Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Twelve months after... Prose&Cons at One.

They say all good things come to an end... and yet Prose&Cons lives on! Whooda figured? Oh yes, peeps, 1 year after Prose&Cons clawed its way out its mother's womb, the most eclectic blogging team of literary agents, writers, editors, publishers and poets on the internet still thrives. A lot has been happening in the Conisphere, so I thought I would post the Cons' updated bios to celebrate our anniversary.
Cheers, peter

Elizabeth Kracht joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010 to broaden her perspective on the publishing industry. She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist and writer.

Elizabeth's career in publishing took root in Puerto Rico where she completed her BA in English and worked as a copyeditor for an English-language newspaper. When she returned to the mainland she found her "vein of gold" in book publishing. She thrives on working closely with authors and researching the potential market for new books.

(Liz most recently sold, on July 10, 2015) Mia Thompson's fourth and fifth books in the Sapphire Series, to Mary Cummings at Diversion Books, by Elizabeth Kracht at Kimberley Cameron & Associates, for publication in 2016 and 2017 (World).

Lily Gardner plays cards and writes noir mysteries in the rainy city of Portland, Oregon. She’s a big fan of noir film, Scandinavian noir and American murder mysteries, both hard and soft-boiled.

A Bitch Called Hope is the first book in Gardner’s Lennox Cooper series, a story about a poker playing detective who only catches a break at the card table. Her second book in the series, Betting Blind, is coming out in early autumn—just in time for the rain.

Tom Pitts received his education on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, working, writing, and trying to survive. Tom is an acquisitions editor at Gutter Books as well as a managing editor at Out of the Gutter Magazine. He is the author of HUSTLE (Snubnose Press), and the novellas, PIGGYBACK (Snubnose Press), and KNUCKLEBALL (One Eye Press). Find links to more of his work at:TomPittsAuthor.com 

Jan Moran is an author for St. Martin’s Press (Scent of Triumph, 2015), and co-founded RichIdeas.co, a site for authors and entrepreneurs. In a past life, she founded Scentsa, sold it to Sephora, and wrote a series of bestselling guides to perfume, Fabulous Fragrances.

Mia Thompson is a Swedish-born author living in Sacramento, California. Her international bestsellers, Stalking Sapphire and Silencing Sapphire, were published in 2013, and followed by the third book in the series, Sentencing Sapphire. Mia is currently working on completing the series’ last two installments, due out through Diversion Books in 2016 and 2017. 

Garrett Calcaterra is author of Dreamwielder, an epic fantasy YA novel. The second book in series, Souldrifter, is forthcoming from Diversion Books in the Fall of 2015. You can follow his writing updates at www.garrettcalcaterra.com.

TJ Turner is the author of LINCOLN'S BODYGUARD, an alternative history that rights one of the nation’s greatest wrongs—the death of President Abraham Lincoln. TJ draws from many unique experiences for his writing. He is a research scientist, a Federal Agent, and a very amateur luthier. He graduated from Cornell University, where his love of writing was almost snuffed out by a 350 page doctoral dissertation. As a reserve military officer, the federal government has generously provided him with numerous overseas vacations at taxpayer expense, where during his most recent deployment his love of writing was almost snuffed out by a 107mm rocket fashioned into a crudely made roadside bomb. In 2013 he was awarded a Bronze Star for combat action in Afghanistan, including the capture of 16 insurgents and the neutralization of 12 weapons caches. An essay he wrote for about his deployments to Afghanistan—The Power of Teddy Bears—was accepted and read on NPR’s This I Believe national essay series. He also serves as the vice-president of the Antioch Writer’s Workshop in Yellow Springs, OH.

Leigh Anne Jasheway has written humor books for the past twenty years, although she still claims to be 27. She has 21 published books, has had columns published in over two dozen anthologies, and has been a regular humor columnist for publications such as the LA Times, Funny Times, Family Circle, and the Register-Guard.

As a social-media expert and commentator, Dr. Flores has appeared on national and international newscasts, podcasts, radio and talk shows including "Leiberman Live" on The Howard Stern Show, PBS, WCIU Channel - "The U," National Public Radio (NPR), "Just Jenny" Sirius XM Channel, WGN Radio Chicago, The ManCow Show, Univision Television News, Mundo FOX, Charlotte News WSOC-TV, The Ron Kelly Show, and radio broadcasts out of Germany, U.K. and Canada.

