May 13th, 2021

I’ll pass the 10,000 word mark on the new novel today and this is where it starts to get harder. The first part of a story is all fresh, and new, and comes out quickly. Then it gets harder to make it look easy. This is when I remember a favorite quote from Maya Angelou:

“I try to pull the language into such a sharpness that it jumps off the page. It must look easy, but it takes me forever to get it to look so easy. Of course, there are those critics — New York critics as a rule — who say, Well, Maya Angelou has a new book out and of course it’s good but then she’s a natural writer. Those are the ones I want to grab by the throat and wrestle to the floor because it takes me forever to get it to sing. I work at the language.”

So it’s not just me. It’s work for even one of the very best. Better get to it.

Here are 3 crime fiction links, 2 quotes, and 1 question for this week:



Two from LISEY’S STORY this week:

  • “There was a lot they didn’t tell you about death, she had discovered, and one of the biggies was how long it took the ones you loved most to die in your heart.”
  • “There were no ghosts. Only memory.”


  • Do you have a favorite memory of reading one of the buzzy books of summer past? I can still remember reading Gone Girl in a frenzied beach weekend.

Until next Thursday, happy reading,


Author the Max Strong thriller series

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