Coroner vs. Medical Examiner

on October 26, 2021

Coroner or Medical Examiner, do you know which “death professional” your city has? It’s a big thing, when you’re writing crime fiction, to make sure that you have the facts straight: does your story setting have a Coroner or a Medical Examiner? Because they do different things, these guys. It’s also important to know when… Read More


Friday July 16th Giveaway!

on July 16, 2021

For one today only–that’s today, Friday July 16th!–I’m offering a copy of my award-winning historical mystery FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER. To enter this giveaway, click on this link to my friend and fellow historical novelist Linda Bennett Pennell‘s Facebook page. Good Luck!


Sanborn Maps, List Links, & Hidden Research Resources

on June 23, 2021

Author C.V. Lee recently interviewed me about my love of Sanborn Maps, List Links, and Hidden Research Resources. It’s all here on the PLW YouTube Channel. And for more info about Sanborn Maps, check out my Unlocking the Secrets of Historic American Cities with Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.  


HNS Conference, Here. I. Come!

on June 21, 2021

The Historical Novel Society North American Conference is this week and not surprisingly, it’s online. I’m excited to be on TWO panels, and here’s a link to the teaser for the first, Setting the Scene: Exploring Historical Settings through Genres. And here’s the teaser for the second panel, Author Marketing Collectives. If you’re at the conference… Read More


Sixty Sensational Online Historical Archives

on June 11, 2021

From Gertrude Käsebier to Buffalo Bill to African Americans in WWII to Abigail Adams’ letters to John, there’s something fascinating for everyone in my Sixty Sensational Online Historical Archives on today’s Paper Lantern Writers’ blog. Come on by for Postcards of Peoria, Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani photos,  first-person narratives… Read More


Thirteen Book Design Cover Contests!

on May 14, 2021

Think you’ve got a great book cover? How about finding out for sure? Today on Paper Lantern Writers! Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?


*****BOOK PROMO TIME!*****

on May 1, 2021

Join the SHINE with Paper Lantern Writers FB group to participate (as an author or a reader!) in our FIRST GIVEAWAY on Wednesday May 12th! We’ve already got eighteen authors ready to share their books! You must be a member of SHINE to participate! BIG GIVEAWAY – Wednesday May 12th!