Author Archives: Brenda Buchanan

The Beauty of Life Stories, Well Told

This post first appeared on the Maine Crime Writers blog on February 18, 2019. I love a well-written obit. In fact, the obituary section may be why I still subscribe to several newsprint papers, which, unlike their digital cousins, invite … Continue reading

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Unspeakable Crimes in DC – January, 2019

On January 5 I had the great pleasure of participating in a panel discussion with three wonderful crime writers at East City Bookshop in Washington, D.C. Called Unspeakable Crimes, LGBTQ Mystery Writing, the evening was sponsored by OutWrite and held at … Continue reading

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Fun at Libraries

I participated in two wonderful events at Maine libraries in the past week.  On October 26-27, Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor held its fourth annual Murder By The Book conference. Crime writers from Maine and other parts of New … Continue reading

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September Fun

September came and went in a blink, which so often happens when you are having a lot of fun. Bouchercon, the international conference of crime writers, was in St. Petersburg, Florida the weekend after Labor Day weekend. Held at the fabulous Vinoy Renaissance … Continue reading

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Making Writing Space, Redux

This post first appeared on the Maine Crime Writers blog on August 20, 2018. We’re just back from our annual visit to beautiful Brooklin, Maine, the inspirational place I wrote about here on MCW three Augusts ago. We had two marvelous weeks … Continue reading

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Maine Crime Wave 2018

This past weekend was the annual Maine Crime Wave conference and what a time we had. Acclaimed thriller and non-fiction author Douglas Preston was the Guest of Honor and the winner of the 2018 Maine CrimeMaster Award. He wowed the … Continue reading

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Reading and Watching

Most everybody who is anybody was at Malice Domestic the last weekend of April. This year I missed the fun. It would have been great to hang out with my MCW colleagues Lea Wait, Barb Ross, Kathy Lynn Emerson, Maureen … Continue reading

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Spring In My Step

It’s here!  It’s here!  It’s finally here! It was a long, damn winter, wasn’t it? The pre-Christmas snow. The post-Christmas cold snap that went on f-o-r-e-v-e-r. The ice and the slush and those three annoying nor’easters in the month of … Continue reading

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On Watching My Characters Take The Stage

Last week Barbara Ross posted some wonderful photos from the Portland Stage Company event on March 5th, where actors performed staged readings of work by Lea Wait, Dick Cass, Chris Holm, Barb and me. As Barb said, it was a joy to have our work … Continue reading

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The Winter Beach Between Two Storms

On this first day of Daylight Savings Time, we in coastal Maine find ourselves between two significant snowstorms. Last week we got a foot of dense, heavy snow, obliterating the brave crocus and tulips that poked their noses out of … Continue reading

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