Dr. Flores has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, ABC.com, CBS.com, Esquire.com, Men's Health Magazine, Everyday Health Magazine, Mashable.com, Dame Magazine, The Nation Magazine, SheKnows.com, New Parent Magazine, Hispanic Health & Beauty Magazine, La Raza Newspaper, Newlyweds.com, Upwave.com, Mujeres Sin Censura, and Moms.me.

She can be reached at drsuzanaflores@gmail.com or through her literary agent, Liz Kracht at liz@kimberelycameron.com.

 Susan Clayton-Goldner is a southern Oregon writer and a graduate of the University of Arizona's Creative Writing Program. In addition to three published novels, her works has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Animals As Teachers and Healers, published by Ballantine Books, Our Mothers/Ourselves, published by the Greenwoood Publishing Group, The Hawaii Pacific Review--Best of a Decade, and New Millennium Writings.  Susan is also the author of A Question of Mortality, a book of poetry.
Eliza Cross is an award-winning journalist and the author of nine books, including her latest cookbook 101 Things To Do With Pumpkin. She blogs at HappySimpleLiving.com and writes about the world’s most popular wine at ButteryChardonnay.com. She is also the founder of the bacon enthusiast society BENSA, which—unlike Mensa—welcomes members of all intelligence levels. 

A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime, Sue Coletta is a crime fiction author. She's written five novels: Marred, A Deadly Yearning, A Strangled Rose, Timber Point, and Silent Betrayal. Marred, a psychological thriller, is slated for release on November 11, 2015, Tirgearr Publishing.

Ash Krafton has been hard at work on being her alter ego, AJ Krafton. She released her New Adult debut THE HEARTBEAT THIEF on Kindle in June and is thrilled to have made the Amazon Bestseller lists in four countries so far. Follow #AshKraftonEuroTour2015 as she takes the THIEF on a tour of Germany, Switzerland, and Venice (or follow @ash_Krafton on Instagram).

Art spent most of his intelligence community career in the Washington, DC area. A number of his award-winning short stories appear in anthologies. He is a book reviewer and appears on writing conference panels. His espionage thrillers include, THE RIVIERA CONTRACT and THE AFRICAN CONTRACT. Next in the series, THE YEMEN CONTRACT will be released during 2015.

Anthony-Award nominated author Joe Clifford is acquisitions editor for Gutter Books, managing editor of The Flash Fiction Offensive, and producer of Lip Service West, a “gritty, real, raw” reading series in Oakland, CA. He is the author of four books (Choice Cuts, Junkie Love, Wake the Undertaker, and Lamentation), as well as editor of Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Stories Based on the Songs of Bruce Springsteen. His latest novel, December Boys, the second in the Lamentation series, is slated for release (Oceanview Publishing) in 2016. Joe’s writing can be found at www.joeclifford.com.

Holly West is the author of the Left Coast Crime Award-nominated Mistress of Fortune series. Set in late 17th London, it features amateur sleuth Isabel Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II who secretly makes her living as a fortuneteller. Find Holly online at hollywest.com.

Conrad Tuerk is an English teacher, novelist and poet living in Rutland, VT.

Peter Hogenkamp is a practicing physician and author living in Rutland, Vermont. Peter's writing credits include ABSOLUTION, the first book of The Jesuit thriller series; THE LAZARUS MANUSCRIPT, a stand-alone medical thriller; and The Intern, a serialized novel based loosely on Peter's internship, published bi-weekly on #Wattpad. Peter can be found on his Author Website as well as his personal blog, PeterHogenkampWrites, where he writes about most anything. Peter is the founder and editor of Prose&Consthe literary blog for readers and writers written by authors, editors, agents, publishers and poets; a frequent contributor and reviewer at ReadWave; the founder and moderator of groups on Facebook (The Library), Google+ (Fiction Writers Anonymous); and the chief of two tribes on Triberr, The Big Thrill and Fiction Writers. Peter tweets--against the wishes of his wife and four children--at @phogenkampvt and @theprosecons. Peter is He can be reached at peter@peterhogenkamp.com or through his literary agent (Liz Kracht of Kimberely Cameron & Associates) at liz@kimberleycameron.com.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Release Day: An Indie Author's List of Rants, Raves, Regrets, and Re-Do's

Today, my Victorian dark fantasy THE HEARTBEAT THIEF released for Kindle. And I'm going absolutely bonkers.

I don't know why. It's not my first time in this rodeo. THIEF is my fifth novel release so I should be used to this. I shouldn't be fretting at the computer, obsessively checking Twitter and email and Amazon.

