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The Mystery We Write Blog Tour

For more information about the tour and to view a slideshow of the authors who will be participating and the books they will be giving away, go…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on November 25, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

In the Spirit of Halloween

My mystery/suspense novel, Mixed Messages, takes place the last week of October, which, of course, includes Halloween. As I was doing research for the book, I discovered some interesting facts about the combination secular and religious…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on October 28, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

It takes a village

For the past few weeks, whenever I had the chance, I've been working on a book trailer for my mystery novel, Mixed Messages, and I've finally completed it.

I'd never done a trailer before and, let me tell you, creating it was both frustrating and fun. I can laugh now when I think about how many times my computer locked up, just as I…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on August 9, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

True Story: Cincinnati Strangler terrorized city

In 1965-1966, my main interests were boys, learning how to drive so I could get my driver’s license and school, pretty much in that order. So I paid little attention to the news, never realizing how what was going on then (in my city) would mirror the novel I would write many years later.…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on May 9, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What's in a Name?

I remember the day my mom and I were talking about my writing career. She asked me what name I planned to go by, what pen name I was going to use. “Maybe,” she said, “you should choose a name that’s easier to pronounce than Gligor. Don’t most writers do that?” Our conversation reminded me of an article I once read. It was an interview with actress, Jacqueline Bisset. When the interviewer told Jacqueline that he’d…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on April 4, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

A Dream Come True

I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was a little girl. Like most girls my age, I read every Judy Bolton and Nancy Drew mystery; they were among my most prized possessions. When I was ten years old, I submitted a poem I’d written to my Sunday school magazine. I can still remember how thrilled I was when I saw my name printed under the title. My first byline! Now, many years later (no need to tell how many), I feel…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on March 21, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Different Strokes for Different Folks

I’m a morning person. Most days, as soon as I wake up, I’m alert and ready to start my day. After coffee, of course. That’s why I choose to write in the morning; I’m fresh and at my best. When I’m writing, whether it’s the first draft of a manuscript or a rewrite, I focus on that. I don’t even check my email or answer my phone until I’m satisfied that I’ve produced the day’s writing. It’s…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on February 29, 2012 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Truth IS stranger than Fiction



In real life, when we hear of someone doing something bizarre or out of character, we often wonder, “What on earth possessed him to do that?” And, if we know the person, we might even think “That’s not like him.” But, since we know that he did it, we have no choice but to shrug our shoulders, shake our heads, accept it…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on February 13, 2012 at 3:15pm — 2 Comments

Creating Characters

The process of creating a character is like conceiving, carrying and giving birth to a baby who will, no doubt, have Mom’s nose or Grandpa’s ears. While I didn’t consciously model the characters in Mixed Messages or the subsequent novels in my Malone mystery series after myself or anyone else, there are bits and pieces of me and people I know in each of them: a physical…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on February 4, 2012 at 4:42pm — No Comments

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