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One day while reading the newspaper I happened across a small, four-inch item about a woman who infiltrated a drug ring and helped bring down a major distributor in a small town in Michigan. She was a single mother with several children, had no background in law enforcement, and had just lost her oldest son in a car accident. The news story did not give many details about the woman or how she managed to get on the drug task force. It only said that she did so at great personal risk.  Continue reading...
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Dog Eared

Books we love

Very Short Stories

Long before Twitter, writers have been trying to write fiction as tersely as possible.

The World's Shortest Stories

Micro Fiction

Flash Fiction

Sudden Fiction

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Blog Du Jour

Brontë Blogs

Move over, Jane Austen. The Brontë sisters have a strong following in the blogosphere.

BrontëBlog

Brontë Parsonage Blog

Brontëana

Brussels Brontë Blog

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Blog Excerpts

Worst Opening Lines

"Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber..." So begins the winner of the 2008 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, in which competitors write incredibly bad opening sentences to incredibly bad novels. Read the full results here.
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Matters of Faith is my second novel, and I'm delighted that the advance reviews have been fabulous. They've also surprised me with their clear understanding of exactly what I was trying to write about, not because I think critics are thick, but because I tend to think for years and years about a story, and am convinced that it's clear in my head, but am often concerned that I was able to get it down as clearly on the page. And now I get to try to actually explain that process? You're brave people, you really are.  Continue reading...
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Blog Du Jour

Mystery Writers

If you're a fan of the mystery genre, you'll enjoy the writerly insights on these blogs.

Poe's Deadly Daughters

The Little Blog of Murder

Mysterious Musings

Type M for Murder

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