the time to write? It’s a common concern for busy people. Travel writer Chloe Winston, through her own trial and error, has found a way to make it work. She shares her techniques with you. Here’s … Continue reading

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Outline or No Outline? / Author Rick Reed

Outline or no outline? That is the question. Sometimes it’s great to hear how other successful writers do it. Author Rick Reed, after writing several acclaimed books, has found his groove. Here’s his take on how he plots. Happy Reading! … Continue reading

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An Interview with Author Baron R. Birtcher / Killer Nashville Success Story

Killer Nashville is pleased to present an interview with author Baron R. Birtcher, whose novel Rain Dogs was acquired by The Permanent Press after being named a Killer Nashville Claymore Award finalist. KN: Baron, welcome, and thank you for joining … Continue reading

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The Checks Are Coming In: Why I Self-Published My Book and How I Did It / Author Helen Haught Fanick

Sometimes authors wonder when and if they should self-publish a book.  Author Helen Haught Fanick, a traditionally published author, had the same concerns.  As our Guest Blogger this week, Helen shares with us the decision to self-publish a book she … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Books / Wednesday, October 23, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Killer’s Art by Marji Jungstedt The Girl in Berlin by Elizabeth Wilson Death on Demand by Paul Thomas Styx & Stone by James W. Ziskin Today’s Killer Nashville Featured Books take me around the world, but they all have two things in common: non-stop … Continue reading

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An Interview with Author Eyre Price / Killer Nashville Success Story

Today, it’s my pleasure to interview Eyre Price, author of the Crossroads thriller series and Killer Nashville Success Story. So, Eyre, when did you know you wanted to be a writer? I’ve absolutely always wanted to be a writer. It … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Friday, October 4, 2013 / “Roots: The Saga of an American Family” by Alex Haley / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

As abhorrent as I have always viewed slavery, this book actually made me feel it. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley Like most of Americans in the 1970s, I was riveted to the mini-series “Roots.”  Also probably … Continue reading

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2014 Guests of Honor Announced

Killer Nashville is please to announce bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and William Kent Krueger as the 2014 Guests of Honor for our 9th annual writers’ conference. Lisa Jackson is neck deep in murder, her books appear on The New York Times, USA … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Friday, September 27, 2013 / “SNAFU” by Glen C. Allison / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Discover why I’m a new fan of Glen C. Allison’s messed-up protagonist in SNAFU. SNAFU by Glen C. Allison For years I have been a friend of Glen C. Allison; now, I’m a fan. Glen has created an incredible series with New … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Thursday, September 26, 2013 / “A Killing At Cotton Hill” by Terry Shames / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A retired chief of police is pulled into the investigation of an old friend in a Texas small town in A Killing at Cotton Hill, a debut novel you won’t want to miss. A Killing At Cotton Hill by Terry Shames This … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Wednesday, September 18, 2013 / “Theodore Boone: The Accused” by John Grisham / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A young wannabe lawyer finds himself on the wrong side of the law in “Theodore Boone: The Accused” by John Grisham. Read my review. Theodore Boone: The Accused by John Grisham I grew up reading John Grisham books.  Now my son … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location: Should You Go? / Author Alana White

If the book you are writing is set in your hometown, details and interesting locations are relatively close to hand: a few days will go a long way in establishing tone, mood, and finding intriguing, unusual places for scenes to … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Thursday, September 5, 2013 / “Tell Me” by Lisa Jackson / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Who murdered a pregnant teenage girl? Her mother is not talking. Tell Me by Lisa Jackson Thriller author Lisa Jackson’s new book “Tell Me” sucked me in and disabled me like a snakebite.  Out of nowhere, from the first page of … Continue reading

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The Fictional Serial Killer / Criminologist & Author R. Barri Flowers

Many of today’s bestselling mystery and thriller novels revolve around serial killers. Makes sense as this type of killer seems to appeal most to the fear factor in us, or the bogeyman or bogeywoman come to fictional life, waiting to … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Wednesday, July 24, 2013 / “The Deadly Streets” by Harlan Ellison / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A collection of stories every short story writer and reader should know about:  Harlan Ellison’s The Deadly Streets. The Deadly Streets by Harlan Ellison Subterranean Press is the epitome of cool.  I have thought so for years.  Books such as The Deadly Streets a … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Books / Tuesday, June 23, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

