Let’s talk about campus murder mysteries

Let’s talk about campus murder mysteries. I love reading them and writing them. What is it about academia that sparks thoughts of murder? Of course there's the old saying that "campus politics are so nasty because the stakes are so small." But that's more of an observation than an explanation. I have some ideas: Clashing … Continue reading Let’s talk about campus murder mysteries

The real-life version of the “Labor Day Race”

In The Cursed Canoe, Professor Molly Barda’s best friend Emma Nakamura practices with her crew for the “Labor Day Race.” Emma’s big race was Saturday morning. I wasn’t actually planning to attend in person. If I wanted to catch Emma and her crew before they left, I’d have to be down at the water before dawn. … Continue reading The real-life version of the “Labor Day Race”

Paddletics

Hawaiian paddlers with outrigger

In The Cursed Canoe, Professor Molly Barda’s best friend Emma Nakamura is the captain of a paddling crew. With seven women on the crew and only six seats in the canoe, things get a little competitive. In fact, there’s a word for this kind of infighting: Paddletics. “We call it paddletics,” Yoshi said. “When paddlers get … Continue reading Paddletics

Truth is Boring

One question that I get is, “Am I in your book?” I can see why people might ask this. The setting is a public university in Hawaii, similar in some ways to my own workplace. The main character is Molly Barda, who teaches in the Mahina State University College of Commerce. I teach at a … Continue reading Truth is Boring

“Okay, who needs to die?”

What genre do you write?  I write mysteries that don’t have explicit sex or violence, so technically they’re in the “cozy mystery” category, although that might be a little misleading. I think that because of the success of series like “The Cat Who…” and the Hannah Swensen mysteries, sometimes people expect cozies to have cats … Continue reading “Okay, who needs to die?”

Interview: Five Questions (that Turned into Ten)

People who enjoy the Molly Barda Mysteries are diverse age- and gender-wise, but what they all seem to have in common is experience working in extremely bureaucratic organizations. They also have excellent taste.

Where everyone has a green thumb

I really did have a lot to learn about gardening. I was not one of those persons gifted with a green thumb. In fact, I seemed to have the opposite of a green thumb, whatever that would be. A red thumb? That didn’t sound right, although green and red opposed each other on the color … Continue reading Where everyone has a green thumb