That's a word I learned from my mother (photo at right). She was born in southern Louisiana where the term is common. It's a small gift or an unexpected benefit. That's what I intend here.
I'll suggest some good books, chat with a few friends, and link to occasional personal thoughts and musings. I might even relate a few of the misadventures on this writer's life. You will not be tested on this material.
Feel free to drop me a line. I'm always eager to hear from fans.
In this section, Mike intends to shed a little light on himself and his writing buddies, with occasional ponderings, wanderings and wonderings, as well as a selection of news items that may remain of interest to readers interested in a glimpse into the nuts and bolts of "the writing life."
Find out what's happening now in Mike's world!
This web site isn't the only place to find Mike's musings and mumbling. He contributes lots of places (see list below) and became a regular contributor, along with many of his fellow Poisoned Pen Press authors, at the Poisoned Pen Blog until life got in the way. To see just Mike's contributions, use the list below. But you may want to check out everyone's posts. Them Poisoned Pen authors seem to have something to say about everything!
Other Lagniappes For You
Can you really call something with only two stops a tour?
Can you say Homeland Security? I can't.
Some snaps from last October's Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave, held in Manhattan, Kansas.
Mike's busy on his new novel -- and believe me, it's gonna definitely raise some eyebrows. But for those of you homesick for Benteen County, check out a mini story Mike wrote for the Partridge Rural High School Class of '62's 50th reunion, which he attended.
Mike's very close encounter with a grizzly -- within a few hours of arriving on the tundra.
Ever Wonder What Mike Reads?
All these great books can be purchased from your favorite bookstore or mine:
Clues Unlimited, Tucson
Tucson's mystery bookstore.
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, Scottsdale
But for this wonderful mystery book seller in Scottsdale, and the Poisoned Pen Press which it inspired, I might have been a one-hit wonder and you and I wouldn't be meeting here like this.
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