The senseless murder of children in Africa, an Amish love affair, a woman’s heart-tugging self-discovery, the financial industry’s crooked corporate deals, and the death of a police officer. Here are some books I think you might find of interest. Some I have … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Books / Friday, June 19, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A man on death row, a second wife learning the startling truth about the first, a sister avenging the death of her sister, and how to write a killer thriller.  Here are some books I think you might find of interest. … Continue reading

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Why Washington Political Thrillers Aren’t Real to Me and Why I Want to Write One / Author/filmmaker & Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford

I’ve reviewed numerous Washington political and legal thrillers and mysteries over the past twenty years. After reading Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress by Olympia Snowe, I came away feeling that many of the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “You Cannoli Die Once” by Shelley Costa / Thursday, May 30, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa An Italian food mystery series?  What could be better than this!  Get ready to sit down and indulge. Edgar Award-nominated author Shelley Costa has put the fine touches on the start … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Rapscallion” by James McGee / Tuesday, May 28, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Rapscallion by James McGee It’s the early 1800s and espionage is alive and well in jolly old England. “Rapscallion” by James McGee is the third adventure for Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood and in this installment, without giving … Continue reading

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Are We There Yet – Where No Man Has Gone Before? / Author Tom Collins

I try to include some far out stuff in my mysteries, but I’m finding that is hard to dabble in science fiction when we keep catching up with it. Drones are becoming commonplace. The college where I received my undergraduate … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Green Light For Murder” by Heywood Gould / Saturday, May 18, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Green Light For Murder by Heywood Gould I’ve heard it said that the only good producer is a dead producer.  In “Green Light for Murder”, Heywood Gould takes that literally.  This is a true insider’s look at the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Dead Insider” by Victoria Houston / Friday, May 17, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Dead Insider by Victoria Houston There is so much to like about Victoria Houston’s new novel, “Dead Insider,” I almost don’t know where to begin. Plot-wise, it is what I might call a suspenseful cozy, or maybe a … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective” by Christine Amsden / Wednesday, May 15, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden Nothing delights me more than a new discovery and what delights me even more is that I found it from an independent publisher here in my own backyard, Twilight Times Books in … Continue reading

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My First Literary Advice / Award Winning Author/Screenwriter Heywood Gould

