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No Hiding Place Part II – The Marketing of Addiction

Once opioids found acceptance for pain management, several versions of the drugs were introduced. The premier brands were Demerol, Vicodin, and Percocet. Demerol is given by injection but the other two were prescription pills, made by blending hydrocodone or oxycodone … Continue reading

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No Hiding Place – The Opiate Epidemic in America

Note: For the manuscript I’m currently writing, I’ve been researching the heroin epidemic that has stretched into almost all corners of America. Then this week came news that the death of Prince may be linked to prescription opiates. I thought … Continue reading

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Read a Short Story for Free

A while back I had a short story done as a podcast by Crime City Central. You can now read a text version of that story for free at Inkitt. I published “The Extra Postage” as part of a contest … Continue reading

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Rip It Good

Recently I learned the lesson that most authors have to learn. You may understand it intellectually, but this is one of those lessons that you physically have to learn, since it will cause pain and self-doubt in the short term. … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger

I was the guest writer today on the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine blog, “Something Is Going to Happen.” I decided to write about a police technique I encountered through the Citizen’s Police Academy at the Police Training Institute at the … Continue reading

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Homophones – the Land Minds of Writers

(and yes, that won was on purpose, as was that one.) It’s rare that you can scroll through a day’s worth of Facebook posts or memes without seeing a homophone – a word that’s pronounced the same way though it’s … Continue reading

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Want To Hear A Story?

The website Crime City Central has posted a new podcast of one of my stories. The editor had contacted me after seeing my recent short story in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine to see if I’d have a story available that … Continue reading

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New Short Story Published

One aspect of the writer’s life that many on the outside don’t understand is the length of time it takes to get something published. In the winter of 2011, I wrote a short story called “The Covering Storm,” a murder … Continue reading

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Days of the Roundtable

**I recently attended the Killer Nashville Conference. It was an exciting time, and I’ve written a general article about the conference that will be published in Suspense Magazine. Here, though, I’d like to go over some of the individual parts … Continue reading

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Podcast

Earlier this year I’d recorded a podcast for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine of my first mystery short story, “A Good Man of Business.”  A friend who has digital recording equipment served as the engineer.  I also composed music for the … Continue reading

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