The Crime of the Century? Which One?

As a trial lawyer by day and a writer of legal thrillers and mysteries by night, I have long been fascinated with the so-called "headline trials"--both the ones that take place in real courtrooms and those that unfold in fictional ones. After all, the most famous lawyer of the 20th Century remains Perry Mason. As for ...

Hidden In Plain Sight: The Private Life in Public Art

From The Last Judgment The creator behind every work of public art--from a painting to a novel to a play to a song--is just a person, and that person has a private life separate from the work art. Nevertheless, many of those artists haven't been able to resist the temptation to stick something extremely personal into ...

How Tweet It Is!

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During my recent interview with Omnimystery News, I was asked to create a Tweet-worthy summary (i.e., no more than 140 characters) of my newest novel, Face Value. The challenge set me off on what quickly became a delightful tour of the Internet via my Google search for "novels tweets." One of my first, and favorite, stops was ...

A Fun Conversation with Omnimystery News

We authors often complain about being asked the same 2 or 3 questions at every single interview. Not so with the clever folks at Omnimystery News. Their creative and challenging questions ranged from my favorite authors to the creation of a Tweet-ready synopsis of my latest novel, Face Value (mine came in at 138 characters) to my favorite ...

Who Tells the Story: From the Bible to Marlowe

Who will tell the story? Every author must answer that question before typing "Chapter One" at the top of that first page. Not who will write the story. That's the author's job. But who will tell it? Who will serve as the narrator? One common answer is known as Third Person Omniscient. That's where the teller of the ...

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

Ah, yes, Norma Desmond's famous line from the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. And suddenly, compliments of another one of Marshal Zeringue's cool blogs, My Book, The Movie, Rachel Gold may be ready for her close-up. Marshal seeks out authors of new novels and asks them to cast the movie version. So when he got word that Face ...