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But I am. It does feel like the first time because it's my first time flying solo. THE HEARTBEAT THIEF is completely, utterly, perfectly indie. It's a feeling that's almost too big to contain.

Indie publishing isn't an entirely unknown venture for me. My other novels are small press published, and I've published ebook collections of my short work that had been published in print and on-line magazines.

However, I've never self-produced a full-length novel before. The journey was an eye-opener, allowing me to see the publishing process in an entirely new light.

While I was writing THE HEARTBEAT THIEF, there was a separate channel in my brain that streamed an unending debate on its marketing plan. (What a switch from when I was writing my first novel, when nary a marketing thought entered my head until the fifth or sixth draft, at least.) The biggest question at the top of the list—the one question that the rest of the list would depend upon—was simple.

Do I sell it or produce it?

It wasn't as easy a question to answer as I'd hoped.

Back when I was preparing for the release of my previous novels, I had the opportunity to work with talented editors and visionary artists and amazing publishing teams. It was very exciting to know there was a group of people who were as excited about my books as I was. It felt like more than team—they were my book's family.

And I love family. I never, ever wanted one of my books to grow up an orphan.

But as I neared completion of the first draft, I realized something. If I did choose to self-produce, my book wouldn't be an orphan. It had me. Plenty of single parents have happy, successful families. Difference is, single parents have to work harder because all the responsibilities of raising and rearing a child fall on them.

So a new question rose to the top: am I single parent-strong? Do I have what it takes to be this book's publisher?

So began a period of research, self-discovery, and professional growth that, in the end, really surprised me.

The Art of the Business
Over the last few years, I’ve done my best to pay attention to what the indie authors and author entrepreneurs were saying. I’m a veteran of Indie ReCon and name Hugh Howey, Susan Kaye Quinn, and Joanna Penn amongst my personal list of superheroes. These folks know and understand the business side of indie publishing.

But there was a another side to it all, one I was delighted to discover. What is a publisher if not, in great part, an artist?

We, the writers, use our craft to create manuscripts—stacks of pages of words. Stories, worlds, races, individual characters...great book potential but, in the unpublished state, they are simply words on stacks of pages.

A publisher uses a different craft that turns our pages into books, pure and simple works of art.

The cover: the artwork, the color, the emotional invocation. The interior: color of the paper, the look of the font, the accent of the chapter headings. The binding: the feel of a print book in one's hand. All of it, art.

Publishers are expert artists. They put a lot of time and craft and personal investment into creating a book out of a manuscript. As I learned more about the business side of writing and publishing, I received a secondary education in art appreciation.

The idea of artesian publishing really attracted me. So, while I was still writing the draft of THE HEARTBEAT THIEF, I bought some credits on a stock photo site, updated my Photoshop, and the next thing I knew, I had my cover. I hadn't even completed the first draft yet but I knew what my book needed to look like. (Apart from a few tweaks, it's the cover you see today.)

And, the closer I drew to completing my manuscript, I knew without doubt that I wanted to be the artist behind the creation of the book itself.

So it wasn't royalties or marketing control or any other of a million aspects of the publishing business that made me realize that The Heartbeat Thief would be independently produced. It all came down to art. The artist in me was willing to do what it takes to see this project from start to finish.

And I can't think of a more satisfying reason to call myself an indie author.

Was it a “Picture Perfect” Process?
Producing a full-length novel isn’t an easy job. I have more respect for publishers now than I’d ever had before. Formatting alone could be a full-time job and I spent many nights yelling at my Surface and cursing the local upload speeds over what I swear must be dial-up Internet. But I went to bed every night satisfied because, no matter how treacherous a challenge I'd encountered that day, I was still doing something that I absolutely love doing.
And, like any respectable artists, I developed a proper artist's temperament and have done my fair share of ranting and raving.
Here's a look back at my publishing journey for THE HEARTBEAT THIEF, rants, raves, and all:
  • Creating the cover: Rave, rave, rave. I'm a stock photo junkie and a Photoshop addict. I'm trying to wean myself off on Pinterest but, so far, I'm hopeless. (I just ended up making a Pinterest board for the book.)
  • Formatting the print version: Fair share of ranting until I realized my track changes were going to print out if I didn’t approve them. That single aspect led to re-do's and lots of them. Last time I checked, I had just uploaded version 24, and it's not even going to come out until September.
  • Formatting the ebook: lots of work but I'd have to vote it a rave. Too many guides available online to goof it up. Time-consuming, yes. Rant-worthy, no.
  • Pre-publication marketing: Rave. I loved querying the book to reviewers and setting up the book blitz and getting my teen daughter to mention it on Instagram. Authors have so many ways to generate book buzz for new releases and most of it is actually really fun.
  • Swag: RAVE. Another aspect that satisfies the artist in me. I handcrafted Victorian chokers, made stylish bookmarks, and even designed a tea on Adagio.com that pays homage to the main character. (Tea is brewing now.) Arts and crafts were always near and dear to my heart.
  • Distribution: I have to say it's a rant, only because there are too many good options that have their pro and con side. I know it will all work itself out in time for the full release in September, so eventually I will call it a rave. But, right now, I'm still doing a lot of back and forth muttering to myself about it. Since I look like I'm a crazy person when I do it, I gotta call it a rant.
And there is so much more that I’d done that were rants and raves (and maybe a re-do or two) but all in all, I’d have to sum up self-production of a novel as a resounding success.

