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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RELATIONSHIPS: FICTION VS. REAL LIFE

The Big Reveal In July, I will have the distinct pleasure of discussing this topic with fellow Rogue Carla Neggers in our X-Treme CrafFest session entitled “Character Relationships,” airing during Virtual ThrillerFest XVI, June 28-July 10, 2021. Attendees can tune into over 100 conversations...

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THE SPY WHO WORKED FROM HOME: OR NOT!

by Chris Goff So, I joked about writing The Spy Who Worked from Home, but to be honest I saw a lot of potential there. Except, it turns out, it's hard to spy from home. Spying is all about intelligence gathering, and in today's world with all the secure buildings and heavily defended cyber...

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CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES

 by Chris GoffIt's 2020, and who among us hasn't seen changes. The Rogues are changing. We say goodbye to two of our earliest members: Jamie Freveletti and Robin Burcell. They both plan to focus on their writing in the coming year, and―while we'll miss them both―we wish them...

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COMING OF AGE IN THE TIME OF COVID

by Chris GoffI celebrated a birthday a few weeks back, one that marks retirement for many people. But not a writer. Right?That's something I am. I have four training books on the shelf and eight books published novels  I've had some success, garnered some critical acclaim, won a few...

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PANDEMIC 101

by Chris GoffWho knew in February what our lives would be like in May? It’s almost surreal, like a bad science fiction novel or B-rated movie.The TimelineDecember 31, China informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of 41 patients with a mysterious pneumonia, most connected to the Huanan Seafood...

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APRIL FOOL’S DAY: Love it or Hate it

by Chris GoffWhen things don't seem very funny (such as our current situation), my main fall back has been humor. Like cops and doctors fall back on black humor, I've passed along my share of toilet paper jokes in the past few weeks. But, as the days drag on and it becomes harder to laugh, I...

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INTERESTING THINGS YOU CAN LEARN FROM BATHROOM READING

by Chris Goff I love Reader’s Digest. I got hooked on it at a very young age. The articles are short, often reprinted collections of articles from other places. Packed full of information, entries range from bullet point articles, to Drama’s in Real Life, to joke sections, to...

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