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by Bill Crider

When last I mentioned the (fully clothed) Naked Authors (nakedauthors.com) several years ago, the contributors consisted of Paul Levine, Cornelia Read, Patricia Smiley, James O. Born, and Jacqueline Winspear. A stellar group, to be sure, and now Ridley Pearson’s been added. Here’s what they say about the blog: “A cop, a Brit, a Deb, a B-School grad, a guy with good hair, and a wisecracking lawyer wrestle with the naked truth about literature and life.” It’s up to readers to decide who’s who, but all the guys appear to have good hair. There are occasional guest bloggers too. About the content they say, “Our observations will be as varied as our writing, and we hope you enjoy reading what we have to say.” A recent post by Jacqueline Winspear that discusses clearing the “stuff” out of a home especially touched me. The Naked Authors blog regularly, but not every day. You can easily keep up, however, by signing up for e-mail notifications of updates or by subscribing to the RSS feed.

Louis A. Willis says that he’s a former government employee and that his blog offers “The opinionated opinions of a readholic on whodunit, howdunit, whydunit novels or any novels he reads.” However, the name of his blog is African American Mystery/Crime Authors Opinions On (lawillis.blogspot.com), and that’s what you’ll find here. Some recent reviews include those of Robert Greer’s Resurrecting Langston Blue and The Devil’s Backbone. Willis doesn’t update often, but when he does, you’ll find interesting and meaty reviews.

Gerald So’s So, You Want to Chat? (chatterrific.blogspot.com) features author interviews, chat sessions, and guest posts by writers. Recent writers in those catetories include James O. Born, Jim Winter, Steve Brewer, Peter Swanson, Lee Matthew Goldberg, and S.J. Rozan, but the list goes on. If you’re interested in what writers say about themselves (and who isn’t?), be sure to check in with this blog.

The blog at B.K. Stevens Mysteries is called The First Two Pages (bkstevensmysteries.com/blog), and it’s a place where “writers will quote and comment on the first two pages (or less) of their published short stories and novels, explaining how they drew readers in and made them want to stay.” The blog is updated every Tuesday, and it’s always fascinating.

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