Best Stories I Ever Stole: Einbahnstrasse

This one belongs to my husband. It’s really best experienced watching Joe’s facial expressions as he tells it, but it’s a classic even without them.  (If you speak German, don’t ruin it for the rest of us, mmkay? And if you don’t know German, don’t Google it, because you’ll ruin it for yourself.) In 1988, Read More …

Memorable Quotes: Hey Dude fascist arena

Here is another quote from Scott Turow’s legal/crime thriller Presumed Innocent that sticks in my brain (see quote 1 here). Turow’s Kindle County location is a stand-in for the Chicago area, long associated with… er… self-interested government officials, shall we say, along the lines of the old Tammany Hall political machine in the late decades Read More …

Inspiration: sad and scratchy and smelly and bleeding

Quote from Amy Sue Nathan, posted here on the blog Women’s Fiction Writers: …if we are ones meant to write our stories — the real ones or the make believe ones — we must write them loud and real. Write them big and full and explosive and relentless. Write them sad and scratchy and smelly Read More …

Memorable Quotes: Killers’ eyes do not grow colder

Scott Turow’s first published novel, Presumed Innocent, spawned a very good film. It keeps the tension and much of the introspective character of the novel, and while the whodunnit reveal is perhaps less of a surprise than it is in the novel, where it comes at a remove from the courtroom events, it’s both gentler Read More …

Best Stories I Ever Stole: the Arguing Airplane Mechanics

I confess that this story never happened to me, but I’ve been telling it for years as if it did. I stole it. And then, I wrote about it. Since I am an inveterate story thief, I have lots of these. I’ll be sharing them with you over time, in this recurring post series. This Read More …