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March 19, 2018
The Adam Kaminski Mystery Series are fiction. I base the stories on some true events — historical events, for example, or crimes I read about in the newspapers, or interactions I’ve had in the past with diplomats and law enforcement … Continue reading →
February 19, 2018
Who Saw That?
Julia Kaminski, sister to the hero of the Adam Kaminski mystery series, is a photographer. A good one. She’s still figuring out how to make a living in her chosen profession. In an ideal world, she’d earn her money by … Continue reading →
January 15, 2018
When Words Matter
I was working on my current manuscript the other day, when the idea for a short story came to me. I’m not a short story writer. I’ve tried. I did not succeed. But I was struck by the idea, wondering … Continue reading →
December 18, 2017
My Writing Community
At this time of year, it’s not unusual to spend some time thinking about — and being grateful for — friends and family. I have a warm, loving family and I’m fortunate to have friends who inspire, amaze and support … Continue reading →
November 20, 2017
Understanding Your Characters
Part of what makes a great story is great characters. Any reader can tell you that. Writers talk about developing characters, fleshing them out, giving them back story, making them flawed and relatable. These are all vital steps in creating … Continue reading →
September 18, 2017
You’re Not Alone!
I had the pleasure this weekend of participating in a mystery celebration at the Tredyffrin library in Strafford, Pennsylvania. The event was in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Sisters in Crime, a fabulous mystery writers and readers group. … Continue reading →
August 21, 2017
In the Dark: About Titles, Writing and Eclipses
I usually develop the titles to my books somewhere in the early stages of writing. I know the theme, I know the murder weapon and motive, and I know the red herrings that will be swimming through the story. The … Continue reading →
July 17, 2017
What Makes a Book Great?
I just finished the seventh book in a seven book mystery series. I picked up the first because I loved the cover. Also because it had a good blurb and some good reviews and it was set in a little … Continue reading →
May 15, 2017
Did You Like It?
If you follow many authors on social media or through their newsletters, then you’ve probably seen a request for readers to post reviews. These days, for whatever reason, reviews are king! It’s not a new concept. Even before the internet … Continue reading →
March 20, 2017
What's in a Name?
I had the great pleasure of attending a presentation by Elizabeth George at a New England Crime Bake conference a few years back. Ms. George is one of my favorite authors — not just one of my favorite mystery writers, … Continue reading→
February 20, 2017
There is a neighborhood in Washington, D.C., called Kalorama. I lived not too far from there for a few years, just down the street in Dupont Circle. Dupont Circle was a fabulous place to live, particularly as a young, single …
I’ve always been jealous of writers who could think about a story then sit down and write it. You know, no plotting out red herrings and unrelated secrets, no writing up long and complicated character statements, just thinking about a …
A good book draws the reader in, makes her forget her own worries, the to-do list waiting on the fridge, the snow outside that needs shoveling (at this time of year, anyway!). How do the best authors achieve this?
I love going to beautiful places. After all, who doesn’t? Leaving your life and worries behind to visit somewhere romantic or cozy or exciting. And while I love traveling, that’s not the only way to get carried off.
I had the privilege last week of speaking to my local chapter of the Sisters in Crime about my life experiences and how I use them in my writing. In some ways, it was an easy speech to give—I got to talk about myself! In other ways… not so easy.
I have an old, rough, gray woolen blanket that means the world to me. The blanket has been in my family for three generations and can be traced back to a very sad time in my grandfather’s life, during WWII. The wool is harsh. Merciless. As I hold it against my face and feel the roughness, I also feel the history and the love of family.
Tomorrow is the birthday of the fourth book in the Adam Kaminski Mystery Series! What She Fears goes live tomorrow, August 16, and that’s both exciting and nerve-wracking. Of course, I’m already hard at work on the next book. No rest for the weary, as they say. Book 5 (no title yet) is about hope. Maybe even about faith. It’s about music, art, and color...
I’ve created a person. A man. A cop. The hero of the Adam Kaminski mystery series is a good man who wants to help people. He is thoughtful, well read, considerate, a little emotional at times. He exists in my imagination and that of my readers. But what does Detective Adam Kaminski look like?
In November, 2005, I found myself in a sumptuous palace in Oman, being served a subtly spiced meal of grilled meats, rice and fruit by one of a suite of liveried servants. I was at the end of my tenure at the State Department and not all of my travels had been quite so elegant. From conference rooms in Paris to meeting halls in Geneva and beer halls in Berlin...
Beginning writers face the challenge of finding their voice. Finding that way of writing, that way of expressing, that is uniquely theirs. I spent many years studying and practicing to find my voice (and I’m still working on it!). Voice is important. There’s a reason writers are encouraged to focus on it early on, as they learn their craft, hone their skills. There’s another, completely different kind of voice for which authors don’t get much training: the dreaded social media voice.
