Wednesday, October 18, 2017

#MichMurderMayhem: Female Serial Killers Are More Common Than You Think #suspenseromance

When we think about serial killers we think about men. Well, “man,” actually—some vicious, twisted sociopath, working alone. He probably has a dreadful nickname, given to him by the media with loving precision: the Ripper, the Vampire Rapist, the Son of Sam, the Shadow Killer, the Berlin Butcher. His nickname is his brand, a nightmare name for a nightmare man whose victims are, more often than not, innocent women.
It’s true: men spill most of the blood in history books. And serial killers, specifically, are overwhelmingly male. During the past hundred years, fewer than ten percent of serial murderers were women—or so we think. (The records are far from immaculate. In 2007, an exhaustively researched book listed 140 known female serial killers. A blog for the men’s rights movement lists almost 1,000. We do know that the number, whatever it is, has increased in the US since the 1970s.) Society tends to sink into “collective amnesia” about female violence, so much so that when Aileen Wuornos was charged with seven violent murders in 1992, the press pronounced her “America’s first female serial killer” and continued to do so for decades following
Aileen wasn’t America’s first female serial killer—not by a long shot. But female serial killers are master masqueraders: they walk among us looking for all the world like our wives, mothers, and grandmothers. Even after they’ve been apprehended and punished, most of them eventually sink back into the mists of history in a way that male killers do not. Historians are still wondering who Jack the Ripper was, but almost never concern themselves with his creepy countrywoman, Mary Ann Cotton, who claimed three or four times as many victims, most of them children.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nat'l Inner Beauty Day! Oct 7th & Let Me Help You Turn Your Story Into Profit @ #FullerWoman TODAY

As part of the International Fuller Woman Expo October 7th 10am to 4pm, I'll be doing a workshop on Turning your Story Into Profit. More info can be found at or go directly to for details.

About workshop facilitator:

Detroit native, Sylvia Hubbard, a single mother of three, has worked tirelessly to promote and encourage emerging writers in Michigan. She independently published her first romance novel in 2000 and has continued to write in that genre, sometimes venturing into other subgenres. Always urban and contemporary styled, her writing is enjoyed all over the world. She has published 6 paperbacks and over 30 e-books. 

The same year she published, Ms. Hubbard also created Motown Writers Network to fill the lack of education and networking for Michigan authors online and offline. By 2004, she was frustrated that all the literary conferences had moved too far away from the city and co-created The Essence of Motown Literary Jam Conference held only in the City of Detroit annually.

We are so very pleased to have Sylvia with us to show us how to publish and craft our own stories for the masses.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Michigan Sisters In Crime -- Don't miss FREE event this Saturday, Sept. 9 via @Mi_SinC

We hope you had a fantastic Labor Day weekend!!

This is a reminder that if you haven't registered for this Saturday's Polygraph Seminar for Writers seminar, there's still time. This seminar will explain the science behind the polygraph machine as well as interrogation techniques.

Here are Christopher Lanfear's amazing credentials:

25 years Michigan State Police/Retired Detective Lieutenant. State of Michigan licensed polygraph examiner since 1979. Dual Licensure as both Public (Government) and Private Examiner. Chief Examiner for Oakland County Government (48 policies agencies and prosecutor's office) for 18 years. Retired January 2017.  Over 1000 Homicide Investigations and over 3000 Criminal Sexual Assault Investigations.  Court Certified Expert, Criminal Investigation, Narcotics Investigation, Polygraph Examinations, Interview & Interrogation. Currently Forensic Polygraph Examiner, testing for Defense and Appellate Counsel. State of Michigan Appellate Defender's Office, Federal Defender's Office (Detroit) and Federal Defender's Office (Flint).

To register, either visit our website

or follow the below link to the Eventbrite site:

We hope to see you Saturday!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Laura L. M.: How to Hook a Reader

I should note that this article will be primarily concerning YA fiction, as that is what I know most about. You may notice that some of these openings use elements that I cautioned against in an earlier article. Told 'ya there were bountiful exceptions to writing "rules."

Saturday, February 20, 2016

#MotownWriters #WritersLife Article by @Matthews_Mark #Michlit #MotownLit

Current Books

ALL SMOKE RISES, New Release! Set in Detroit

Ten year old Lilly is the victim of a terrible house fire and a wretched family. Her father is an

addict with mental illness, her mother was murdered and then buried across the street, and her

uncle got her addicted to heroin.

Lilly's tragic story has been told in the book ALL SMOKE RISES, and it may be true, for the author

has broken into your house, and placed Lilly's body on your kitchen counter. He demands you

read the manuscript, before cutting his own wrists and bleeding out on your floor.

Now you have decisions to make, for her body may not be dead, and her family is coming for


MILK-BLOOD, set in Detroit, has been optioned for a full length feature film.

Lilly is ten years old, living in poverty, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin.

Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and

buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can't stay

away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come


For her mother is there, buried in the back, and this homeless man is Lilly's true father, and both

want their daughter back.


ALL SMOKE RISES and MILK-BLOOD capture the horror of modern day issues that families are facing.

Urban decay, isolation, poverty, and heroin addiction. These are real people facing real horrors, Parents doing the best they can with what they have, losing children to tragedy, and children trying to survive on a street with very real dangers that no child should face.

 The stories center around a ten year old girl named Lilly, born with a heart defect, and her tragic family dynamics.

The inspiration for writing these books came from my own work as a substance abuse therapist. For
nearly 20 years, I've worked with hundreds of addicts from the Detroit area, many of them indigent.

Before this time, I spent years in my own addiction. I woke up each day and my daily efforts were how to get high and get by. By the grace of God, I now have 23 years clean and sober, but I have come to understand the immense power addiction has over the human soul.

So I wrote these books, and they are full of suspense, horror, and supernatural elements, but everything that happens in them is true.  All of it. True.

That doesn't mean that there's an actual ten year old girl named Lilly whose mother was murdered,
dismembered, burned, and buried in a shallow grave across the street, yet still speaks to her from this

Whose uncle got her addicted to heroin.

Who discovers her true father is the schizophrenic, homeless, heroin addict living on her street, the one who injected his dad's ashes into his veins when he was craving his next fix.

Just because these things didn't happen, doesn’t mean they aren't true.

The urban decay, the poverty where children get their best meals from school breakfasts. This clearly
exists, as well as people who go about their life doing everything they can to get high on heroin. This is not fiction. It's happening, right now. These books only shine the supernatural light on the subject, for what's the best way to tell the truth? It's by making up a story.

Please check out my latest release on amazon,

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