My List: Compound Words

The Dancer, Renoir, 1874

Lately I’ve become involved with compound words. Not that I don’t have better things to worry about. I sit and wonder if they’re written as one word or two. Or hyphenated. I don’t know who decides where they are in their evolutionary state of commingling, but I spend lots of time looking them up in the dictionary. […]

The Moon Is a Cold Goddess

Coney Island Funny Land_Sascha Grant - Version 2

Here’s an excerpt from Whiskey’s Gone, a work in progress publishing soon, the third in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series. In this scene, it’s the middle of the night and Fina is lying awake, trying to solve a few mysteries at once—the mystery of a missing woman, as well as the mysteries that lie […]

Terre de Fer Frog

Terre de fer frog

On one of our trips to Paris in 1983 my husband and I found this pitcher in a store near the Seine. We had to have it. Our plane left for New York in less than four hours. We paid the clerk a few francs and departed, hurrying to make a final visit to Notre […]

The Prime Suspect

Manhattan Bridge June 1905

Here’s an excerpt from Whiskey’s Gone, a work in progress publishing soon. In the scene—it takes place outside the BookCourt, a bookstore on Court Street in an upscale Brooklyn neighborhood—Fina Fitzgibbons and her friend, Cookie, run into Zizi Carmalucci, a reporter and Denny’s old flame, who pumps them about a missing woman. Zizi Carmalucci is a character […]

How to Check Details in Scrivener


If you’re like me, there are details that figure prominently in your story. They’re mentioned in two or three scenes, their location and meaning important. And we need to be consistent with information about them—for example (and I’ve done this) mentioning the color of a character’s hair in one scene, and then changing the color a few scenes […]