Creativity has many faces

Judy Falls, the lead character in my current work-in-progress, A Corpse in the Chapel, is a world class recycler and re-purposer. She loves to take other people’s discards and turn them into the sort of weathered treasures we see in … Continued

Progress Report on A Corpse in the Chapel

Hello Happy Readers, Today’s blog is a quick update on my current work in progress.  I’ve reached the 40,000 word mark in the manuscript (aiming for 50,000), the first third has been through a couple of edits and I’m working … Continued

Second Saturday Author Interview: Diane Weiner

Today we are visiting with cozy mystery author, Diane Weiner. Diane is a veteran public school teacher and mother of four children. She has enjoyed reading for as long as she can remember and, like many of her fans, has fond memories of Nancy … Continued

Reader Survey Results

I recently sent a Reader Survey to all the wonderful folks who have signed up for my periodic newsletter.  I wanted to see if the Ideal Reader I’ve been writing for reflects my actual fans. I was gratified with the results and I … Continued

The Spark of an Idea

Breaking News: Scientists have been able to capture the moment life begins, with a bright flash of light as a new life is conceived… Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown … Continued

Character Sketch: Judy Falls

It is time to get better acquainted with Judy Falls, the main character in A Corpse in the Chapel, coming out this summer. We first met Judy in book one of The First Ladies Club series. Birth Name: Judith Anne Cushings. Married to … Continued

The Works of J.B.Hawker Weekly Blog

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I have been writing a weekly author blog at for a couple of years, now. Many of you are following via WordPress, email, or Twitter (Thank you!). Recently, I created the website. In order to streamline site maintenance and … Continued

Fifty Shades of Earl Grey

I belong to a support group of independent authors whose writing, whether  romance, mystery or thriller, falls roughly in the general category of Cozy. We eschew foul language or gratuitous sex and violence. Currently there is a lively discussion about … Continued

Drowning in the Flood of Freebies?

When I first entered the world of the independent author in 2011, I read every bit of wisdom I could find about each step of the process, from the first germ of an idea, though outline and character development all … Continued

The joys of networking

This summer I have enjoyed collaborating on a Kindle bundle promotion with four incredibly talented and generous authors. For the bundle, entitled “Under the Italian Sun,” we each contributed one cozy mystery novel set in Italy. The five of us … Continued

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