Made you LOL!

My favorite kind of reader feedback is when someone tells me they laughed out loud at something I wrote and scared their dog/spit their soda/made fellow passengers on the subway doubt their sanity. LOLs are my love language. So I was especially heartened when Holly Adams, the awesomely talented narrator of my Mount Moriah MysteriesContinue reading “Made you LOL!”

Thanks for nothin’, J.R.R. Tolkien – More of my interview with audiobook narrator Holly Adams

Audiobook narrator Holly Adams sat down with me recently to talk about her process for narrating fantasy and non-fiction books and the preparation that goes into each recording.

Tongue Gymnastics with Holly Adams

Audiobook narrator Holly Adams sits down with author Mindy Quigley to share the keys to creating distinct character voices.

I found the perfect place to kill a bunch of people.

In my last post, I wrote about stumbling upon the adorable town of Maysville, Kentucky, which is in fact so cute it could be the eighth member of BTS. Today, I will tell you about my quest to find a similar place, so that I could kill people there. Warning for readers who are sensitiveContinue reading “I found the perfect place to kill a bunch of people.”

I discovered the Hello Kitty of towns

The Quigley clan traveled to England over Christmas to see my husband’s family, so our miniature Schnauzer spent the holidays with my parents. She had a fantastic time and gained a mind-boggling amount of weight. Like three pounds in six weeks. That’s about 15-20% of her body mass. Was she running an IV drip ofContinue reading “I discovered the Hello Kitty of towns”

How I became Julia Child(ish)

You may know me from such culinary disasters as: That time I set a baguette on fire That time my oven broke on Thanksgiving Day and I hacked apart a frozen turkey and cooked pieces of it into a rubbery jerky using my toaster oven That time I set a kitchen towel on fire ThatContinue reading “How I became Julia Child(ish)”

Don’t hold your breath.

A few weeks ago, I lost the ability to breathe. Usually, I think about breathing about as often as I think about making my hair grow or making my blood circulate through my body. Which is to say, never. Breathing is supposed to be part of a body’s standard operating system. Like how when youContinue reading “Don’t hold your breath.”

“You never know when your pizza cat mystery will come along.”

I do not recommend trying to become a writer. In fact, I’m not even sure I know what “becoming a writer” is. When I published the first Lindsay Harding novel, did that make me a writer? Or was it the brief and shining moment when the first book climbed to the top of Amazon’s cozyContinue reading ““You never know when your pizza cat mystery will come along.””

That time I was famous

Somehow I appear to have forgotten to create a blog post to tout my appearance on Blue Ridge PBS’s Write Around the Corner program. Author blogs basically exist for for self promotion, so don’t ask me why I never wrote a post specifically about the biggest self-promotional opportunity of my career–a thirty-minute TV show aboutContinue reading “That time I was famous”

Facebook, Undead Russians, and the Tying of Loose Threads

Terrance Winter, a writer for┬áThe Sopranos, has a ready answer when asked about the most frequent fan question he fields — hands down, it’s about the episode with the missing Russian. What happened to the Russian?! If you’ve seen the series, you know what I’m talking about. The episode, called Pine Barrens, features a botchedContinue reading “Facebook, Undead Russians, and the Tying of Loose Threads”