Writing

Newspaper columns

Baxter State Park: Nothing this fantastic is easy

centralmaine.com, January 14, 2015 http://www.centralma ... c-is-easy/

Why do people go to Millinocket in the dead of winter and stand in line in below zero temperatures for hours? If you've been to Baxter State Park, you'd know.

Presidents Day (or whatever) holiday typical February

centralmaine.com, February 4, 2015 http://www.centralma ... -february/

Is it Presidents Day or President's Day? And what's it all about anyway? Well, there's no easy answer.

Maine's stubborn domestic violence homicide statistic has a chilling twist

centralmaine.com, December 31, 2014 http://www.centralma ... ing-twist/

There were only 20 murders in Maine in 2014, but 13 were domestic violence and more than half of them were children.

Where the lakes are concerned, the enemy is us

centralmaine.com, April 30, 2014 http://www.centralma ... my_is_us_/

The damage we do to Maine's lakes hurts more than just the flora and fauna, and a group of activists is hoping to change the course.

Fiction and real life: Moose massacre fascinates

centralmaine.com, July 17, 2013 http://www.centralma ... ascinates/

The real-life 1999 Soldiertown moose massacre was the inspiration for mystery writer Paul Doiron's latest book, but the real story is just as riveting.

Pretty? You know it when you see it.

centralmaine.com, October 17, 2012 http://www.centralma ... 012-10-17/

When Down East magazine released it's list of Maine's 10 prettiest villages, and they were all east of Route 1, we knew they were missing something. A look at central Maine's 10 prettiest villages.

Blog posts

For thirty years I was that kid on the roof: goodbye journalism

maureenmilliken.com, October 6, 2016 http://www.maureenmi ... ournalism/

I never lost sight of what it was all about in my 30-plus years as a journalist.

Writers: Make audio one of the tools in the marketing chest

mainecrimewriters.com, October 4, 2016 http://mainecrimewri ... ting-chest

Authors, no matter how good the book deal, have to be their own best marketers. One overlooked tool is producing an audio book. A pitch to technology-wary writers to give audio a chance.

Do I outline? No. Know the end? Not really. Writing!

maureenmilliken.com, June 12, 2016 http://www.maureenmi ... y-writing/

A question from a friend teaching writing in Kenya forces me to take a look at the process. And it's not pretty.

Writing a mystery novel? Never discount the value of a good conversation

mainecrimewriters.org, July 25, 2015 http://mainecrimewri ... nversation

There's no research like actually sitting down and talking with someone, as I learned when working on my first two mystery novels.

Novels

Cold Hard News

S&H Publishing, June 2015 http://maureenmilliken.com

When the snow starts to melt, a small Maine town’s secrets begin to emerge…

No News is Bad News

S&H Publishing, June 2016 http://maureenmilliken.com

A grisly discovery in the woods of Redimere, Maine, resurrects Police Chief Pete Novotny’s old case of a missing boy—just one of the ghosts that haunts the town in the seond of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series. As Pete struggles with demons both old and new, newspaper editor Bernadette “Bernie” O’Dea

Nonfiction books

Get it Right: A cranky editor's tips on grammar, usage, punctuation and writing

self-published, June 11, 2013 http://maureenmilliken.com

Is it who's or whose? What's the difference between an em dash and a hyphen? And why does the phrase "gone missing" drive some editors nuts? One of the greatest gifts we’re given as humans is the ability to express ourselves. On top of it, we’re lucky enough to live in the digital age, when the abil

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The Afterlife Survey

Adams Media, December 2011 http://www.adamsmediastore.com/

Is there life after death? It depends on who you ask...It happens to all of us, yet...what happens when we die? Are we reincarnated? Do we go to heaven? Is death the end of everything? Or do our souls pass on to another life? Do we even have souls? These are the questions humans have wrestled with s