B.V. Lawson

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The latest installment in the Scott Drayco mystery series, Elegy in Scarlet, is out now! Details here.



Hey there. Thanks for visiting my profile! I'm an author of crime fiction, including the Scott Drayco mystery series, which has been honored by the American Independent Writers, Maryland Writers Association, named Best Mystery in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and been a finalist for the Shamus and Silver Falchion Awards. Library Journal said of the series, "worth putting on your reading list," and I hope you'll think so, too.

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B.V. Lawson When I was a child, my grandmother used to say my father's American ancestors who emigrated from the Netherlands were known as "Black-Dutch." I didn't…moreWhen I was a child, my grandmother used to say my father's American ancestors who emigrated from the Netherlands were known as "Black-Dutch." I didn't think about that phrase again for years until I reached adulthood and researched it out of curiosity. But what I found was puzzling as there's quite a bit of mystery surrounding the term, with many different interpretations regarding its ethnic origins: does “Black-Dutch” refer to a Native American genealogical link? The mysterious Melungeons of the Southern U.S.? Or Dutch people of Spanish or Portuguese extraction, or possibly Sephardic Jewish colonists?

Of course, the mystery author in me began conjuring all sorts of subplots and branching intrigue regarding these people and their origins. Was the meaning behind "Black-Dutch" purely ethnic or was there a more sinister, criminal underpinning? Were my ancestors a bunch of rogues or gypsies? Did they leave the Netherlands for new opportunities or were they running from the law? This line of thinking naturally led to various storylines for either historical or contemporary crime fiction settings, although I haven't decided in which direction the trail should lead. One thing’s for sure: I appear to come from a long line of rather mysterious people, which makes my choice of occupation seem somehow predestined. #MysteryWeek(less)
B.V. Lawson Fortunately, it's never a problem. I always have at least half a dozen stories I'm working on and sometimes more than one book. The only problem is…moreFortunately, it's never a problem. I always have at least half a dozen stories I'm working on and sometimes more than one book. The only problem is switching back and forth between them and getting back into that new literary world.(less)
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message 7: by Verge

Verge LeNoir B. V. thank you for adding me to your G R friends list.


message 6: by B.V.

B.V. Zoë wrote: "Hi BV. Thanks so much for Friending me here. How's the writing going with you?" Hey, Zoë! Writing is going a bit better. My father's health started declining in the fall leading to a stint in home hospice and his death in February. It took awhile for me to ease back into things, but writing is good therapy.

I enjoy your Murderati posts and the Charlie Fox series, and maybe someday soon you can take some "Author R&R" on my In Reference to Murder blog. Authors offer their take on the research and references they use in their writing. (see http://tinyurl.com/b2vyavy). If you ever have time in your busy schedule, would love to have you drop by! Just let me know your availability at bv@bvlawson.com.


message 5: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi BV. Thanks so much for Friending me here. How's the writing going with you?


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


message 3: by Rai

Rai Always happy to connect with my fellow scribes!

Cheers,

Rai


message 2: by Ilyn (last edited Mar 13, 2009 03:27AM)

Ilyn Ross Hello Bv,

How are you? Thank you for accepting my friend-request and for joining Happy & Brainy. I wish you all the best for 2009 and always.

Please visit the To the Glory of Man, Reason Reigns, and Goodreads Tea Party groups when you have a chance. Have a marvelous Friday and weekend. Warmest regards.


message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Bv,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author here!


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