Regrets? I have 99 problems but regret ain't one.

Now, maybe if my neighbors would shut off Netflix for an hour so I can get enough bandwidth to update the Amazon page, I could settle down a bit and wait for the tea to finish steeping. (And blame my release day nerves on the caffeine.)

My advice to anyone seeking the indie path is: Do your research. Make a solid plan and give yourself at least a year before you release it because there is a ton of work to do. Don't think artwork and formatting are willy-nilly things that one can simply whip out--hire someone to do it for you if you must.

Remember... your book is a work of art. It takes a great amount of craft to turn a vision into a book. As an artist, I truly enjoyed being the force behind THE HEARTBEATS THIEF's creation. Now, I step back, frame the book in my outstretched fingers, and think: It's beautiful.

And the journey was worth it, rants, raves, and all.

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Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction writer who, despite having a Time Turner under her couch and three different sonic screwdrivers in her purse, still encounters difficulty with time management. Visit Ash at www.ashkrafton.com for news on her urban fantasy series The Books of the Demimonde. Ash is also a contributing editor at the QueryTracker blog. She also writes for New Adult audiences as “AJ Krafton”. Her first release, a Victorian dark fantasy called THE HEARTBEAT THIEF , is now available on Kindle.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Best News Ever!

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement, fear, anxiety, angst, and overwhelming joy all rolled into one enormous feeling of upheaval. Why? Because I landed a publishing deal for my novel MARRED!!!
Now that the legal issues are out-of-the-way, the contract signed and sent back, I can finally share the news. MARRED will be released this fall.
And it terrifies me.
The world will see my words, experience my story.
What if no one likes it? What if readers shred me in reviews? What if it doesn't sell?
These are real fears, albeit probably foolish ones. I have to wonder if other authors feel this way, too. Not many talk about this aspect of publishing. Perhaps it's because they don't want potential readers to know. Whatever the reason, I believe admitting that I'm human with real fears about failure is just being honest. How can that be a bad thing? Actually, I feel a little better saying it out loud writing it.
When I started taking my writing seriously I had one specific goal in mind, to find an agent and get traditionally published by a large house. I stuck to that goal until it blinded me. Because when you have your heart set on one specific way to get published you tend to shut out other opportunities. Looking back, I realize how one-sided this line of thinking was. In today's publishing world there are many ways to turn your dreams into reality. Don't be like me and waste years on only one path. Branch out, consider your options.
Which is exactly what I did this year. Instead of querying agents I decided to go direct to publishers, a frightening venture indeed. I sent my manuscript to four publishers. If you decide to go this route here's what you need to keep in mind: agents do NOT want a manuscript that's been "shopped around". Meaning, if you send your manuscript to every small and medium press and then get rejected, you've effectively tied their hands. Very few debuts get picked up by one of the Big Five. I think the statistics show 1% out of 100. You have a better shot of winning the lottery. Which is why agents look at these small to medium presses as great alternatives.
Does this mean you shouldn't try? Absolutely not. Just don't close your eyes to other options, like I did.
I sent my manuscript to my top three choices and to one imprint I'd never heard of. And then -- BAM, an offer. By email (thankfully not from the unknown imprint). As I read and reread the email I kept waiting for the word "unfortunately" to pop up, certain I had missed it along the way.
Hearing about a team of editors who LOVED my story nearly knocked me off my chair.
I glanced up at my husband, Bob, who was on his way upstairs. "Honey, I think I just scored a publishing deal."
He twirled back to me. "What? How?"
"I don't know," I said. "Remember when I told you I was sending out a few submissions to test the waters? Well, one of them already wrote back. They said they loved my story. A whole team of editors loved my story."
