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Katherine Sharma
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Writer, editor, marketer, strategic planner
Writer, editor, marketer, strategic planner

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Sleepwalking Murder in Fact & Fiction
My brother was a sleepwalker, and I still remember with unease my childhood encounters with him in the night--appearing silently in my room, shuffling past down a dark hall, mumbling to unseen companions as he moved blind-eyed through his dream world. Sleep...
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How Mystery Writers Can Color in Emotion
Passing through a bookstore, I noted the now-common section devoted to adult coloring books, and I began to think about the role of color in fiction writing, including mysteries.  Color has a proven ability to evoke emotion; there's a reason fast-food logos...
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Top Psychological Thrillers Have a Feminine Face
Best-selling mystery-thrillers like Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train , Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies have won fans and movie renditions because of cleverly deceptive psychological plotting. There's an interesting trend i...
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Domestic Violence Deaths as Public Health Crisis
White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter recently failed to get a security clearance and was forced out because of evidence of physical abuse of two ex-wives and a girlfriend. Porter did not fit the stereotype that many people have of "wife beaters" as low-st...
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In the Headlines: Kids Shooting Kids at School
There have been a couple of headline stories recently about K-12 school shootings involving minor shooters (a 15-year-old Kentucky boy and 12-year-old L.A. girl). School violence is always disturbing, but the idea of school children shooting each other is e...
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We're Still Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Last week marked the 136th anniversary of the birth of author Virginia Woolf, and it was noted by numerous newspaper articles and even an iconic sketch by Google. As the #MeToo and Time's Up movements step up to podiums, and powerful men's sexual abuses--in...
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Authors Turn Journalists Into Murder Sleuths
The other evening I enjoyed watching the movie "The Post," about The Washington Post and the drama of the "Pentagon Papers" publication (you can't beat Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks), and it brought back memories of my own early years in newspaper journalism....
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Start the New Year With New Mysteries
January can be a frigidly bleak start to the new year, but it's also a great month to stay cozily indoors enjoying the year's first crop of mystery debuts. For fans of J.D. Robb's Detective Eve Dallas, and her sexy husband Roarke, January brings a 46th entr...
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True Crime, or Fact Stranger Than Fiction
We're in an era when the lines between fact and fiction, truth and falsehood (alternative facts for some), seem more blurred than usual. When it comes to murder, the fictional tale is certainly easier to swallow, with mysteries solved, with good and evil cl...
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Holiday Merriment Via Bad Sex in Fiction Award
I usually write about mystery or thriller writing, but during the holiday season, the dark side of human nature just seems inappropriate. Luckily, even serious fiction can create light moments, especially when writers try to come up with new ways to describ...
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