It’s Convention Time Again

By Sheila Lowe When my first two books were published it never occurred to me to attend a convention. They were both nonfiction books about handwriting (The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis in 2000 and Handwriting of the Famous & Infamous in 2001). I did a lot of traveling around, promoting at book signings and giving lectures about handwriting analysis, but that was the extent of my PR efforts. By the time my first mystery was published I approached promotion differently. Luckily, one of the very smart Continue reading →

How to Write the Unbearable

The ninth day of the month is my day to guest blog on Algonquin Redux. It is a privilege. Open topic, no demanding word count, easy peasy, right? So here I am a day late. I thought of excuses, inspired by Miranda Sings—Colleen Evans’ quirky, comically witless character—and her tips on “How to Get Out of Doing Homework.” My daughter reminded me of some of her favorites from Miranda: “I have a rash. I ate too much cake. I have a disease. It’s against my Continue reading →

To Russia Without Love

  Just days ago, investigators concluded that Putin most likely ordered the 2006 murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died in a London hospital bed at age 44. Litvinenko, who had been stricken by a sudden and mysterious illness, became the first known victim of an obscure type of radiation poisoning.  His death is all too reminiscent of the ricin poisoning of Bulgarian defector Georgi Markov, who was killed via injection of a toxic pellet by an “umbrella gun” on the streets of Continue reading →

9/11/12 Revisited

The subjects of my November 1, 2012 Everyday Heroes blog post were Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, two of the heroes of the terrorist attack against the United States’ embassy annex and CIA compound in Benghazi, Libya. I wrote about those two courageous men because they died in that attack while risking their lives to protect employees of the U.S. government, including Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and Foreign Service information Management Officer, Sean Smith, who also died that day. If you’ve been following Continue reading →