What I Wish I Knew About Life at 25

What I Wish I Knew About Life at 25

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 find it necessary to...
Mysteries: Hard-Boiled or Soft-Boiled?

Mysteries: Hard-Boiled or Soft-Boiled?

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 choices: “Cozies, police procedurals, paranormal,...
Jungle Red Writers: Signs of the Times

Jungle Red Writers: Signs of the Times

(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 was puffy.  (I promise this has...
Writers Read: What I’m Reading Now

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 the corner. It’s a tale...
The Military Wire: Starting Over

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 before we find a good fit, search out new...