Home.About Me.FAQs.Books.Notebook.Contact Me.

© 2007  Emma Cole

Made by Serif

As a former museum curator, I know how much effort it takes to keep history alive so we never forget where we came from. The Camp X Historical Society works every day to preserve and promote what the women and men like Amelia and Deacon experienced during the war.

* * *

A favourite new web site to visit is this one, newly created by fellow Mary Stewart fans. Drop by and take a look.


* * *


One of  my favourite series characters would have to be Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason. I always liked his sharp intelligence, and how he could manipulate the legal process without sacrificing justice.


* * *


Strickland Gillilan’s poem The Reading Mother always makes me think of my mother, and the wonderful worlds to which she introduced me.


* * *

On the subject of spies...

Daniel Craig’s obvious assets notwithstanding, my favourite Bond remains, hands down, Sean Connery.  Visit the Web site he shares with his talented wife at www.seanconnery.com.


* * *

Kate’s favourite city is London, England.  So, coincidentally, is mine.  One of my favourite traditions when visiting London?  Walking the Embankment in the early evening by Westminster bridge, to watch the lights come on along the Thames.

Grandma Murray’s Bloody Caesar...

Rim a tall glass with lemon and dip in mixed salt and black pepper.  Drop in a few ice cubes, an ounce (or more) of vodka, a dash each of tabasco and Worcestershire sauces, then fill with Clamato® juice.  Garnish with celery and lemon.  Enjoy!

After Long Silence

Posted September 2, 2009


That was, by the way, the working title that I used while writing Every Secret Thing: After Long Silence, from the poem of the same name by W.B. Yeats. I even arranged for (and paid for) permission to use it, and that’s why the excerpt remains in the front of the book, since it still suits the story quite well. So it seems rather fitting that those lines should be turning round in my head once again, now that I’m getting close to the end of the next Kearsley novel and can finally think of getting back to being Emma Cole, however briefly.


My original plan, as you may recall, was to give my alter-ego equal time; to write a Kearsley book, and then a Cole one, then another Kearsley, but the fact is the thrillers appear to take longer to write, and after working on the sequel for however many months I’ve had to set it to the side twice now to deal with a new Kearsley book impatient to be written. When I left the sequel last time, I’d come roughly halfway through the story. Kate was in a taxi heading down the eastern coastline of the Greek isle of Lefkada. And I left her there.


A rotten thing to do, I know. And if she never spoke to me again I couldn’t blame her. That’s always been my fear, those rare occasions when I’ve stopped work on a story to write something else entirely – the fear that, when I do get back to working on the first book I’ll discover all the characters have given up on waiting for me and gone off, and taken my ideas with them, and I’ll never get them back.


So I was very much relieved this week, while lying in my bathtub (where I feel the most inspired) to hear Kate’s voice speaking up again, if faintly, and to glimpse a few small bits of scenes from Greece, as though she, too, is keen to get things moving.


Speech, as Yeats said, feels good after long silence.




The following entries are now archived.  Click on any one you want to read.


Location, Location...

Posted June 27, 2009


Deadlines Part II

Posted April 10, 2009



Posted March 16, 2009


I See Your Face Before Me

Posted February 01, 2009


Atticus was right.

Posted January 01, 2009


Some “Thing” to Consider

Posted November 27, 2008


Time and Chance

Posted October 22, 2008


What Happened Next...

Posted September 19, 2008


What You Give Me

Posted August 20, 2008


In My Own Words

Posted July 31, 2008


Never Complain...

Posted June 16, 2008


The Club

Posted May 6, 2008


Doing Murder

Posted March 31, 2008


Slow-Growing Crops

Posted February 13, 2008


To Be Continued...

Posted January 13, 2008


A Handful of Time

Posted December 22, 2007


The Best Laid Schemes

Posted October 30, 2007


Tell Me a Story

Posted September 24, 2007


Passing Judgement

Posted August 30, 2007


Keeping Secrets

Posted July 12, 2007


Reading and Writing

Posted June 24, 2007


Seeing Ghosts in Delphi

Posted May 21, 2007


The Isles of Greece...

Posted April 09, 2007


Erle Stanley Gardner

My bookshelves are full of old Perry Mason books because few writers, then or now, match Gardner’s skill in depicting American law and the ways an intelligent lawyer can bend it to best serve his clients. Here’s his Wikipedia page.


Catherine Gaskin

Her thriller The File on Devlin is another of my treasured reads, and one I love to pass along to others. There isn’t much about her on the internet as yet, but the site Fantastic Fiction does have a brief biography, and shows some of her books. They’re well worth hunting down.


Kurt Vonnegut

A talented, clever and principled man who was never afraid to point out that the emperor didn’t have clothes on. The ending of Player Piano is classic, and Cat’s Cradle changed my whole view of what fiction could be. Read this tribute to learn more about how he lived and what he wrote and why he’s a favourite of mine. So it goes.

Evelyn Anthony

The fact that she was one of the judges of the prize that launched my own career made the prize itself more precious to me, and the fact that I met her in person at the awards luncheon put me over the moon. Among her many thrillers, The Tamarind Seed remains my favourite, and her series that begins with The Defector, featuring Davina Graham, gave me inspiration to attempt a series of my own. Here’s an introduction to her life and work.


Agatha Christie

I think - I think - I’ve read them all, and likely own them, too. And unlike some critics, I think she had a rare gift for characterization. Her people are always very real to me, and some of her plots are beyond brilliant. I have so many favourites of her books, but The Hollow and Sleeping Murder probably lead the pack. Here’s one of many good web sites about her.


Anne Armstrong Thompson

Her Message from Absalom remains one of my all-time favourites. She also wrote The Swiss Legacy and The Romanov Ransom, wonderful thrillers with razor-sharp heroines. I’m still looking for a biography of her that I can link to, but don’t wait for that before reading her.


Mary Stewart

A true master. No one can make me get lost in a book like this woman. If you’ve never read her, try This Rough Magic or The Moonspinners for starters, and you’ll know why I’m so keen to take my characters to Greece.

To learn more about the woman and her work, click here.



A blog, to be a proper blog, needs to be updated every few days.  So this isn’t a blog.  It just looks like one.