Researching Technology

by Anne Louise Bannon

Google used to think that I was a 35-year-old male. I was in my mid-50s at the time, and I’m a cisgendered female, so I found this revelation highly amusing. Google’s algorithms have gotten a lot better, so sadly, the jig is up on that one. But the reason Google got confused back then was that I was into reading a site called

You Have to Write a Book

by Oliver Dowson

Have you ever worked with a colleague who could be suspected of having some ulterior motives? Too eager to sit in meetings outside their remit, taking copious notes, making mysterious calls? Have you witnessed sales executives or professionals brought in by management and entrusted with their corporate secrets? Seen an ‘IT technician’ sitting in a corner, who might be nothing of the sort and making surreptitious recordings?

Don’t Forget the Girl

by Rebecca McKanna

In my novel, Don’t Forget the Girl, one of the central themes is vulnerability - when and how we let people really see us. One of the characters, Chelsea, allows people to misinterpret her sexuality. Her most formative romantic relationship was with a woman when she was a teenager. However, they kept it a secret, and once the other woman died, Chelsea never felt right telling that story. With that omission of her romantic history, people read her as straight rather than bi, and she never corrects that misconception, even though sometimes it feels lonely.

We Love to Entertain By Sarah Strohmeyer: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Sandra Murphy

To the Manor Build is a home rehab cable show. Like the others, their cameras follow homeowners as they renovate their house. One couple is designing a ranch retreat for bullied LBGTQ teens to give them a safe place to live. Another couple decided to make their retreat for medical people who were traumatized by the pandemic. Holly and Robert are a young, rich, beautiful couple in love, and their house will be an energy-efficient home, off the grid but with all the amenities. High end amenities no working-class family could ever afford.


by David Beckler

Some authors love research, but I have an ambivalent attitude. On the one hand, I resent the time taken away from my writing. You can spend days researching a subject and it translates to, if you’re lucky, one or two paragraphs. On the other, I love finding out things and often find myself diving deeper into a topic, which eats up writing time, even though I know I won’t use the knowledge acquired for this book.

Writing Thrillers

by Claire Douglas

Some of my favourite thrillers are the police procedural variety, but I’ve always shied away from writing one myself as I imagine it would entail a lot of research on what it’s like to work within the police force. So instead, I tend to have a journalist as the ‘detective’ in my thrillers because I used to be one. After all, as the saying goes, ‘write what you know.’

Murderous Thoughts: From Nonfiction to Fiction

by C.B. Peterson

Have you ever wished another person dead? Maybe you’ve envisioned an especially aggravating boss slipping and falling on her way into the office so that she was permanently excised from your life? Or gleefully imagined murdering your upstairs neighbor, the one who makes your life a living hell with their loud music at 2 a.m. and inconsiderate parking?

Writing an Expatriate Thriller: Bombay Monsoon

by James W. Ziskin

Bombay Monsoon is set in 1975 India against the backdrop of the Emergency, the twenty-one-month period of rule-by-decree and suspension of civil liberties in the world’s largest democracy. In writing Bombay Monsoon, I leaned on my varied experience of expatriate life, in France, Italy, and—of course—India.