Posts Tagged ‘mystery’


March 7, 2017


It’s here! And as if that weren’t enough for me, it’s getting two starred reviews–Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. I’ve waited so long for this. I thought about dozens of pictures I could post, along with witty, but poignant things to say. But here I am, speechless and grateful, hoping that you like my story.

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March 6, 2017

These are only a few of the WW2 letters I inherited from my parents, Army doctor and Army nurse, newlyweds shipped to different countries for the duration of the war. They wrote each other 2-3 times a day and prayed for mail call and the (too often unreliable) delivery of their most precious, vital, real connection–their letters. It was all they had to help their marriage survive. They wrote on whatever was at hand–V-mail (infuriatingly short), bummed stationery, and even abandoned German paper, though only when necessary. One letter was written on a small, brown paper sack. They had worked out a clever code to foil the censors and to arrange rare rendezvous. (Took me a while, but I cracked their code.)

I fear we’re losing our letters to texts and emails. I admit that I rarely write letters, though I’m delighted whenever I receive one. Think of all the great historical and literary collections that wouldn’t exist if their writers had I phones. I can’t even imagine writing WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE without my trunkful of letters. Tomorrow is the official release date for the book!

I’ll be answering questions on Goodreads all week. Please join me there, okay?¬† Here’s the link: Goodreads:


IT’S MARCH! In 6 days…

March 1, 2017

WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE officially releases and should be in book stores on March 7. After so many years dreaming about this book, it’s still hard to believe it’s real. God is just so good. I thought these pictures may help you envision some of the moments in the novel. Helen in Rennes, Frank in Marseilles, then on a battle field in Germany. Frank is on the castle in Heidelberg, Germany. Helen is on her way to meet Frank.

If you’ve been reading these blogs, thanks so much for your interest. I would LOVE to hear from anyone who’s reading WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE!


January 21, 2012

It’s true. THE SILENCE OF MURDER is actually a finalist for an Edgar Award. I’ll get to go to NYC for the “gala” ceremony, a black tie affair (I don’t own a black tie.) I’m so honored–and grateful–to be in such amazing company. Too stunned to write more, but I will later.

The Silence of Murder–Teen Choice Nominee

January 17, 2012

I just got some good news to kick off 2012. THE SILENCE OF MURDER (Oct. 2011, Knopf/Random House) is nominated for Teen Choice Best Book of the Year Award! So, I have a favor to ask (and I’m terribly uncomfortable asking favors). If you like the book, or me, would you please vote for it? Anyone can vote–not just teens. You can read an excerpt at And you can vote at

Thanks a million! Dandi

The Secrets of Blogging? Blogger vs. Author?

September 13, 2011

I would gladly take lessons in blogging from anybody who could give me a couple of simple tips. I admit that when I sit here at my “dashboard,” I feel like I’m driving alone and singing along with the radio…but nobody’s listening. I’d love to hear how you regular bloggers do this. Seriously, I can write all day on a book and love every minute. But bloggin?? Do you think it’s because bloggers put themselves out there in a way novelists don’t? When I write fiction, I get to hide behind my characters, or inside of my characters. Here, it’s a different story.

So, help me out, okay? I’m really trying to connect here. Standing by…Dandi