Chicago Mob lives on in new architectural mystery

Isn’t organized crime, “the mob,” a thing of the past? Not so, according to Brian Bardsley, Jr., Chicago Police SWAT Team leader and medical response specialist, it has merely gone respectable, although not legit.  Over a half-century ago, after the FBI, the Kefauver Commission and RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and …

Honor your own military heroes on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day our thoughts turn to our own military heroes, past and present, who have helped defend our country and our way of life. The what-ifs, if we had not resisted and prevailed—a world under fascism? —are chilling. Wherever your father, grandfather, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters or …

Women in World War II: RADIO memoir rated high

A judge in the 2018 Writer’s Digest self-published book competition awarded 96 percent of  (29 of 30) available rating points to Radio: One Woman’s Family in War and Pieces, by Alice H. Green (1913-1982) and Peter H. Green. This contemporaneous memoir concerns the role of women in World War II …

Women, unsung wartime heroes

On Veterans Day, in this “year of the woman,” it’s important to remember that  World War II was a turning point in American social history. Nineteen million women joined the workforce while their men were away in military service. They made uniforms, boots and K-rations; tanks, amphibious craft, jeeps, ships, …

Pub 1.3 Don’t like the weather? Change it.

Mark Twain said, “Everybody talks about the weather. Nobody does anything about it.” But the writer has total control. An author can set the location, climate zone, season and particular type of weather to begin a story—in a snowstorm (Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson); in the pouring rain (My …

Civil War saga–the next Gone with the Wind?

A new Civil War novel by Ed Protzel inspired by the era’s white-hot passions evokes  Margaret Mitchell’s classic tale, Gone with the Wind. Half-breed Seminole Durksen Hurst, a perpetual misfit and charlatan who must keep moving to avoid the victims of his schemes, tired of his game, returns to his …

New e-zine Fringe explores the arts

I’m delighted to inform to my readers of the new Fringe Magazine, an online “glossy” publication, which brings high quality visual images, thoughtful commentary, selected writings and artist interviews to her team’s growing audience. Created by Sarah Jane “S. J” Robinson, talented writer of Orwellian science fiction, such as her …

Pub 1.2 John Lutz: Tips on Writing Mystery and Suspense

By John Lutz We’re honored today to kick off the Writing Craft chapter of Your Writers Journey with a guest post by my St. Louis friend and writing colleague, mystery and suspense author John Lutz. John Lutz’s work includes political suspense, private eye novels, urban suspense, humor, occult, crime caper, …

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