Interview on KREM 2 News!

Interview on KREM 2 News!

I was interviewed by KREM 2 News! View the interview here and follow me on YouTube! This is my debut historical mystery, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, the first in the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries, set in Gilded Age Spokane. It’s 1901 and Archie Prescot has traveled across the country to Spokane, Washington to design the now …

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Spokesman-Review Women’s Column Newspaper Clippings Circa 1901

Spokesman-Review Women’s Column Newspaper Clippings Circa 1901

For my book, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, I loved researching historical clothing circa 1901 in which to clothe my men and women. But let’s be honest: the women are always more fun for the variety! When it came to first-hand accounts, I was greatly inspired by the Women’s Column of the Spokesman-Review. Below you’ll find …

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Historical Characters in Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker

Historical Characters in Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker

One of my favorite parts of writing historical fiction is getting the chance to set a story where my characters can have chance encounters with real people from history. In my book Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, although I’ve invented all the primary characters, I’ve sprinkled the story with cameos from some of the most well-known, …

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Why Spokane?

Why Spokane?

What made me choose Spokane, Washington as the setting of my historical mystery Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker? Three things: people, locations, and events. Over the next several months leading up to my Big Book Announcement, I’m excited to tell you more about why Spokane, Washington, of all places, really needed a book set in its …

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

UPDATE: It’s not too late to enter! The Giveaway draw date has been extended to December 14! I’m having a #ChristmasGiveaway!  I’m giving away a Christmas Gift Basket full of goodies including TWO signed copies of the Christmas Fiction Off the Beaten Path anthology—one for you and one for a friend!  I’ll be drawing a …

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Why Historical Fiction?

Why Historical Fiction?

One of my favorite authors is Alison Weir, and the reason I love her work so much is because she began as a biographical nonfiction writer. When she started writing historical fiction, her research paid off ten-fold by adding an element of realism that you just don’t get with other authors who don’t thoroughly research. …

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How Much History is Too Much History?

How Much History is Too Much History?

What does a writer of historical fiction have in common with a writer of epic fantasy? How much history is too much history? It’s the same dilemma for both writers, oddly enough. For the epic fantasy writer (like my husband, Andrew Meredith), there’s always the question of spending too much time describing the world, and …

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Reading: Agatha Christie’s Autobiography

Reading: Agatha Christie’s Autobiography

I’m afraid I don’t have much to add to the brilliance that is Agatha Christie’s autobiography. Instead, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite quotes from my reading, particularly those pertaining to writing. I hope they encourage and inspire you as they have me! “The whole point of a good detective story was that it …

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Forgotten Females

Forgotten Females

Did you know: 100 years ago women’s right to vote came to fruition with the passing of the 19th Amendment! Of all years, this year in particular it seems especially important for women to use this right. Two years ago, in honor of Women’s History Month, I tweeted a series of posts about Forgotten Females …

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The Query Question

The Query Question

I recently had a friend ask me how I got my agent with the idea being that she also would like to pursue publication. But when I started explaining, her eyes glazed over and she got that funny twitch in the corner of her mouth that people get when they’re like, “Are you kidding me??” …

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