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Tips from the 2015 California Crime Writers Conference

  AS A MEMBER of Sisters-in-Crime and Mystery Writers of America, I’ve attended all their combined conferences so far, and agree with everyone (even Anne Perry), this was the best one yet.  I love the camaraderie of fellow writers. I eagerly chat with them and sit in on their panel discussions. I commiserate with their…

LETTERS & CARDS – Send ’em!

This is the fourth in a six-post series on letter writing (check the right side column for previous ones), inspired by an article in the Orange County Register’s Parade magazine (March 15, 2015), titled Letters That Changed Our World by Liz Welch. “A fan letter plays a starring role in Al Pacino‘s new movie, Danny Collins,” Welch writes. “He stars as…

“SANTA CLAUS” LETTERS

On Sept. 21, 1897, The New York Sun published what was to become the most widely read letter to a newspaper. It was sent by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who lived with her parents in Manhattan. Below is the full text of that letter. Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends…

LOVE LETTERS & UN-LOVE LETTERS

This is the second in a six-post series on letter writing, inspired by an article in the Orange County Register’s Parade magazine (March 15, 2015), titled Letters That Changed Our World by Liz Welch. Love letters…. what gal (and maybe guy) doesn’t sigh when thinking of (or re-reading) love letters they’ve received?  These tender missives are usually…