Finding the Root

Delighted to share this piece I wrote for Temenos, a literary journal that published my short story “Finding the Square Root of Everything. Finding the Root ​by Ginny Fite Several years ago while driving to the supermarket, a thought flashed through my mind with the speed of a ping pong ball passing through a vacuum: Our memories aren’t facts, they aren’t the truth, but just the story we tell ourselves about who we are. Link to the rest here: https://www.temenosjournal.com/ginny-fite.html

Book Club Questions

I love meeting with book clubs to discuss my novels. Here are some questions to get you started in your discussion of the Detective Sam Lagarde mystery series. Book Club Questions 1. How did you experience the book? Were you immediately drawn into the story–or did it take you a while? Did the book intrigue, amuse, disturb, alienate, irritate, or frighten you? 2. Do you find the characters convincing? Are they believable? Compelling? Are they fully developed as complex, emotional human beings–or are they one-dimensional? 3. Which characters do you particularly admire or dislike? What are their primary characteristics? 4…. Read More

Sisters in Crime Line Up in Baltimore

Delighted to announce I’ll be part of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime Authors Panel May 17, 6 p.m. Hamilton Branch Library, 5910 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214. Here’s the line up: Barbara Bourland – Fashion magazine editor Catherine Ono (amateur detective) John DeDakis – Investigative journalist Lark Chadwick Ginny Fite – State Police Detective Sam Lagarde Eileen McIntire – The 90s Club at Whisperwood Retirement Village (amateur detective) Meg Opperman – Mystery short stories Jill Yesko – Baltimore private detective Jane Ronson Eileen McIntire, president of the Maryland Writers Association, will lead the panel. Looking forward to being… Read More

Mystery & Romance at Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Crafts Show

Come by and say hello at the Fredericksburg Arts & Crafts show on April 1 and 2. I’ll be there with another Black Opal Books writer, Tonya Royston, selling books! Into paranormal romance? Check out Tonya’s website: www.tonyaroyston.com Tonya Royston

Where Do You Get Those Ideas?

Guest Post on JBronder Book Reviews My sister asks me after diving into one of my novels, “Where do you get these ideas?” “My mind is a dangerous place to be,” I respond. “No kidding,” she says. She should know. She grew up with me and observed first-hand the things I was capable of imagining. We didn’t have electronic games then, and there’s only so much monopoly anyone can stand, so we had to make up our own. Game devising requires story-building skills and a fair amount of persuasive ability, since there were four of us and everyone had to… Read More

Three Books and a Shipwreck

Guest post on Cheryl’s Book Nook Imagine I’ve survived a shipwreck—thrown into churning water, the ship sinking before my eyes, huge waves, sharp rocks, dragged across coral to be washed up on the beach, gasping like a dying fish exposed to air. And yet, I’ve managed to preserve three books to keep me company while airplanes search for survivors 500 miles in the wrong direction. I must have put these favorite books in a waterproof envelope, taped it closed, and strapped it to my body before I flung on the life preserver. Because, of course, what else would I save… Read More

Imaginary Friends

In some ways, writing novels is like spending all day, every day, with your imaginary friends—the way you did when you were a child and poured a cup of imaginary tea for a friend no one could see, or insisted your mother kiss the invisible Emily goodnight or leave a seat for Jim at the dinner table. (for more of this guest post, go to Library of Clean Reads)

True Lies in Cromwell’s Folly

Writing is like dreaming with our eyes open. And, it’s also like lying — very convincing lying. In our dreams, anything can happen: tumbling through the sky to our deaths, besting an enemy in battle, or being embraced by endless love. Dreams are where we practice skills (like flying), where we put two and two together, where insights come from — particularly useful for a detective like Sam Lagarde. For more of this guest blog on Omnimystery.com go here: http://www.omnimysterynews.com/2016/03/please-welcome-back-mystery-author-ginny-fite-5f8f5c50.html

Setting the Hook

In the middle of the night several years ago, I was researching how to write a murder mystery. I came upon a set of guidelines which began, “Find the body.” There may have been more to that instruction, but that’s what I wrote down on a pink Post-it note along with six other brief mystery milestones that fit on a two-by-two inch piece of paper. I put the note on my desk, and from time to time read it over when my mind strayed from other tasks. For the rest of this guest blog on bkstevensmysteries.com, click here: http://www.bkstevensmysteries.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ginny.pdf

Everything you ever wanted to know…

Recently, I was asked to answer a few questions for Carolyn Howard Johnson’s blog. Carolyn is the author of the Frugal Book Promoter. I leaped at the opportunity. Just in case you don’t see her blog, I’m posting the questions and responses here. 1. What is your genre? Is it fiction or nonfiction? Fiction/murder mysteries 2. What made you want to be a writer? I like to read. 3. Of all the authors out there, who inspired you most? Alexander Dumas and Jane Austen as a teenager; right now Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. Each writer teaches… Read More