The Mysterious Case of the Monkey Selfie

When you practice copyright law by day and write novels at night, you experience odd moments of convergence, the most recent of which involves the most famous monkey selfie in copyright history. For those of you just returning to civilization after a ten-year sojourn in the wilderness, a "selfie"--as defined in the current edition of the ...

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 ...