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February 03, 2014


Karen in Ohio

How delicious, to knead and twist observed characters and dialogue into story fodder.

At the British Museum cafeteria I sat down for a little lunch next to a couple of women. One was bitterly complaining about her daughter, and her daughter-in-law, but openly admitted that she loved her son way more, and forgave him every transgression. The other woman kept trying to tell her why that was wrong, but she couldn't get a word in edgewise. It was so entertaining, like reading a scene in a well crafted novel.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

OH, KAren..amazing. I often wonder why people don't realize that not only can they be heard, but that some of us ( ;-) ) will listen with fascination!

Lucy Burdette

thank you for having me over to FF Hank!

And yes, we'll not only listen, we'll write it down and use it:)


I'm not a writer, so those types of things pass me right by. However, I'm sure if I were thinking of it, I'd find lots of every day things I would enjoy.

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Murder with Ganache, so it was fun to see where some of those scenes came from.

And go out and buy the book. It's a great read!

(I already have the book, so please feel free to give it to someone else.)

Ann M

I love reading where the little things in a book come from. ;)

Betty Escobar

Dont we all like overhearing some people talk, lol

Hank Phillippi Ryan

MArk, thank you! Always a treat to hear from you! ox

And I know, Ann and Betty, doesn't it make you be extra careful? We never know who's is passionately listening!

Sally Schmidt

At first it's fun and a little naughty to overhear a few words - but then they keep talking. Ewwwww.

I love the fact that on the various blogs I follow you are all so excited and supportive as each others' books come out. What a wonderful community you have. And what a wonderful linkage for us readers, more and more fun books to add to my TBR list.

Deb Romano

I'm pretty quiet when I'm in a crowd, and one reason is that I like listening to the stories people tell (even when they don't know they have my attention:-)Good thing I don't talk about some of the things I overhear! Once when I was on a ferry, I overheard a man calling his attorney to discuss personal details of his divorce and custody arrangement. There was a whole boatload of people around him as he did this!

Lucy Burdette

Here was another bad one, Deb--I was riding the train home from New York to Connecticut. A well-dressed woman got on our car with her cell phone and proceeded to tell her boyfriend about her day and announce that she was on the way over to his apartment. Every single one of us saw her face and heard her voice when he told her not to come. How humiliating...hmmm...next book?

And thank you Sally--the mystery writing community is truly an incredible bunch of people!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

OH, that's incredibly sad, Lucy! Sigh. ANd it's rally interesting--pushing this now--how that tells you a while story, doesn't it?

DebRo, hi! and yeah, people just forget there's a real world out there.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Sally, thank you. Yes,it's a terrific community. And delighted you are part of it!


Congrats, LucyRo! Sounds like another winner. And I love the cover. That looks like my cat rolling in the grass. :) I'm looking forward to reading about Schnootie. :)

Hank Phillippi Ryan

And the winner of LUCY's book is SALLY! Sally, email me at hryan at whdh dot com --and tell me your address!


It's funny to overhear a few sentences,but then the people keep talkin" and talkin" and so it gets boring.

Charlaine Harris

Airport bathrooms are the worst. The WORST. That's where the staff go to get out of the sightline of their supervisors, I suppose, and conduct intensely personal conversations, though they must be aware anyone in the stalls can overhear!

Charlaine Harris

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, you are SO right, Charlaine! I suppose they don't care..after all, we're not going to rat them out...


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