IWSG: Searching for the Magic Bullet

IWSG: Searching for the Magic Bullet

This month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group question asks what pitfalls you’d warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey. The best advice I can give, (other than my oft-repeated “Don’t take advice from other writers”)...
Unsolved Mysteries: Who killed Atlanta’s children?

Unsolved Mysteries: Who killed Atlanta’s children?

Police arrested a monster on June 21, 1981. If their evidence was correct, Wayne Williams was responsible for one of the most horrific reigns of terror in American history. Twenty-nine African-American children had been brutally murdered, along with at least two men...
Haunted Travel: The world’s spookiest islands

Haunted Travel: The world’s spookiest islands

When people think of islands, they envision sun, surf, and piña coladas. But islands aren’t all Jimmy Buffet tunes and limbo sticks. You may be surprised by the darkness lurking beneath that shimmering sand. Here are my picks for five of the world’s...
IWSG: In case of fire, break glass

IWSG: In case of fire, break glass

I’m not great at asking for help. Beyond being a single woman who prides herself on her independence, I’m also an only child who was raised to be self-reliant. Growing up, I mostly had to entertain myself, and I took care of my own laundry and other...
The world’s most haunted castle

The world’s most haunted castle

One of the most haunted castles in the world is located in Ireland. Pronounced “Lep,” Leap Castle was built in the 15th century for the O’Carroll family. The O’Carrolls took the term “sibling rivalry” to Cain-and-Abel levels. One of...
Ghost of a serial killer

Ghost of a serial killer

It was 2006. Rob Graves and his wife Vicki were touring a gorgeous estate in Indiana. The place had everything they could want and then some: an indoor pool, a separate apartment that could be rented out, tons of room to roam, and ample privacy. Even better, the...
With a little help from our friends

With a little help from our friends

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that a lot of people have been stricken by really bad luck this year? Maybe it’s the same every year, but it seems to have hit a disproportionate amount of people I know in 2018. Illness, death, unnatural and natural...
IWSG: How to get your novel in bookstores, part II

IWSG: How to get your novel in bookstores, part II

Welcome, dear writers. As promised, here is the continuation of last month’s post, Making friends with booksellers. This month, the stellar advice is courtesy of Maryelizabeth Yturraide and R.J. Crowther Jr., both from Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, California....