Smiles, Smiles, Smiles


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As an author, I’m frequently writing about people smiling. Of course, I can’t constantly write ‘he smiled.’ That would be boring, and being boring is a cardinal sin for fiction writers.

As an alternative, I might write ‘he grinned,’ or ‘his lips turned upward at the corners,’ or some other version of lips pulling apart and showing teeth… or not. But are all grins, smiles, smirks, and laughing lips equal? Of course not. So what, specifically, do these different versions of the humble smile really mean?

To pursue that question I recommend reading this series of blog articles on smiles by Sinay Tarakanov. Mr. Tarakanov writes a blog dedicated to understanding what our bodies are saying. Not only is his entry on smiles interesting, but as a fiction author I found all of his articles enlightening.

Thanks for reading this entry, and if you’re a fiction writer, may all the words you produce today be golden.



A Rainy Day Murder Nearing Completion

murder-1This all happens as Hetty finds herself struggling to solve a string of nasty murders. Only this time, the challenge comes in a big city where private lives aren’t as easily accessed as in a small town with its nonstop flow of gossip.

But Hetty Fox is nothing if not resourceful. And she can usually be counted on to ferret out the truth no matter where she happens to be.

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The Hangman’s Daughter, a Review


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A midwife has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a child, but the hangman doubts she’s guilty. It goes against everything he knows about her. But can he find the killer before he’s required to begin torturing her to win a confession?

The story is set in Bavaria in the mid-1600s,  For a helper in his search for the real killer, the hangman  has a young physician, who believes there’s more to being a doctor than the less than scientific approaches of the past. The good doctor also has an eye for the hangman’s daughter.

The hangman’s daughter, meanwhile, likes the young doctor back but there’s a problem. In Bavaria in the 1600s, a hangman’s daughter can only marry a hangman’s son.

I can’t call this a cozy mystery. This is, after all, the story of a hangman. But it is a good read with interesting characters and details of a profession you’ve probably not known much about before.  In addition to providing a compelling mystery, the book also contains some internal graphics that are well worth the viewing.


New Release: Old Bones

BONESThe latest Hetty Fox book is now live at Amazon! In this, the second book in the series, Hetty comes up against a new-to-her kind of corpse.

Mix in the usual challenges posed by her resident ghost and her cat, and Hetty is hard pressed to keep up. But our amateur sleuth likes her life in downstate Illinois, and she is determined to thrive here. To that end, Hetty grabs a deep breath, turns her thoughts to the killer, and throws herself into her work.

Buy it here.

A Visit with Novelist and Writer, P.S. Winn


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PamP.S. Winn always loved to write. Journals, short stories and poems filled every cubbyhole of her home, but until 2012 she didn’t even try to put the words to paper and actually publish.
Once begun the words never stopped flowing. With 15 books published and 2 more in the works she feels like the readers have turned her dreams and sometimes her nightmares into a reality. P.S. Winn lives in Montana, but also spends time in Utah where she also lived half of her life. She has 7 children and 18 grandchildren.

We’re happy to have you join us today. Please, tell us a bit about your latest book.

Winn NovelThe newest book is called “Lies in Shadows”. It is a Paranormal, psychological thriller. It also has a touch of romance. Lucretia has a mental block and at 32, can’t remember a pre-eleven life. Her mother dies and Lucretia’s block begins breaking down and the lies she was told about her lack of memory lie in the shadows of her mind begin to surface.  Deputy Sheriff Max helps her to find the truth, along the way they discover a closer relationship than either expected.

Q: With nine novels and a collection of children’s stories, you are obviously a prolific writer. Where do you find inspiration for your works?

A: My ideas come from mostly life and my vivid imagination. I also can’t sleep at night because the story unfolds in my mind and until I put it on paper it won’t go away. My characters have lives of their own and have the biggest say in where my story goes.

Q: Do you have any tips to share for writers who’d like to follow in your path and expand into children’s books? Continue reading