A Musical Mystery Tour

- by Lillian Stewart Carl

Many years ago, on one of our trips to Scotland, my family and I visited Culzean (“Cull-ane”) castle in Ayrshire. The gardens soon became the setting of an early scene in Dust to Dust. Even sooner, though—as in, when we returned to the hotel—I realized that the album I’d bought in the gift shop was […]

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Real Men Wear Kilts

- by Lillian Stewart Carl

You can not only tell by Lillian Stewart Carl’s red hair and newt-like complexion that she’s a descendent of Scots, you can tell by her ears, which appreciate bagpipes, her tongue, which appreciates haggis, and her eyes, which appreciate men in kilts. Since she also inherited the Celtic gift of gab, she writes about kilts, […]

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“I swear, Officer—that’s not my corpse!”

- by Edie Claire

An eerie, but true story from a very unlucky mystery writer When I wrote my first mystery, I had no idea what I was doing. All I had was a cool idea (a woman finds a body in her backyard¾ then discovers it’s been embalmed already) and the desire to tell a story. When I […]

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Hope for the genre-challenged?

- by Edie Claire

“I love it! But I have no idea how to market it.” This is a direct quote from an editor; it came right before the rejection. I have no idea which editor it came from. I can’t even remember which book it referred to, since they all pretty much run together after a while. You […]

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