October 8th, 2020

A pep talk to myself. As a writer, you obviously spend a lot of time alone and a lot of time in your own head. That can often be a scary and insecure place so you often spend a lot of time dealing with self-doubt and feeling like you might have no talent.

There are no easy answers for these afflictions. The best one I’ve found is habit. Make it a priority, and do it regularly, and make it a habit.


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



  • Publisher’s Weekly talks to Thomas Perry about picking up THE BUTCHER’S BOY series for a fouth installment. Perry is one of those long successful novelists that is often overlooked for no other reason than he’s always on the shelf. Not an easy thing to do.



Two quotes from Tana French this week:

  • Human beings, as I know better than most, can get used to anything. Over time, even the unthinkable gradually wears a little niche for itself in your mind and becomes just something that happened.”
  • Only teenagers think boring is bad. Adults, grown men and women who’ve been around the block a few times, know that boring is a gift straight from God. Life has more than enough excitement up its sleeve, ready to hit you with as soon as you’re not looking, without you adding to the drama.”



  • What’s your favorite Dublin Murder Squad book? I enjoyed all of them but think I favor Frank Mackey and FAITHFUL PLACE.


Until next Thursday, happy reading,


Author the Max Strong thriller series