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July 18, 2012 by msashtonwriter

Criminal Lines

“I keep forgetting that you’re famous,” a friend recently said.

 “I’m not,” I told her after I finished snort-laughing. “My clients are.”

(Of course I wasn’t mobbed by screaming fans. That rarely happens – and then, only when I’m mistaken for someone else. The incident that occasioned this comment was me remarking that I don’t post current pictures of my family online. Fame has nothing to do with it. It’s a matter of valuing my privacy. But I digress…)

I got my first book deal by nearly killing someone. Though that book project led to several others, manufacturing near-death experiences are still not a method I would recommend to writers trying to break into the industry.

I had a horse who was…difficult. I grew up riding and training horses for a professional breeding facility. I have trained hundreds of horses. This one, however, kicked my butt.

Dyfed had…

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