At Mustard Seed Marketing Mary has a marketing tip for When the Piggy Bank Has Lean Rashers.
At The LadyKillers Blog, Eric talks about our vintage 1995 website in Websites Insights
At The LadyKillers Blog, Mary explores some old English folk customs in her essay Cheese and Bread and Fairies, Oh my!
Mary writes about the amazing automatons envisioned by Heron of Alexandria and the uses we made of them in the John the Lord Chamberlain mystery Three for a Letter, including a mechanical whale: Type M for Murder
At Buried Under Books, Mary reflects on stories of ordinary people. Did You Ever Hear That Story About.
At Kings River Life, Mary writes about cats-meat men, organ grinders and other vanished professions in Grinding Out A Living
At Joanne Tropello's Author's Corner Blog, Mary offers new way to measure the weather:The Sock Index
Suzanne Adair's Relevant History blog is graced with Mary's essay on spontaneous combustion, occurrences of which took place in Two For Joy, not to mention Bleak House, at Fiery Death: Spontaneous Combustion in Literature and Life.
Mary writes about Mark Twain's opinion of relics in The Innocents Abroad at Jean Henry Mead's View From My Mountaintop.
In the April SPAWN newsletter Mary writes about how our Byzantine mystery series began with a very short story in an anthology. Anthologies? We Love 'Em
At Lelia Taylor's Buried Under Books, Mary writes about the November 5th British holiday known as Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night: Desperate Men Remembered
At Jenny Milchman's blog, Suspense Your Disbelief, Mary has a piece about our use of magic our mysteries and a real historical villain, who purportedly employed magic, whom we used for fictional purposes.
In The Devil's Nine Questions at the Dames of Dialogue blog, Mary writes about riddle songs from a 19th century collection of English and Scottish popular ballads.
Mary talks about old leap year customs in Gloves and Garlands at Ivy Truit's Manic Readers blog.
In Mythraic Myths, on Suzanne Adair's blog, Relevant History, Mary writes about what ancient misrepresentations about the Mithraic religion can teach us about religious misapprehensions today.
Over at Killer Crafts and Crafy Killers, the blog of
Lois Winston, author of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, Mary writes about how mystery authors hide cluses in lists: One and One Make Clue
At Murder Must Advertise, Mary gives some examples of Spontaneous Publicity
On Amy Corwin's Fiction Writing and Other Oddities, Mary writes about
Misleading Readers, a skill that all mystery writers must cultivate.
Mary writes about the Gourd, a real life Byzantine villain who got up to no good in Four For a Boy. See "Thursday's Thugs" over at Gwen Mayo's blog.
At Dames of Dialogue Mary writes about fog in literature in her essay A Touch of the Trollenberg Terror
At Jenny Milchman's Suspense Your Disbelief Mary and Eric have a "Made It Moment" answering the question, when did we know we had made it?
In The Distant Roar of Violence at Poe's Deadly Daughters, Mary and Eric talk about depicting the riots during which EIGHT FOR ETERNITY is set, without resort to the graphic descriptions they both dislike.
At Kaye Barley's Meanderings and Muses Mary presents Bridges to Memories an essay about seeing places she's lived (such as Newcastle and Oxford) on-screen.
At Dames of Dialogue Mary writes about curry in history, literature and at casa maywrite.
J. Kingston Pierce who has helped us get the word out about our mysteries since the very beginning kindly asked us for an essay for the Rap Sheet on the occasion of our eighth novel. We describe how and why we started writing about a Byzantine eunuch detective and about some of the changes we foresee in future books. We also reflect on things we might have done differently along the way. Hope you'll go over and read The Story Behind the Story at The Rap Sheet.
Eric writes about researching historicals for Bob Sabella's zine Visions of Paradise. You can find Issue 132 over at the Visions of Paradise page at eFanzines. Or you can download the issue directly. (It's 971 kbs)
Mary has written about her path to publication for Heidi Ruby Miller who has made the essay available at myspace, blogspot, and
Mary has an article about RAFFLES at Steve Lewis' online Mystery*File (The Crime Fiction Research Journal).
The stories about the gentleman burglar and Bunny, his devoted accomplice, were written by E.W. Hornung around the turn of the last century. Take a trip back in time as Mary retells their criminal history, and how redemption came at the end.
Mary explains how our detective John came to be at M.J.Rose's Backstory blog -- "where authors share the secrets, the truths, or just the illogical moments that sparked our fiction."
Eric's penned a short article about writing historical mysteries. Want to know why the fiction writer's burden of proof is the opposite to the historian's? For his low down, hie thee over to myshelf.com.
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