Entries by Lois Winston

Do You Wordle?

By Lois Winston A few years ago, I got hooked on crossword puzzles. I attribute this addiction to my dear friend Janice. She passed away in 2019 after an eight-month battle with Stage 4 cancer. I spent much of that time taking her to doctor appointments and chemo treatments and visiting with her during several […]

Anastasia is Back, and This Time the Crime is Real!

  By Lois Winston Most mystery writers and readers are fascinated by true crimes. Even if our reading doesn’t branch out beyond cozy mysteries, many of us watch everything from Murder, She Wrote reruns to each iteration of the Law & Order franchise. Some of us have even become hooked on true crime podcasts.    Me? I’m a news […]

Writing as Catharsis

Who would think this cute baby would grow up to be the inspirationfor the woman who makes the Wicked Witch of the West look likeRebecca of Sunnybrook Farm? By Lois Winston  During an interview recently, the interviewer told me she loves Anastasia Pollack, my reluctant amateur sleuth, but the character she really, really loves is […]

My Tweaking Obsession

By Lois Winston No, that title does not have a typo. I’m neither obsessed with Twitter nor with twerking. However, I am a compulsive tweaker.   Every author has her own process for writing a novel. The two most talked about are whether you’re a pantser or a plotter. Pantsers write by the seat of their pants. They […]


Last week I sat down for a long-distance chat with my critique partner and fellow Stiletto Gang blogger Donnell Ann Bell. Today we get together again, but this time it’s my turn to grill—uhm…interview her. I want to start off by reciprocating the compliments Donnell gave me. I’m very lucky to have her as my […]

The Story Behind the Story – Part 3

By Lois Winston The Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries take place in Westfield, NJ, the town where I lived for twenty-three years until my recent relocation to Tennessee. Westfield is famous for being the home of cartoonist Charles Addams of The Addams Family fame, as well as the infamous John List, who murdered his entire family in […]

The Story Behind the Story, Part 2

Original Paperback Cover By Lois Winston  I began my writing career penning romance and romantic suspense before I segued into mystery. These early novels hold a special place in my heart because two of them were my first published books. They also represented the beginning of what would become a trademark of sorts for my […]

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Sign on a Bookstore Window By Lois Winston  No matter where you fall along the political spectrum, you have to admit it’s been a divisive few years. Couple that with a pandemic and various conflicts going on across the globe, and it’s a wonder we all don’t crawl into bed, pull blankets over our heads, […]

No One Ever Promised Life Would Be Fair

By Lois Winston I graduated college (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, if you believe my kids) with a degree in graphic design and illustration and went to work as an art director at a small ad agency. Big title. Tiny paycheck. I was the one and only artist on staff, so I really didn’t […]

How a “Perfect” Marriage Led to a Writing Career

By Lois Winston Many authors mention in their bios that they always wanted to be a writer. Not me. I wanted to be an astronaut. Thanks to a right brain that quakes at the sight of anything requiring math skills, not to mention a body prone to motion sickness, that dream never came true. My […]