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Lou and Friday, the Bush Poodle
              One of the cardinal sins for beginning a novel is starting with the weather, about as bad as waking up in the morning. Yet living in the North of the North of the North, how could I ignore what defines our lives? Northern...
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Midnight in Old Victoria
          On the Queen’s birthday celebration in May 1896, an overloaded trolley car collapsed a bridge, killing over fifty people in British Columbia’s capital.  Victoria has a rich history beginning with the HBC, the Royal Navy, and a few gold...
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Twilight is not Good for Maidens
    The Next Big Thing Interview: I was tapped by Barbara Fradkin, one of Canada’s most decorated mystery novelists, to join this blog tag. Check out her entry at www.typem4murder.blogspot.ca/ Scroll down to Nov. 21.   As for my answers, 1. What is your working title of your book?...
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Lucky Little Lou Allin
  One father was all I needed. I had five mothers and loved each one in different ways. They were born between 1890 and 1925.  The year I came along, the oldest was fifty five and the youngest was eighteen.               My birth...
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Writing's Tangles
                What a fool I was in Bush Poodles are Murder to give sleuth Belle Palmer’s friend a breast cancer “scare.” Nothing serious. Not the real thing. A false positive mammogram that led to a perfectly fine ultrasound. The...
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George Allin
  I got a special 67th birthday gift, costing a few dollars but beyond priceless. A picture of my grandfather, George Allin. I had never seen his image. He killed himself in 1918. It wasn’t something that I felt comfortable about talking with my father, who always checked our gas stove dials...
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Lou Allin Kisses a Chiton on Muir Beach
            I admit to wearing make-up in my distant youth, not very much because I am essentially lazy. Sending my memory back to college and  the dating game from 1963 to 1980, I limited myself to a powdered nose and lipstick. For fancy...
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The Mysterious Forest
       A wandering scholar, I’ve lived many places. The absolute worst was 1915 Pershing Avenue, named for the general but pronounced perISHing.   It was 1975 and I was in desperate need of a job. Universities had hired every professor they would need until the year 2000!...
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And on the Surface Die
 Buddies since we both won the War of 1812! I was honoured to be asked by seven American author friends to join their blog tour, and what a great time it’s been. The mystery-crime writing community has always been amazingly generous, offering help and promotion and moral support.  ...
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Jean Henry Mead
  “There’s more than one way to roast a skunk.” Down-home wisdom from J.H. Mead       Jean Henry Mead is a national award-winning photojournalist as well as a mystery and historical novelist. Her articles have been published domestically as well as abroad and she has served as a...
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M M Gornell
Get your mystery kicks on Route 66 with this Mojave author who lists desire, tenacity, and daring as a writer’s three must-have personal qualities.   Madeline (M.M.) Gornell has three published mystery novels—PSWA awarding winning Uncle Si’s Secret (2008), Death of a Perfect Man (2009), and...
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Anne K Albert
FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL: In addition to being a master storyteller, Anne K. Albert spins award winning stories to chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. A member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in...
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Marilyn Meredith
Marilyn Meredith has a few taboos for her novels. Peek behind the bedroom door in this interview for the secrets of an intrepid author of over thirty books. 1. Which of your books makes you the proudest? Why?   Wow, that’s a new question I’ve never been asked before. Usually I’m asked what is...
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Marja McGraw
Imagine being stranded in an 1880 ghost town or dining with the Bogey Man. Author Marja McGraw tells all, including a disastrous first novel whose title she later stole as a vital clue.   1.      Which of your books makes you the proudest? Why?   Old Murders Never...
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Mary Martinez
A grandmother writing about a hit man? And what's this about getting married on a tailgate? Easy work for Utah's Mary Martinez. Here's an interview with her and a chance to win free books!   Thank you, Lou, for hosting me on your blog today. Great questions, thanks! Here goes:   Lou:...
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