An Evening with Brenda Vantrease

Brenda Vantrease and myself

Writer-friend Brenda Vantrease spoke at our WNBA meeting (that’s Women’s National Book Association) about writing, history, and her books. Can’t wait to read the latest in her historical fiction series, A Far Horizon.

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A Lovely Day with Friends of the Library


What a warm and welcoming group – Friends of the Linebaugh Library! Thanks so much for inviting me to join you Saturday. I was blown away by Eva Graalman’s table decorations that she based on my books – how creative! I must mention that these readers are great supporters of their library. You do good work!

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Friends of the Library Event


I’ve been invited to speak at the annual luncheon for Friends of Linebaugh Library in Murfreesboro this Saturday, January 26th. The Friends organization has 200 members and the luncheon is part of their January membership drive. 

11:00 Sat. Jan. 26

at The Woman’s Club, 221 E. College Street, Murfreesboro 37130

I am excited to meet these Friends!

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Writers Group Christmas Party


Our Christmas party is always fun. We read, critique, talk, eat, drink, and sing Christmas songs.

Merry Christmas to a great group of talented writers and friends!

John was back (with guitar) for the party. We miss him!

Mary and Shannon

Rita, Mary Bess, and Will


Doug, Rick, and me






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Delighted to be Invited


Author extraordinaire River Jordan has invited me to be her guest on her radio show ClearStory Radio. The show is aired on Wed. 1-2, 107.1 fm and 103.7 fm and you can go to the website to join the stream. She tells me we will be talking about writing and Thanksgiving. Whatever River wants to talk about will be sure to be entertaining and fun.

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Southern Book Festival Fun






I was on the Misadventures in Mystery Writing Panel. I wanted to run out and get all the books I heard about from Lisa, Kelly, and Karen. The four of us on the panel had no problem finding things to talk about. It was fun to be on the panel with these accomplished writers. Yes, the full house was great, especially with 9 other sessions going on at that time. A very good day!!

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Southern Festival of Books

October means the Southern Festival of Books, the biggest, most important literary event in Nashville! Over 20,00 book lovers are expected to attend, October 12-14, downtown. Authors from all over the U.S. will be presenting.
I’ll be on one of the panels with other Sisters in Crime writers. Our topic is “Misadventures in Mystery,” the lengths to which a crime writer will go for realism and research. I’m sure  Lisa Wysocky, Kelly Oliver, and Karen Robards have had a few misadventures, as have I! It’s always fun to get together with the Sisters (and Misters).
Our panel is Saturday, October 13, 2 pm at the Nashville Main Library’s Banner Room.
For more about the SFB, information on authors, and the schedule, visit
It’s free, it’s fun, and you may get to see the next great American writer!
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Invited to “Today in Nashville”


Alana White and I will be on “Today in Nashville,” WSMV Channel 4, sometime during the 11-12 a.m. show on October 3, talking about the Southern Festival of Books. It’s the 30th anniversary of the Festival, and Alana has never missed! I’ve missed only a couple of years. We’re excited to share our experiences as writers who have attended – and benefitted from – the Festival, and we will probably get a chance to show our books! Tune in!

Alana and Phyllis –

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A good time at Killer Nashville!


Alana and Phyllis –

Writers group buddies – Ed, me, and Shannon – at KN

Panel on Cozies

Panel on Setting


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Chapter 16


Check out Chapter 16.

There’s a feature article by my friend Carolyn Wilson (who is a friend to many Nashville writers and readers) on Women in the Literary Landscapethe book published for the WNBA Centennial.

Thanks also to Margaret Renkl for giving Treachery in Tuscany a “Briefly Noted” mention.








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