Listen to the Authors You Love to Read

For my book-loving fans, I’ve started a podcast called Authors Love Readers, a weekly conversation between authors about how and why they create stories. I interview fellow writers about books and life and quirky, fun things. I’ve gathered questions from readers, adding them to the many, many, many I always have. I’d love to have more interview ideas from readers, so if you have some to contribute, just send them to

The podcasts started in January, and the first three episodes featured Judith Arnold (romance), Patricia Lewin (suspense) and Barbara McMahon (romance). It’s no coincidence that these women also have participated in group book projects with me such as The Inheritance and Rodeo Knights. Other podcast interviewees have included Laura Resnick, who writes urban fantasy that combines comedy, mystery and romance, Linda Cardillo and Emilie Richards (women’s fiction), Victoria Thompson (historical mysteries) and Lisa Hughey (romantic suspense/paranormal). Some planned for later in 2018 include Toni Anderson (romantic suspense) and Julie Moffett (mystery, historical  and paranormal romance).

As you can see, we cover lots of genres and all kinds of books. Since you like books and reading, I think you’ll love Authors Love Readers.

Behind the Curtain in The Big Thrill

Britain-based Charlie.Cochrane, a contributing editor for the International Thriller Writers magazine, The Big Thrill, and an author herself (Cambridge Fellows and Lindenshaw mysteries), interviewed me for The Big Thrill’s January issue. We talk about BACK STORY (Book 6 of my cozy mystery series, Caught Dead in Wyoming), characters from Caught Dead and my other books, consumer scams and a murder plot inspired by my recent cruise. Thanks, Charlie, that was fun. Here’s a sample exchange:

Q: If you were in a tight corner and had to rely on one of your characters to save you, which would it be and why?

A: Either Grif (Col. John Griffin, Army, ret.) or Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher. Grif is the protagonist of my romance novel At the Heart’s Command. He is smart, tough, honorable, and perhaps a shade too reliable for his own good (at least at the start of the book). Elizabeth is the main sleuth in my Caught Dead in Wyoming series. She might not rescue me as a kickass ninja, but she’d find exactly the rescuers I needed. She knows how to find out things or people and she would never, ever give up.

Back Story Moves to the Front

“Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery,
plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page.”

-‐ Emilie Richards, USA Today Bestselling Author

BACK STORY, Book 6 of my Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series with humor and a hint of romance, released last year, quickly followed by a second edition to address a glitch in the first uploaded book. Now I’m busy writing Book 7, COLD OPEN, which is on schedule to release in August. You can pre-order Cold Open on iBooks, Nook, Kobo and GooglePlay now, and at Amazon in May. I’ll let you know as soon as I can put it up there, too.

caught dead in wyoming, cozy mystery, Patricia McLinn, dog mystery, amateur sleuth, women sleuths, small-town mystery, western mystery, romantic suspenseNow a little Back Story preview: After 25 years in prison, Dean Isaacs has returned to Sherman, Wyoming, and nobody knows why. The release of the convicted murderer ensures it won’t be happy holidays for a number of people in Back Story. A debatable accident, a scam and two long-ago deaths swirl together with professional jealousies, family secrets and hot debate over the “lost” Battle of Cottonwood County. Elizabeth Danniher, her KWMT-TV colleagues and her investigative cohorts race to solve old and new mysteries before the New Year scatters their suspects for good.

If you haven’t tried the Caught Dead in Wyoming series, I highly recommend starting with the first book, SIGN OFF, which is free right now on all major retailers. All books also are available in paperback. Do you prefer to listen rather than read? You can buy SIGN OFF, LEFT HANGING and SHOOT FIRST audiobooks through Amazon, Audible and iTunes, all narrated by the wonderful Jane McLaughlin. 

mystery series, podcast, caught dead in wyoming, cozy mystery, author interview, writing processAuthor Alexandra Amor recently interviewed me for her It’s a Mystery Podcast, Episode 49, titled “A TV Journalist Who’s Trying to Avoid Being Caught Dead in Wyoming.” You can listen, read a transcript or download the podcast at her website, or see the interview on YouTube. In it, I talk about Elizabeth Danniher and other Caught Dead in Wyoming characters, and share a bit about my first novel and my unconventional writing process.






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