Vivid. Believable. Atmospheric. I see words like this — words used by readers to describe my books — and I’m blown away. I can’t express how grateful I am for these reviews. I hope that I can keep producing books that meet these standards. It’s for this reason that much of the time I spend “writing” each book in the Adam Kaminski mystery series is actually time spent researching.
This month, we’re interviewing talented women authors from all over the world and asking them about their writing process. We had the privilege of speaking with Jane Gorman about her series of novels that start with A Blind Eye. Here’s a glimpse into our conversation...
I had the great pleasure this past weekend to attend a meeting of my local chapter of the Sisters in Crime (the Delaware Valley Chapter). The guest speaker for the meeting is a Conservator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (which is, coincidentally, where I earned my PhD in Anthropology). Because it is a museum of archaeology rather than fine arts, Molly Gleeson conserves artifacts and other specimens. That includes human remains...
Romance is in the air. We celebrated Valentine’s Day yesterday, a day for lovers to be together, for friends to celebrate friendship, for admirers to share their feelings. For many, this is a day to be bold. Romance requires a certain amount of boldness...
I love learning. Always have. There was a time in my life when I thought I'd have the privilege of being a perpetual student (which is to say, a professor...). That didn't turn out to be my career, but it hasn't stopped me from pursuing my dream. I read. I travel. I listen. And wherever I am, I learn something... (Read the rest at ladiesofmystery.com)
December 10, 2015
#TRAVEL TO WARSAW WITH GUEST AUTHOR JANE GORMAN
In A Blind Eye, the first book in the Adam Kaminski mystery series, Detective Adam Kaminski is sent to Warsaw as part of a political delegation from Philadelphia. Why did I set my first book in Warsaw? Let me take you on a little tour to show you... (Read the rest at anastasiapollock.blogspot.com)
December 9, 2015
Character Interview: Detective Adam Kaminski of A Blind Eye by Jane Gorman
Where are you from? Did you have a happy childhood? I grew up in Philadelphia. The Port Richmond neighborhood, do you know it? It’s not bad. We were happy. Well, I was happy. Dad worked hard. A lot. My mom, too. Dad’s first generation American. His Dad came from Poland with his father, my great grandfather, during the war. Lots of stories there, I’m still looking into that...
From Philadelphia to Warsaw, Jane Gorman takes BooksGoSocial All Around the World in this Interview!
Hi Jane! First off, why don’t you tell us something unexpected about yourself! Before I started writing, I worked as an anthropologist, a diplomat and a park ranger. I’ve always enjoyed careers that let me visit new places and meet new people. And in a way, writing fiction offers the same experiences. Just imaginary... (Read the rest at booksgosocial.com)
November 16, 2015
The Story Within the Story
One of the things I love about murder mysteries – traditional mysteries such as those I write, cozy mysteries, police procedurals, noir, all of them – is that the investigation is simultaneously crucial to the story and tangential to it.
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October 27, 2015
The First Two Pages
Opening lines are tough. The first line of my first book – well, that was a killer. I was rewriting my first two pages after the book had been through a string of editors. After it was formatted. After I got the proof, read through it one more time – and changed the beginning yet again. Not major changes, really. Just changes that (I hope) gave my readers a better sense of who the main character is. What the promise of the story is.
Jane Gorman interviewed by mystery author James M. Jackson on the My Two Cents Worth (Before Inflation) blog.
Jane Gorman - Guest Author
Please welcome Jane Gorman as today’s guest author. She is a fellow member of the Guppy Chapter of the Sisters in Crime and describes herself as lively, thoughtful, imaginative, careful, and happy. She says her writing is grounded, engaging, intriguing, and deceptively optimistic. Without further ado, here are her eight chosen questions and answers.
Describe your most productive writing venue. What makes it best for you?
Jane Gorman interviewed by Ally Shields for Coffee Chat Happy Wednesday, booklovers!
The game is afoot today as we welcome mystery author Jane Gorman and her Adam Kaminski series of whodunits!
How do you like your coffee, Jane?
JANE: My favorite is a café renversé, like a café au lait, but adding espresso to the milk instead of the other way around. Even with American coffee, I always start with the milk. And no sugar, please!
Ally: That sounds easy enough. While I pour, please introduce yourself to readers...
I recently read about a Nazi mystery train someone claimed to have discovered buried in a tunnel in Poland. Experts from around the world will be working with Polish officials, first to figure out if it’s really there and, if it is, to dig out and expose it. The next step will be to figure out what to do with its contents. Not an easy task. Either of them. But what a great mystery....