Have Couch, Will Travel: A blog about psychology and law enforcement

Why do we love to read mysteries? Why do I love to write them?

August 26, 2013

Tags: reading mysteries, writing mysteries, Sherlock Holmes

I love this quote from a character in The Sherlockian by Graham Moore. He is trying to describe why he loves Holmes and mysteries.

"I think I love the idea that problems have solutions. I think that's the appeal of mystery stories, whether they're Holmes or someone else. In those stories we live in an understandable world. We live in a place where every problem has a solution, and if we were only smart enough, we could figure them out....As opposed to a world that's random. Where violence and death are happenstance-unpreventable and unstoppable.

What kind of name is Dot Meyerhoff?

August 15, 2013

Tags: Dot Meyerhoff, naming protagonists

Some days the world feels small and a little eerie. I received an email from a woman asking me why I named my protagonist Dot Meyerhoff, which was her recently deceased mother's name. Like her mother, my mother's name was (more…)

Remembering the typewriter: Social media woes

August 7, 2013

Tags: social media, facebook, goodreads, website, self-promotion

I was born when telephones had dials and typewriters had replaceable ribbons that left smudges on my fingertips. Computers and word-processing changed my life. I actually don't think I could be a writer if I had to struggle with carbon copies and white-out. So why is social media driving me nuts? And why is getting email from readers old-fashioned? I like getting emails from readers. Now I have a blog, a FB fan page, a web-site, an Amazon profile, and a page on Goodreads. Five little me's running around in cyber-space, duplicating efforts, and throwing myself in front of search engines and algorhythms - whatever they are. Is it worth the effort? What do you think?