It’s 1963. I’m twenty- one and I have the best job in the world— police reporter for the New York Post. I’m making $95 a week and paying $53 a month in rent. A bowl of shrimp fried rice costs … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Another Sun” by Timothy Williams / Tuesday, May 14, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Another Sun by Timothy Williams I love taking trips to places I’ve never been and I think this is the first novel I’ve read set in Guadeloupe.  It is an underdog tale with a twist. “Another Son” by … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “The House of Special Purpose” by John Boyne / Monday, May 13, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne If you are looking for a page-turning mixture of suspense and betrayal within a well-executed part love story, part historical epic, and part-tragedy, then “The House of Special Purpose” is … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “The Mothers” by Jennifer Gilmore / Friday, May 10, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Mothers by Jennifer Gilmore It is amazing how, when one can’t have children, that one sees children and pregnant women everywhere, hears women getting pregnant who didn’t want to be, hears innocent remarks made by family members … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Don’t Go” by Lisa Scottoline / Thursday, May 9, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline Most of the books I read from Lisa Scottoline are series related.  Here’s a standalone you won’t want to miss.  Scottoline is one of the best writers I’ve ever read.  This one goes … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “No Way Back” by Andrew Gross / Wednesday, May 8, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is No Way Back by Andrew Gross In Andrew Gross’s “No Way Back,” a woman has an affair and, while in the illicit situation, her lover is murdered.  In self-defense, she kills the killer, whom she IDs as a … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Blood Trade” by Faith Hunter / Tuesday, May 7, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Blood Trade by Faith Hunter “Blood Trade” is the sixth in the Skinwalker series from USA bestselling author Faith Hunter (also known as writer Gwen Hunter). Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer who finds herself working for the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Shadows On a Cape Cod Wedding” by Lea Wait / Monday, May 6, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Shadows On a Cape Cod Wedding – An Antique Print Mystery by Lea Wait A dead body on the beach, a second murder, and the looming hurricane amidst wedding preparations and a number of romantic and social issues … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Final Settlement” by Vicki Doudera / Tuesday, April 30, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Final Settlement by Vicki Doudera If cozies are your thing, you’ll be sold with “Final Settlement” by Vicki Doudera.  This is the fourth installment in her Darby Farr real estate mystery series. I love the characters and the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Submergence” by J.M. Ledgard / Monday, April 29, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Submergence by J.M. Ledgard J. M. Ledgard’s “Submergence” has figuratively grabbed me by the…neck.  Every few months I read a book like this and it just blows me away.  This novel hit me in the gut. The story … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Skin in the Game” by R.P. Finch / Monday, April 22, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Skin in the Game by R.P. Finch The University of West Alabama came upon a prize with R. P. Finch’s first novel “Skin in the Game.” This is a delightfully original and quirky book. Backstabbing deals. Characters’ high … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “The Mystery of Mercy Close” by Marian Keyes / Monday, April 15, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes Page-turning laughs await in the new mystery from Irish author Marian Keyes’ “The Mystery of Mercy Close.” This is the fifth Walsh Sister novel. Helen, the protagonist, is the youngest … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Farewell To Freedom by Sara Blædel / Thursday, April 11, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Farewell To Freedom by Sara Blædel Sara Blædel was voted as Denmark’s most popular novelist three times in a row. That’s no surprise. When it comes to police procedural, she’s always been one of my favorites. “Farewell to Freedom” … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger / Friday, April 5, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger William Ken Krueger’s new deeply human grief-ridden novel “Ordinary Grace” is as much a literary novel as it is a mystery. Told from the point-of-view of a 13-year-old boy, Frank, an about-to-be … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “The Seventh Victim” by Mary Burton / Wednesday, April 3, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton This is a sick, edge-of-your-seat ride with no good end in sight. From the first page you know it is going to be a rollicking ride. Mary Burton’s “The Seventh Victim” blew … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Hunting Daylight” by Piper Maitland / Thursday, March 21, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Hunting Daylight by Piper Maitland I’ve discovered a new series!  Today’s Book of the Day is two-for-one.  Fellow Tennessee writer Michael Lee West has duplicated herself into writing alter ego Piper Maitland.  Berkley sent “Hunting Daylight” by Piper … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, March 20, 2013 / “Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction” by Tracy Kidder & Richard Todd

Today’s featured book is Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd “Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction” by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd provide a rare treat for nonfiction writers.  Here is the chronicle of two men … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, March 19, 2013 / “Heart of Ice” by P.J. Parrish / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Heart of Ice by P.J. Parrish I save books from P.J. Parrish for when I know I won’t be interrupted. For “Heart of Ice” even sleep had to wait. I can’t say enough superlatives about this writing dynamic … Continue reading

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Why Do Amateur Sleuths Solve Crimes? / Author Sharon Woods Hopkins

Last month I participated on a panel called “Killing Me Softly” at a writers’ conference. It wasn’t about the 1973 Roberta Flack song, as I first thought. Rather, it was a lively discussion about what that title would mean relative … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Dead Letter Day” by Eileen Rendahl / Tuesday, March 12, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Dead Letter Day by Eileen Rendahl A smorgasbord of supernatural characters await in Eileen Rendahl’s well-written “Dead Letter Day.”  Third in the series and a combination of mystery, fantasy, and romance, this novel is an excellent blend of … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Three Graves Full” by Jamie Mason / Friday, March 8, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason Bodies buried in the backyard. Well, the front yard, too. And he only killed one of them. Excellently plotted and filled with surprises, it is an unlikely romp of Good Samaritans, curious … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Baksheesh” by Esmahan Aykol, translated by Ruth Whitehouse / Tuesday, March 5, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Baksheesh by Esmahan Aykol, translated by Ruth Whitehouse Bribery can get you many things. Including an apartment where a dead body turns up and you become the main suspect.  Such is the case with Esmahan Aykol’s second book … Continue reading

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