If you can’t do the time, then don’t do this…

Yesterday’s postaday topic was to describe the perfect crime. I can’t describe the perfect crime, but here are some “do’ s and don’ts ” gleaned from my years as a criminal defense attorney:     1. Don’t commit a crime with other people.  Nine out of ten defendants are “given up” by their co-conspirators.  If […]

What’s your rallying cry?

I was watching an episode of Harry’s Law, a new legal drama staring Kathy Bates, that started me thinking about the power of persuasion.  In this particular episode she was trying to free a man who was convicted of a murder he had always maintained that he did not commit.  True to form for these […]

Grow a thick skin

As a criminal defense attorney, I thought I had a thick skin.  I’ve been stared down by the family of victims, had my integrity questioned by jurors and even had my intelligence challenged by a few of my own clients when their cases didn’t go their way.   None of that bothered me.  It was part […]

Back in the Saddle

Hello my loyal two readers!   I bet you have missed me.  It’s been sixty-two days since my last post and boy do I feel guilty.  At least I have been productive in that time and have not dropped writing all together.  This year I participated in National Novel Writing Month.  I have to admit […]

Reboot – Malice Aforethought

Today I rebooted my blog novel, Malice Aforethought. For two months, I had two error-filled chapters posted and today I zapped them both and re-posted the edited chapter 1.   Malice is the prequel to my 1st novel, the Sweetest Days.  The main character is Simone Madison, a young attorney, struggling to find her purpose in […]

Sex and violence, part 2

Today was the kick-off of the Decatur Book Festival and in spite of having to go into the office today when I hadn’t planned to, I stuck to my guns, put work on the back burner and actually went to the writing workshop on Sex and Violence.   It was quite a treat, and, no, there […]

Sex and Violence – not for cowards

This weekend the Decatur Book Festival is in town and some real interesting people are in the line-up.  Every year I read about the festival, but this year I’m going to get off my duff and go.  On Friday, they have a writer’s conference at Agnes Scott College and  I’ve decided to attend the seminar, […]