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October 24, 2014

That was the question asked by the agent behind the Mysterious Matters blog after attending one Malice Domestic Conference and being asked—probably for the thousandth time—how to get published, deciding that a better question was how to improve your writing. Toward tha...

October 9, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a Q&A with Omnimystery News about my new novel PLAYED TO DEATH and its protagonist, Scott Drayco:

 

Omnimystery News: Introduce us to Scott Drayco. What is it about him that appeals to you as a writer?

 

BV Lawson: Scott Dray...

September 29, 2014

Not too long ago, The Guardian reported on the campaign begun by a New Jersey librarian to get Ben & Jerrys to launch a literary-themed ice cream flavor. The leading candidates included Sh-sh-sh-sherbet, Malt Whitman and the Gooey Decimal System. In that same spirited...

September 21, 2014

Books have been the gateway to knowledge, self-improvement, and to understanding ourselves and our place in the universe for as long as humans first put words down on stone and papyrus. But today, there are people around the world who still ban books for various reason...

September 8, 2014

Summer is a great time for star-gazing, which got me to wondering about ties between crime fiction and astronomy. After a search, I've come to the conclusion those ties aren't very strong, for the most part. Fortunately, Conan Doyle led the way early on. In an article...

September 2, 2014

Not too long ago, Hachette Books offered up this little trivia quiz in honor of summer books and reading. See if you can match these seasonal titles with the correct author:

1. Sand Sharks   
2. Sabotage at Sea   
3. In the Heat of the Summer ...

August 24, 2014

In honor of my astronomer hubster's recent birthday, coupled with the also-recent 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, I'm posting an encore of a blog from last year about space-themed mysteries.

The above is a fair pictorial representation of the space shu...

August 18, 2014

I came across an interesting article in Psychology Today. Titled "The Genius of Detective Fiction,"  author Christopher Badcock makes the case that there's "no doubt that detective fiction—both in its vast quantity and intrinsic quality—is the distinctive literary gen...

July 14, 2014

Book trailers are an odd concept, kind of like going to a movie and watching a poster the entire time accompanied by narration.  Still, they can be fun to put together, and I enjoyed creating this one for Played to Death. Check it out and tell me what you think.

June 30, 2014

You've just bought and downloaded an ebook from your favorite author, but unlike the old days, you can't take it with you to a book signing. Bummer. Guess you're out of luck. Or are you? To the rescue is Authorgraph, which opens up new possibilities for authors with eb...

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