An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you

on October 9, 2020

Happy October, the month of ghosties and ghoulies, long-leggetie beasties, And things that go bump in the night. You know, Monster Month! Today at Paper Lantern Writers I’m sharing lively links about some of the 19th century’s scariest monsters. And the woman and men who wrote their stories. Join us!

Killer Ideas for an 1889 New Orleans Christmas Story

on December 16, 2018

Ever wanted to write a short story about New Orleans mischief and mayhem circa 1889 Christmas? Here are a few killer ideas to get your story started! HINT…these ideas might be used for any locale in any era.

“Writer’s Inspiration” – how it happens

on October 5, 2018

A working writer of any kind (technical, marketing, short story, historian, etc.) can’t “wait for inspiration to strike”. Nope, if you’re a working writer, you’ve got to choose your story, sit your butt down in a chair, open up the computer, and get to work. For all of that hard work, your first draft will… Read More

The starts and stops of writing a historical mystery

on July 30, 2018

Since Fanny Newcomb is set in Gilded Age New Orleans, I want to start with a short word association game. When I say “New Orleans”, I’m guessing that you’ll say “Mardi Gras parades! Streetcars! Beignets! Hurricanes! The French Quarter! Jazz!” And when I say “Gilded Age New Orleans”, I’m guessing that you’ll ask “What’s the… Read More


on October 28, 2017

I’m Ana Brazil, author of Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper. How to introduce myself? Let me just say that I’m curious about many, many things. First of all, I’m fascinated by the exploits of bold and audacious women, especially the women who followed their strong hearts to challenge and improve American society during… Read More