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INTERVIEWS

Mary and I talk with Barbara Leavy about our series and Five For Silver set during the Justinianic plague.

Mary and I are interviewed at Mysteristas

Mary and I answered The Dames' Dozen (questions that is) over at Dames of Dialog.

We're in The Interview Room at Terry Odell's Terry's Place to talk about such diverse topics as which kitchen utensil we would be and the strangest thing we've done done in the name of research.

We're interviewed at Holli Castillo's Twelve Question Tuesday -- one question was whether we would be food or fighter were the zombie apocalypse to happen.

Diana Hockley interviews Mary at Kings River Life.

Mary and Eric are interviewed at Anne Albert's Muriel Reeves Mystery blog.

Our sleuth John the Lord Chamberlain is interviewed Susanne Alleyn's Historical Mystery Blog.

We have a new interview up at Ivy Truitt's Manic Readers.

Ivy asked us about various aspects of our books and writing, including what books and characters are our favorites, how we write together, and the challenges involved in research.

Mary and Eric have an interview at Mayhem and Magic the blog for Pamela James and Terri Parsons.

Mary and Eric answer ten questions posed by Chris Redding whose latest novel is the wonderfully titled The Corpse Whisperer. Want to know how we decided we wanted to write, how many rejections we had subsequently or what three things we'd want on a desert island? Those questions and more are answered more or less.

Mary and Eric answered a dozen questions posed by The Dames of Dialogue

There's an interviewlette with Mary at Suite 101, as part of Janice Hally's series "The Mysterious Writing Habits of the World's Top Crime Writers."

Mary and I talked to Kim Malo about our books and writing. Which of our characters would we like to change places with for a day? Read our interview at MyShelf.com to find out.

Over at Fatal Foodies Christine Verstraete blogs about mystery books featuring food. One of the books is Seven For A Secret.

Our interview with Michelle Moran at History Buff concentrates on women of the past, particularly Empress Theodora.

Mike Glyer interviewed us for his science fiction news magazine File 770. You can download a pdf of issue 153 at eFanzines and read "The Secret History of John the Eunuch."

Mary and I were recently interviewed by fellow Poisoned Pen Press mystery author Betty Webb and you can read the result now on WebbsBlog. We talk about writing and Seven For A Secret but of particular interest are Mary's tips about online book promotion.

Courtney Mroch, writer and Petscribe blogger on families.com, recently grilled us like kippers about animals in our mysteries and pets past and present. We suspect few of her interviewees have laid claim to plots featuring such unusual but vital characters as a herd of fortune-telling goats and a mechanical whale and his real life counterpart!

Mystery author Julia Buckley has an interview with us on her Mysterious Musings blog.

We're honored to be featured in a ProFile interview at MYSTERY*FILE, the crime fiction research journal where Steve Lewis has continued Ed Gorman's popular feature.

An interview with Eric, who dabbles in writing computer text adventures (a.k.a. Interactive Fiction) appears in the November issue of Inside Adrift Newsletter (Go to the Archive).

Deborah O'Toole conducted an interview touching on such arcana as how the Dorj mysteries came about (it all had to do with Molotov....) and the (dis)similarities in our backgrounds.

The Charlotte Austin Review
An interview with John the Eunuch.
Bookbrowser
An interview in conjunction with the release of TWO FOR JOY.
The Charlotte Austin Review Interview

ANTHOLOGIES

Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction We have a new story in The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction edited by Mike Ashley. Featuring a dozen novellas spanning four thousand years of criminal history, contributors include Peter Tremayne, Charles Todd, Steven Saylor, Anne Perry, and Maan Meyers. The ink-stained wretches at Casa Maywrite also lurk within, with Eyes of the Icon, the dark tale of a Byzantine icon painter, suddenly out of work when icons are banned, who becomes embroiled in a case of deception.



Mary has contributed to Advanced Plotting by Chris Eboch. Advanced Plotting is designed for the intermediate and advanced writer: you’ve finished a few manuscripts, read books and articles on writing, taken some classes, attended conferences. But you still struggle with plot, or suspect that your plotting needs work. This book can help.

Deadly by the Dozen Our story Whereby Ignorant People are Frequently Deluded and Defrauded appears in the e-book anthology Deadly by the Dozen edited by Mark Terry.

It's a humorous historical in which a 17th century English country barrister is faced with the unwelcome task of saving the skins of several unsavory clients including one accused of witchcraft.




The Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunits We're pleased to have a story in Mike Ashley's Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunnits (Carroll & Graf in the US and Robinson in the UK). In The Three-Legged Cat of Great Clatterden that jolly fellow with the scientific bent, Samuel Pickwick, investigates an ancient Kentish hill figure and a puzzling disappearance.

Our Mongolian detective, Inspector Dorj, is faced with solving a locked circus caravan murder. The new short story "Locked in Death" is included in The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries, an anthology edited by Mike Ashley.


How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries We're honored to be quoted in Kathy Lynn Emerson's How To Write Killer Historical Mysteries. The book draws on the author's experience in researching, writing, selling, and sustaining both her Lady Appleton series, set in Elizabethan England, and her Diana Spaulding series, taking place in the U.S. in the 1880s. It also includes the contributions of more than forty other historical mystery writers.

The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries Our Mongolian detective, Inspector Dorj, is faced with solving a locked circus caravan murder. The new short story, "Locked in Death" is included in The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries, an anthology edited by Mike Ashley.




Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits coverIn the The Oracle of Amun, a strange Egyptian ritual helps Herodotus solve a mysterious death. The short story is included in The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits: Volume III, 2005, ed Mike Ashley, Robinson (UK) 1845290046, and The Mammoth Book of New Historical Whodunnits: A New Collection of Captivating Murder Mysteries from Ages Past, Carroll & Graf (US) 0786715715


Now we're cooking! Or, at any rate, we have a recipe, "Justinian's Minimalist Egg Curry," in: A Second Helping of Murder. More Diabolically Delicious Recipes from Contemporary Mystery Writers, edited by Robert Weibezahl, from Poisoned Pen Press.




We have a new John the Eunuch story, "The Finger of Aphrodite," in Mike Ashley's Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits, published by Carroll & Graf in the US and Constable & Robinson in the UK.


We have a new short story, "Chosen of the Nile" in The Mammoth Book of Egyptian Whodunnits, edited by Mike Ashley. Our detective this time is Herodotus! The collection features stories by Elizabeth Peters, Lynda Robinson, Paul Doherty, and Lauren Haney, among many others.

"The tales are educational, entertaining, witty and wonderfully exotic." --Maxim Jakubowski in The Guardian .

"This is the sort of book that makes a great gift - one to dip into again and again for some good entertainment. Recommended." --Rachel A. Hyde at MyShelf.com.

OTHER EDITIONS


We're happy to announce that ONE FOR SORROW has been published in John's native land -- Greece! Thanks to Govostis Publisher S.A. John, and his friends finally speak in the language they, and most Byzantines, actually used. The title is -- Εγκλημα στο Βυζάντιο -- or loosely translated, Crime in Byzantium.


Byzantium Ablaze Two For Joy has appeared in a Greek edition from Govostis. In Byzantium Ablaze. John gets to speak in his native tongue!






ESSAYS

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 livejournal.

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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