WHEN VACATIONS GO BAD

By Chris Goff Alas, it happens. On the tails of Lisa's travel tips, I thought I would share my insight on how to deal with vacation mishaps. We've all had them.  Refuse to engage. Family issues top the list. Let's face it, as much as we love family, it can be stressful getting the whole gang...

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REKINDLING IN THE ARCTIC

by Chris Goff There is nothing like adventure travel to reignite hope, passion or spark creativity. And based on the latest travel data, I’m not the only one that feels that way.  Looking back. Adelie penguins frolicking in Antarctica There is no denying, since Covid, the world has changed....

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WHEN FICTION CROSSES THE LINE

by Chris Goff Recently I read a Soapbox article in Publisher’s Weekly that gave me pause. Entitled Let Fiction Be Fiction, in it the author tackles the question of who gets to tell which stories.  The author’s debut novel, Other People’s Children, tells the story of a couple who, after...

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LOVE AND MURDER

By Chris Goff Barbara Graham Français murdered Mabel, a 64-year-old widow, for her valuables. Barbara left empty-handed, though $15K worth of money and jewels were later found in the closet of the room where Mable was murdered. Years ago, when I was just starting out as a mystery writer, I did my...

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THAT WHICH DOES NOT KILL US…

By Chris Goff With all the talk of scary books and scary movies, I got to thinking about what really, REALLY scares us. We lose ourselves in a story or movie, and we can carry that fear with us for years. Take The Haunting.  I saw that movie when I was thirteen, and to this day I cannot sleep...

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BACK TO NORMAL…whatever that is!

Me, shooting the machine gun by Chris Goff For years my non-writer friends have thought me crazy. After all, who but a mystery/thriller writer would spend Thanksgiving weekend, their family in tow, at a machine gun shoot just so they could fire an AK47? Or give up precious free time tailing...

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HOW IMPORTANT ARE AWARDS, REALLY?

By Chris Goff Ask any author, it’s a thrill to be nominated. And even nicer to win! With Spring marking the kickoff to Awards season, this time of year you’ll find any number of authors waiting on pins and needles to find out whether or not their book has been given the nod. But how important are...

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GOING ROGUE: Five Years in the Making

by Chris Goff It’s hard to believe it’s been half a decade since Gayle Lynds picked up the phone and reached out with the idea of starting Rogue Women Writers. Five years since what began as an idea to establish “a list of female spy thriller writers” morphed into this group of “kick-ass suspense...

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