LaBrava, Me and Dutch and Image Patterns

Dec. 19, 2017 by

    Image Patterns   A quarter of a century ago, I decided to teach a course in crime fiction at the university where I worked for most of my adult life. The focus was on crime novels set in


Sep. 21, 2017 by

This is a King Midget, my first car.  My brother, John, (pictured here with Baby, the neighborhood dog) drove it before he turned it over to me when he got his first car, a ’52 Chevy I believe. The King


Sep. 13, 2017 by

This week I reached the point in the new novel where I decided it was time to do an outline.  That point is roughly 75 percent into the book. My version of an “outline” is a one or two sentence

Friends and Books

Aug. 17, 2017 by

I’ve been lucky to meet many of the writers I’ve long admired and in some cases I’ve been even luckier to have become friends with some. Back in the early eighties, before I’d published a novel, I was teaching a

Nude Woman in the Grass: How I Fell In Love With Mysteries

Aug. 10, 2017 by

(This is a view of the ‘restored” library.  The First Presbyterian Church (which I attended in my youth) is on the far right.) NUDE WOMAN IN THE GRASS My love affair with books began as most serious romances do, when

An Interview

Aug. 6, 2017 by

        Forests of the Night by James W. Hall Published by St. Martin’s Minotaur 352 pages, 2005 Buy it online     Novels by James W. Hall: Under Cover of Daylight (1987) Tropical Freeze(1990) Bones of Coral (1992) Hard

Four Hours

Aug. 3, 2017 by

Okay, I write thrillers, so I should be used to this.  Still it’s strangely hard to accept the fact that on the opening page of the Kindle version of When They Come For You the reading time is listed as


Jul. 27, 2017 by

When I was a kid, besides playing basketball, football and tennis with my friends and classmates, I spent a good deal of time alone.  In my early teenage years, I set up a shop in the basement of our house

Nose in a Book

Jul. 13, 2017 by

  From a very early age I’ve had my nose in a book.  I can’t say for sure what caused my fascination with reading.  My brother, for instance, who is only two years older and had pretty much the same

Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too Spiderman Poem

Jun. 30, 2017 by

“Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too” Since “Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too” a poem I wrote about Spiderman, shows up in a lot of anthologies and text books and therefore becomes assignment material for students of many ages, I frequently get