A short time ago, I had a free ebook on Kindle. “They Can’t take That Away From Me,” It’s a short story, under my alter ego’s name (J. A. Menzies), and it’s not quite like anything else I’ve written. Closer to thriller than mystery. I thought I’d use this as a jumping-off place to talk


We’ve all been there. The proud parents show off their new baby and your first impression is that it’s really quite ugly. Like me, you’ve probably stuttered a little before forcing out something like, “My! Isn’t that a baby?” Unfortunately, I’ve had a similar experience when some proud authors have shown me their new “babies”—their


Some years ago, I was at a Bouchercon mystery convention where some of the world’s greatest mystery writers appeared on panels that covered a variety of topics. I forget which panel I was on, and I forget most of what I heard there. But one comment from one panel I attended stuck in my mind


As you can see from the title, I have strong opinions on the practice of ghost-writing. As a reader, I think work-for-hire or ghosted books or articles that don’t give appropriate credit to the actual writer are morally and ethically wrong. It’s lying, and when I find out the truth, I feel cheated. I absolutely