Pirates Have Invaded My Writing!

Image Credit: Christopher Hollis, Hollis for Wdwic Pictures [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons "AARRGH! Vast Ye scurvy readers! 'Tis Gasparilla in Tampa and the city is ours for the takin'!" Sorry for the horrible attempt at pirate-speak, but it's in my blood. Butchering the brogue is expected of Tampa natives. I love this annual tradition that starts with a pirate invasion on a grand ship bedecked with flags and booming cannon fire. The kidnapping of the mayor and an attempted takeover of the city follow.  The festivities include parades, balls, and other charity events. It all culminates in a flotilla and then a traditional street parade and the downing of much alcohol. In my adult years, the wise organizers have added a children's parade, leaving the debauchery to the original event a week later. As a kid, the pirates docked and


I happen to love reading author Bios and find myself envying those that lean into being quirky. My boilerplate Bio for the past few years is so-so, with one clever line about snakes, but it's not particularly catchy. Because I write a cozy mystery series with humor, murder, and other assorted social maladies, I always wanted my author Bio to reflect my style of writing. (BTW—I am actively querying, just in case the random, perfect-match for me agent happens to be reading this.) Sorry, back to it. I was reading an article in a recent Funds For Writers newsletter. In it, author, C. Hope Clark wrote about the problem of having to write an author’s Bio. She suggested asking friends and family for childhood quirks or funny memories. That triggered some funny, and COMPLETELY TRUE facts about my childhood and career that I thought might make for a catchier, quirkier Bio. Here is my rewrite: Liz Boeger’s stint as a bikini model peaked in kindergarten. Her fallback career as a myste

Building My Writing Tribe

Reposting my original blog page from 2017. Enjoy! Welcome to the MOCCASIN COVE MYSTERIES blog where, "It takes a village..." Surely, you've heard this phrase before. As a writer seeking publication of my first novel, AppleJacked! I have learned that building my social media presence is high up on the to-do list for prospective agents and editors. The to-do before that to-do, though, is to build my writing tribe. MY WRITING TRIBE Royal Palm Literary Award As a rather private person the idea of "getting out there" was/is a bit daunting. To alleviate the related stress, I have enlisted legions of authors and industry pros through this fantastic network called the Internet. That’s where the “village” comes in.  My tribe is the group of writing practitioners who, in addition to my dear family and friends, wake up each morning asking themselves, "Just what can I do to help LIZ today?"   Really, they do! Starting with the great fol