Guest Blogs

What I Wish I Knew About Life at 25

The Flairist The Flairist, an online site targeting young, ambitious women, invited me and others to reflect on what I wish I knew when I was younger. Their angle: Life in your mid-twenties can be simultaneously beautiful and challenging. Sometimes you may Read More →

My Favorite Mystery Series: Cherry Ames, Nurse and Detective

Cherry Ames Flight Nurse I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love mysteries. I suspect I was a mystery fan back when I was spitting up strained apricots and wearing onesies. Would the Cat in the Hat get punished for wrecking the house Read More →

Mysteries: Hard-Boiled or Soft-Boiled?

Egg Market from Southern Writers Magazine Since I’m a mystery writer, my friends frequently ask me to recommend “good” mysteries for them to read. When I respond with, “What kind of mysteries do you like?” I sometimes get a blank stare. I list some of the Read More →

Jungle Red Writers: Signs of the Times

A Humorous Take on Aging (I’m always pleased to spend time with my dear friends, the fiesty crew at Jungle Red Writers. On this guest appearance we had some fun discussing aging.) HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Happy Saturday!  I noticed the other day that my ankle Read More →

Writers Read: What I’m Reading Now

Marshal Zeringue, at Campaign for the American Reader, asked me what I was reading. Here was the answer I was happy to supply: I’m currently reading Mr. Ives’ Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos, which seems appropriate since Christmas is just around Read More →

The Military Wire: Starting Over

Those of us in the military, or married to military members—and I’ve been on both sides of that equation—are used to starting over. Every time we move, we enroll the kids in new schools, meet new neighbors, try four churches Read More →