Celebrating Earth Day with Shannon Baker: Aliens, Polygamists, and Hopi, Oh My!

Wonderful Shannon Baker, author of 3 books and several short stories, is back again to celebrate Earth Day with us — this time with her friend Laura Kamala. Laura  has lived in the spectacular Canyonlands of southeast Utah for thirty-eight years. During this time she was variously incarnated as a filmmaker, writer, artist, business entrepreneur, and Director of Utah Programs for Grand Canyon Trust. Diana: This is a new … Continue reading Celebrating Earth Day with Shannon Baker: Aliens, Polygamists, and Hopi, Oh My!

Finding Love in Your DNA

Wouldn’t it be great if we could do away with  dating and failed relationships merely by  doing a DNA cheek swab? It sounds simple and pain free, doesn’t it? In our cells lurk genetic markers that just might indicate who is an ideal spouse and who is an utter cad. My guest today, Peter Schattner, is an award-winning scientist, educator and writer with 30 years experience in molecular biology, genetics, biomedical … Continue reading Finding Love in Your DNA

Darynda Jones Prize Winner!

I know I’ve dragged this out quite some time. Two weeks doesn’t sound like much, unless you’re waiting with bated breath for me to post something — anything — about who won the delectable prize of reading a Darynda Jones Eighth Grave After Dark ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) well before anyone else. So, without more ado, and before I sound like that cute guy who promised to … Continue reading Darynda Jones Prize Winner!

Darynda Jones: Snarky Sayings and Grim (Reaper) Secrets

Darynda Jones has a secret. On paper, her alter ego Charley Davidson is snarky, sex-mad, able to kick paranormal foes in their paranormal behinds. In real life, Darynda is probably one of the sweetest people you’ve ever met. She has a humble, self-deprecating humor, she’ll tell you all her writing secrets as if they don’t amount to much, and she’s more likely to talk about her … Continue reading Darynda Jones: Snarky Sayings and Grim (Reaper) Secrets

Greek Tragedy in Western Kansas

I had the pleasure of interviewing Charlotte Hinger, the author of four books. Her novel, Hidden Heritage was cited by Kirkus Reviews as “One of the Best Mysteries of 2013” and also “One of the Best Fiction Books of 2013.” A native Kansan with a flaming state loyalty, she says her books prove “the Greek tragedy is alive and well, it’s just moved to Western Kansas.” Her mysteries … Continue reading Greek Tragedy in Western Kansas

Alan Orloff: Murder, Politics & the Serious Comedian

It’s Alan Orloff’s birthday! To celebrate, I’m running a video interview we did at Malice. Alan’s books are great and so are his not-to-be-missed author signings.  If you think that’s hype, tell me when was the last time you saw an author wearing a star spangled Cat-in-the-Hat hat and doing a stand up comedy routine? His book, The Deadly Campaign, is just the thing to get you … Continue reading Alan Orloff: Murder, Politics & the Serious Comedian

Up All Night With Harlan Coben

    “I want to keep you up all night” Harlan Coben is no nonsense. He’ll sit down for an interview, give it his all, but he’s not the kind of guy to schmooze or waste time. An air of mystery surrounds him like an invisible cloak. Fangirls flirt with him at conferences, but you can always tell, though he might be flattered, they’re wasting … Continue reading Up All Night With Harlan Coben

Louise Penny's Night with the Monks: The Beautiful Mystery

The amazing, fantastic, incredible, Louise Penny sat down with me and let me into the secrets behind her Agatha Winning novel, The Beautiful Mystery. This is one of my funniest interviews — due entirely to Louise’s dry, wonderful wit. (if the video doesn’t load, please update your Adobe) During the time it’s taken me to edit and post this interview, Louise has come out with not one, but … Continue reading Louise Penny's Night with the Monks: The Beautiful Mystery

The Fine Art of Tea

Today is Miss Dolly’s birthday! And to celebrate, you’re invited to a tea party — one that Miss Dolly Yates is hosting herself, as she explains what goes into a proper English tea.  So please join us as we discuss everything from tea cups, to lemon curd, to the actual types of tea itself. I know you’ll enjoy Miss Dolly in the video below as much as … Continue reading The Fine Art of Tea

Lansbury, Truman, and Bain: Murder They Wrote

Don and Renee Bain are one of the cutest couples in the world.  He’s tall and lanky, she’s petite, both are soft-spoken, and both are intent on murder. (If the video doesn’t load, please update your Adobe.) That’s no joke.  They murder literally dozens of people each year — within the pages of the books they co-write.  In fact, they are the brains and talent … Continue reading Lansbury, Truman, and Bain: Murder They Wrote

Carey Baldwin Confesses to Being a Bestseller!

Sometimes a book or an author comes along that is really special.  Carey Baldwin is just such an author, and her new book Confession is just such a book. No wonder it reached number two on the Barnes and Noble best selling mysteries list and on the overall Nook top twenty! Each line of Confession is beautifully crafted.  Whether the heroine is confronting the hero, or being threatened by a … Continue reading Carey Baldwin Confesses to Being a Bestseller!

Fashion Faux Pas and Revenge in D.C.

Ellen Byerrum is fantastic.  She’s a novelist, playwright, reporter, Washington journalist, and a graduate of private investigator school in Virginia. Her Crime of Fashion mysteries star a savvy, stylish female sleuth named Lacey Smithsonian, a reluctant fashion reporter in Washington D.C. Her books are fun, sassy and unexpected.  No wonder two of them have been made into Lifetime movies! Above: Lacey Smithsonian and the ladies … Continue reading Fashion Faux Pas and Revenge in D.C.

Happy Valentine's with Mary Hart Perry

First of all, Happy Valentines Day to all my lovely readers.  I cannot say how much you all mean to me.  Each view is like a pearl and every subscription like a diamond tiara.  All of you make dieting and doing without chocolate on Valentine’s Day (yes, sacrilege!)bearable. To celebrate today, I want to introduce you to one of my favorite authors — Mary Hart … Continue reading Happy Valentine's with Mary Hart Perry

Alma Katsu's Descent: A Trip through an Author's Dark Mind

Alma Katsu is a tiny person.  As you’ll see in the video below, she makes me feel like a giant hovering above her.  But make no mistake, she’s an absolute dynamo.  She can brief you on government intelligence agency structure in a second, tell you arcane facts about Poe, and weave the most delightfully dark tales that leave both you and her characters tortured and … Continue reading Alma Katsu's Descent: A Trip through an Author's Dark Mind

Susan Froetschel: Afghanistan, Women, Illiteracy & Murder

I’ve been waiting for the right moment to release this video interview of Susan Froetschel and boy did that moment come.  Susan’s latest book, Fear of Beauty, has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America Mary Higgins Clark Award!  It’s so well-deserved, too. (If the video doesn’t open, please update your Adobe Player) Susan’s books are full of current issues and vibrant people whose … Continue reading Susan Froetschel: Afghanistan, Women, Illiteracy & Murder

How Jane Porter Changed My Life

Jane Porter takes my breath away.  Not only does she write the most fantastic fiction — characters that are so real you remember them years later and wonder how they’re doing — but she extends the raw, vibrant honesty of her writing into her real life. Jane shared with me her philosophy about how surfing is like life and how to manage low tide, navigate … Continue reading How Jane Porter Changed My Life