"What do we do? Ask for a contract?"
"It's here. Now. Along with all kinds of other stuff, including a sheet for the Cover Art Department asking me for my input; how I want the cover to look."
Bob didn't move, shock registering on his face. A pause. And then his brow furrowed with confusion. "But I thought you'd get a call."
"Me too. And fireworks, a marching band, a plane skywriting the news above our house."
"Maybe you should read the contract before we get too excited."
He was right. And so I did.
Moments later, an unintentional shriek escaped from somewhere deep inside me. "It's true! I'm officially a published author!"
Hooping and hollering ensued.
Next, came the writing of emails to ask advice from other authors I respect who've been through this process, followed by running outside to tell the neighbors (we live on a mountain with two other houses so we're all extremely close).
I then buckled down, went over all the material my new publisher sent and wrote letters to the other houses thanking them for their time. I was now committed. This was it. My dream was becoming a reality right before my eyes.
Sue Coletta, Published Author.
It seemed too good to be true. Something must be wrong... that little bugger self-doubt creeping in, again.
Now came the hard part... I couldn't tell anyone. Not until I had signed the contract, the deal official. Although, if someone happened to cross paths with me during that period, virtually or in person, I felt compelled to share my news, but swore them to secrecy. A few friends who'd been fighting alongside me, down this road called "the traditional path into publishing", got an email too.
A release this fall is extremely quick, even for a small press. For some reason, that I am trying very hard not to question, the publisher had a few spots open for their fall release and want to include MARRED. To complete everything in time will be a lot of hard work, but hey, that's nothing new. I worked three straight years without ever taking time off, even a half-day. That's how focused I was in achieving my dream; it meant everything to me. Still does.
Without missing a beat, I set a new goal, a new dream, one I will work just as hard for, if not harder. In my opinion, this is one of the many aspects that's so great about this whole writing gig. You never know everything; there's always more to learn, strive for, look forward to, a focal point to zero in on. I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it a gazillion more times. Set a goal and then rejoice when you accomplish it. The more small goals you achieve along the way toward your big dream the more confidence you build. In theory.
This is a huge win for me. Now it's time to work toward my next goal, and the next, and the next. It's a never-ending cycle that ebbs and flows as your craft reaches new heights.
No other business that I'm aware of can say that, just as no other group is as supportive as the writing community. Without all of you, I could never have made it this far. You've been my rock when rejections stung, my cheering section when I achieved small successes, and my inspiration when I felt like I should hang up my keyboard. Writers are the most caring, generous people in the world, and I feel blessed to be part of this community.
Before I let you go enjoy the rest of your weekend, I wanted to also let you know that I bought a new domain for my site: www.suecoletta.com. Crimewriterblog.com will still work too. I've heard horror stories about successful authors who couldn't buy their own name because others bought all the sites to profit on their success, writing posts, selling books, basically posing as that author. So before I ever sell one book I wanted to make sure this could never happen to me.
I'm sure I'll share what I learn as I work with the editors, artists, etc., and show you my cover once it's available. This is such an exciting time in my life. I never thought I'd be so happy to do the little things, like updating my PayPal to a business account to sell books at signings, conferences, and the like. If you haven't experienced it yet -- it's awesome!
I'm riding this high for as long as possible. I even took most of the day off yesterday. It felt so weird being away from my keyboard.
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Ready or not, here I come!
Sue Coletta is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime. Her debut novel, MARRED, a psychological thriller, is scheduled for release this fall by Tirgearr Publishing.

