Hello book
lovers! In celebration of Women’s History
Month, I would like to present to you
journalist, crime fiction author, and short story writer, Laura Lippman. She
graduated from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. She is a
former reporter of the defunct San Antonio Light and The Baltimore Sun.
She has written for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal,
and other publications.

She has penned over twenty crime novels and is best known for her novels set in Baltimore that features Tess Monaghan (Baltimore Blues) inspired by her work as a reporter. She has won many awards including the Agatha, the Anthony, the Edgar, the Nero, the Gumshoe, and the Shamus. Her novel What the Dead Know (2007) made the New York Times Best Seller list and was shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger Award. Her novel Every Secret Thing was adapted into a 2014 movie starring Diane Lane and her novel Lady in the Lake, was adapted into a limited Apple drama miniseries. 

She also teaches writing at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland and has taught at the 3rd Annual Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College. Outside of writing, she has appeared in the first episode of the last season on HBO’s The Wire (one of my favorite shows) as a reporter working in The Baltimore Sun newsroom. Of note, she’s married to David Simon, creator and executive producer of The Wire

Writing Tip: When writing crime fiction novels, it helps a great deal when you have first-hand knowledge. As a reporter, Laura covered many stories that would yield the knowledge to craft stories inspired by crimes and to create characters like Tess Monaghan, a reporter turned sleuth/private investigator. 

Originally Published on https://vocalexpressions.blogspot.com

Deliah Lawrence Attorney, Author, Blogger, Workshop Facilitator

Deliah Lawrence is a Maryland-based attorney and award-winning author of two romantic suspense novels (Gotta Let It Go and Gotta Get It Back) set in Baltimore. She’s also a blogger and workshop facilitator who writes poetry and short stories.

When Deliah isn’t writing, you can find her reading a book, indulging in her addiction to investigation discovery shows; or painting her yet-to-be exhibited oil artworks of landscapes, portraits or whatever else comes to her creative mind. Constantly on the go, she is also a member of the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland and Sisters in Crime.