Entries by Kathryn Lane

Crazy About Socks?

Recently I read that during the pandemic online shopping spree, socks became a hot item. Socks? Really? Must have taken some pretty bored people to shop for socks! I wondered if socks had ever been written up in literature. As a mystery writer, I immediately thought of possible book titles: Murder by Socks, The Sock […]

Evacuating from a Wildfire

By Kathryn Lane I love the mountains in northern New Mexico. Nature in this area constantly surprises me with beautiful vistas, wildflowers, and above all, the wild animals. We have elk, deer, coyotes, wild turkeys, several varieties of birds, Cooper hawks, and bears. Occasional wild cats and mountain lions also roam the area. I’m mesmerized […]

A Nod to Writers and Artists

By Kathryn Lane In every novel of my Nikki Garcia mystery series, I’ve mentioned a writer or a visual artist whose work I admire. Since my mysteries are set in foreign countries, this detail adds a touch of that country’s culture. Waking Up in Medellin takes place in Colombia and I wove in the works […]

Editing, Updating, and Completing a Manuscript

  By Kathryn Lane Technology innovations are accelerating at warp speed. At least that’s what it seems like in my writing world. A year-and-a-half ago, I started research about a child math prodigy interested in rockets and space travel. The story takes place in the present day. The plot revolves around a family-secret type mystery […]

Close-up on Gay Yellen

By Kathryn Lane Texas author Gay Yellen came to writing with an extraordinary background. She began working life as a stage and TV actor, then moved behind the camera at The American Film Institute (AFI) as Assistant to the Director of Production. She moved on to become a magazine editor and national journalism award winner. […]

Writing and Selling Fiction in the Metaverse

 By Kathryn Lane In the near future, when a reader purchases a book, that reader can also receive additional 3-D experiences depicting the author’s world, how the author researched, created, and wrote that particular book. Interacting with the metaverse. As readers, we will be able to interact through virtual reality (VR) with our favorite authors. Though […]

Why I Wrote Missing in Miami by Kathryn Lane

Location is important in my novels, yet it is only the setting. It does, however, dictate the type of story that can take place. By selecting Miami and Havana,  I had to delve into the creativity pool in my frontal cortex to select a topic bursting with possibilities for a new and interesting storyline. A […]


By Kathryn Lane Houston hosted Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. Not to miss an important event, Bob and I attended with friends from Angel Fire. So many exhibits are hyped up that we did not know what to expect. Then we left talking about what an amazing show we’d witnessed. First, you glimpse blowups of […]

To Find a Monarch

 By Kathryn Lane Mexico, my country of origin, is a cultural paradise. I always experience a nostalgic yearning for the traditions I grew up with, especially during the last quarter of the year, which is rich with festivities. Starting in September, we have holidays that spill over into multiple days, like the 15th and 16th […]

A Fun Interview with Bethany Maines

Interview by Kathryn Lane (Bethany Maines is such a dynamic interviewee that I’ve kept the interview pretty much as it happened. To edit would lose the spontaneity of her responses.) Bethany, I’m amazed by your dexterity as an author. You write in various genres, from crime fiction to mystery, to action adventure to sci-fi. Do […]