Friday, June 5, 2015

One To The Wolves: On The Trail Of A Killer

A serious matter caught my attention the other day on Mystery Writers of America's FB page. A mother was reaching out for help to find her child's killer. I think you will agree that when something this tragic happens to one of our own, a fellow author, we must band together. So please, share this post as widely as you can.
Now I'll step aside and let Lois Duncan, Grand Master of MWA, tell you her story.
One to the Wolves
Although I’ve written 50 books in the course of a long career, the last thing I ever wanted was to become a true crime writer. Most of my books were YA suspense novels like I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and KILLING MR. GRIFFIN. They were carefully plotted with a catchy beginning, well developed characters, and a satisfying climax in which everything neatly fell into place.
You can do that with fiction. It’s a little bit like playing God. You design the world that you want, people it with characters of your own making, and move them about as you choose in order to reach a preconceived ending.
I learned the hard way, that’s not the case with true crime.
As I said, I’d never wanted to write in that genre. Yet I was forced to do so when our own teenage daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, was chased down in her car and shot to death in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The police dubbed the murder a “random drive-by shooting” and soon dropped off the unsolved case. In order to keep it alive, (and to keep myself sane), I made myself write about it, and that was the hardest task I’ve ever undertaken.
Kaitlyn Dincan
Kaitlyn Arquette
This was not a world of my own making. And there was no preconceived ending. And I couldn’t make the characters do what I wanted, except in my dreams:
“I could see my daughter in that car, gripping the steering wheel, frozen with horror as a bullet crashed into the door frame next to her head, and there was no place to run, no place to hide, and Mother and Daddy just a few miles away in that big safe house, and no way to reach them. If only I had been with her! In my mind I rewrote the story so I was seated beside her and could grab that shiny gold head and yank it down below window level. In that vision I threw myself across her and leaned on the horn. People came rushing to windows, came pouring out of buildings, came racing to save this terrified girl, who by now I had somehow managed to shove down to the floor boards. When the other shots came, I would be the one to receive them. And, oh, I would receive them gladly! I would smile as I slid into darkness, knowing that Kait would survive to go to college, to fulfill her plan to become a doctor, to meet and marry Prince Charming, to have children just as ornery and strong-willed and naughty and wonderful as she was, and to live and live and live.”
Kait's car window, shattered from the gunshot.
Kait's car window, shattered from bullets.
In my true crime book I was restrained by the facts as we knew them, and we didn’t know all of them. I wrote what I knew and left the story open-ended. Yet that book, WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? (Delacorte), achieved a partial purpose, as it brought tipsters out of the woodwork and caused outside investigators to contact us with offers of pro bono help in their fields of expertise. New information piled up, but police didn’t want it, since it didn’t mesh with their “random shooting” scenario. But I couldn’t allow that new information to become buried, so I wrote a second book that included it all, even the things the police did not want known.
ONE TO THE WOLVES: ON THE TRAIL OF A KILLER was recently published by Planet Ann Rule and contains a foreword by best-selling true crime writer, Ann herself.
And now, all of a sudden, something incredible has happened. The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute read ONE TO THE WOLVES and has launched their personal outside investigation of Kait’s case.
The CCIRI is a collaboration between over 20 colleges and universities across the country with approximately 2000 criminology students and over 600 experts in an assortment of areas including forensic specialists, attorneys, crime scene analysts, specialists in drive-by shootings, etc. A group of those experts is headed for Albuquerque next month to meet with our private investigator, tour the crime scene, and start interviewing witnesses and suspects the police didn’t talk to.
Some of the participants in the Cold Case investigative Research Institute as they assembled evidence to launch their investigation of the Kait Arquette murder: Dr. Duanne Thompson, weapons expert; Kait's brother Donnie Arquette (representing our family); TV Legal Analyst Holly Hughes; Sheryl McCollum, Director of CCIRI
No, I never wanted to write true crime. But I’m eternally grateful for all the years I spent writing fictional mysteries so that when the most shattering event of my life occurred I was able to transfer the skills I’d developed writing fiction into this different but related genre’.
The Power of the Pen is a force to be taken seriously. Perhaps there will be an ending to Kait’s story after all.
Lois Duncan with her daughter (14 at the time). Four years before her tragic end.
 Lois Duncan, the author of over 300 magazine articles and 50 bks, is bestknown for her YA suspense novels, which have received Young Readers Awards in 16 states and three foreign countries. In 1992, Lois was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award, presented by the ALA Library Services Association for "a distinguished body of adolescent literature." In 2015 she received the Grand Master Award, bestowed by the Mystery Writers of America for “lifetime achievement and consistent quality of mystery writing.”
Six of her novels -- SUMMER OF FEAR, KILLING MR. GRIFFIN, GALLOWS HILL, RANSOM, DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU and STRANGER WITH MY FACE -- were made-for-TV movies, and DOWN A DARK HALL is currently under production for the big screen. I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and HOTEL FOR DOGS were box office hits.
 Although young people are most familiar with Lois's fictional suspense novels, adults may know her best as the author of WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?, the true story of the murder of Kaitlyn Arquette, the youngest of Lois’s five children. Kait's heartbreaking story has been featured on such TV shows as Unsolved Mysteries, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Sally Jessy Raphael and Inside Edition. A full account of the family's on-going personal investigation of this still unsolved crime is chronicled in her newly published book, ONE TO THE WOLVES: ON THE TRAIL OF A KILLER, with a foreword by best-selling true crime writer, Ann Rule.