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Life imitates art

If you’ve read my mystery Died On The Vine (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? – go here), you recall that my narrator Cissy finds a stray kitten, black with white paws.

In fact, I once found a stray kitten, black with white paws.

Weird thing, though, is that I found the real kitten years after Cissy found the fictional kitten.

It’s sort of eerie. Compare Cissy’s description of Tough Stuff with this:



Of course, it wasn’t a complete replay of the novel. No dead body for one thing. And unlike Tough Stuff, Sam wasn’t an abandoned sole survivor. No, he came with two brothers, and a mama.

kitten family


Really – one day I was passing the sliding doors out to the deck and did a double take – there were KITTENS on my deck!

the brothers

Their mom brought them to my deck, she knew a sucker when she saw one. She was pretty wild, she’d come in with the kittens to eat, but she didn’t want to be a house pet. And so — she moved on.

The kittens still felt the need for a mother figure. You know, like Polly the dog befriending Tough Stuff in the book?

Jenny's new friends

Remember, all this was happening about seven years after I wrote Died On The Vine.  Weird, huh?

Maybe I should write about someone finding a sweet hunky guy who’s a great cook.  Couldn’t hurt.



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It’s been a while since I wrote a mystery…

And now I’m recalling how tricky clue-planting is. You want them to be unobtrusively nestled among all the red herrings and bits of local color. It ain’t easy!


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The game’s afoot!


My heroine just found the body.

And the hunt is on!


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Whoo, new printer!

So now I have two! I still have the grand old workhorse B&W laser printer, but now I also have my color printer/scanner/copier/fax, and it’s talking to the computer via wi-fi.

In fact, when you think about it – when you consider our cellphones and our flat screens, and GPS that talks to us, and video-visiting with Skype, we’re basically living Star Trek. Well, except for the part about, y’know, traveling through space…


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Motivation can be cute

For you writers out there, are you having trouble making your word count goals? Here’s a handy motivation tool, the Written? Kitten! site.

For every 100 words you type, you’re rewarded with a fresh picture of a kitten. Because who doesn’t love kittens?


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A reminder, gentle reader…

If you’ve read and enjoyed my mystery Died On The Vine, how about heading over to Smashwords, or Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, and leaving a review saying so?

(Did that sound needy?)

And if you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for?

Died On The Vine At Smashwords

Died On The Vine at Amazon

Died On The Vine at Barnes & Noble


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