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Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Libby's newest thriller, HAVANA LOST, is set largely in Cuba and spans 3 generations of the same family. It was released in September, 2013.

A BITTER VEIL, was released by Allium Press of Chicago in April, 2012. Set in revolutionary Iran, PW calls it a "significant departure" from her previous work but says it will "please both established fans and newcomers."

In September, 2011, Libby released TOXICITY. It's a police procedural and a prequel to her Georgia Davis PI series. In it Georgia is still a cop.

SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE was released December, 2010 from Allium Press of Chicago. It's a stand-alone thriller that goes back, in part, to the late Sixties in Chicago. More info about it is at her website, including an awesome video trailer, revi...more

Writing Lite Tip 3 Libby HellmannWe are taught to use all our senses when we write narrative. But sight and sound usually predominate. Personally, I believe the sense of smell is our most powerful sense.

We all relate to the stench of garbage, or the aroma of Chanel No. 5. Smell adds a unique element to our writing, one which immediately indicates whether a scene is going to be pleasant or malodorous.

Think of smell when you’re...

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A Bitter Veil
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Easy Innocence (Georgia Dav...
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Doubleback (Georgia Davis, #2)
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“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
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Libby Just finished the 2nd draft of the 4th Georgia Davis book. It's tentatively called "Comeback." Waiting for a bit to make more revisions. Meanwhile, enjoying Left Coast Crime in Monterey. What a great feel this conference has!

message 13: by Libby (last edited Feb 02, 2014 07:36PM)

Libby If anyone is interested in a free copy of "Your Sweet Man," my contribution to the Chicago Blues anthology (and one of my favorite short stories), be sure to go to where you can sign up for my email list and get the story. Of course, you'll also get updates from me occasionally... but I promise not to inundate you.

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Nadine Thank you for accepting me as your friend.

Alexandra Aldrich Hi Libby, Please consider reading my new memoir The Astor Orphan. It has been described as "gothic." Thanks, Alexandra

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Libby My pleasure, Norene...

Norene Moskalski Thank you for adding me as your friend, Libby.

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Zoë Sharp Hi Libby

Thanks for Friending me here. Great to catch up with you. Loved the Odds & Ends blog, btw!

Mickey Wyte Thanks for for adding me as your friend.

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

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Libby I think I saw you're doing one too, aren't you? I'll come to yours if you come to mine.... :)

Deborah Ledford Hey Libby--it was great seeing you at your Poisoned Pen appearance. I'm looking forward to your Virtual Tour event with Shindig April 17th.
Deborah J Ledford

message 3: by Rick

Rick Reed Thanks for adding me as a friend, Libby. I'll see you at Thrillerfest.

message 2: by Kris

Kris Neri Good to connect with you here, Libby! Happy holidays.


Kris Neri
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Gerald Griffin Libby, thank you for accepting me as a friend. Hope your holiday season was a pleasant one. Though the holidays have passed, may I ask you for a belated Christmas gift: would you please visit my website,, and sign my Guest Book. It would be a special gift to see you there!


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