A VERY PRETTY PRISON

Lisa Black in front of the Ohio State Reformatory at Mansfield Don’t worry if you recognize the imposing stone structure—it doesn’t mean you have a criminal record. The Ohio State Reformatory at Mansfield was used in several movies but particularly featured in The Shawshank Redemption. The...

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TV TO DIE FOR

By Lisa Black A surprising amount of serial killers have appeared on television—and not on a perp walk. Turns out they long for their fifteen minutes on games shows and reality TV as much as the rest of us. Rodney Alcala Rodney Alcala’s father abandoned them when Rodney was ten. Seven years later...

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MY BOOK-LESS 2021

I will not have a new book coming out in 2021. Last summer I finished what I thought would be the first book in a new series. My protagonist could be described as ‘like Jack Reacher, if Jack Reacher were a fortyish ex-housewife with no martial arts training.’ I loved it. My agent was enthusiastic...

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ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

by Lisa BlackOpening to the first page of a book always has that same delicious thrill of anticipation as when the theater lights dim and the curtain begins to rise from the stage. Will I be delighted? Will I be amazed? What is going to happen? But as wonderful as beginnings are, every book is...

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SOLEDAD CHAVEZ DE CHACON: AN EARLY ROGUE

by Lisa BlackTo celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, I thought I’d take a look at the lesser-known trailblazing women of politics, women who were the first to break through the barriers of their time.Only two years after the 19th amendment was ratified so...

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