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Guns, Knives, & Lipstick

Guns, Knives, & Lipstick

By Guns, Knives & Lipstick
Four female crime fiction authors explore the delights, disasters, and demands of the publishing journey.

Fun and fabulous conversation from four gifted crime fiction authors as they compare notes about topics such as weapons of choice, authentic and well-developed characters, dated stereotypes, and more! Join them for a behind-the-scenes look at the joys, frustrations, struggles, and often hilarious events that happen on the pathway to publication.
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S2:E4: Author Hot Seat with Daniella Bernett
Kerry, Malloy, Cindy, and Liz talk to Daniella Bernett, author of the Emmeline Kirby/Gregory Langdon mystery series
September 27, 2022
S2E3: Author Hot Seat with Gabriel Valjean
Fellow Level Best Author Gabriel Valjan, author of the Shane Cleary Mysteries and others, joins us on the hot seat.
August 30, 2022
S2E2: Author Hot Seat with Bruce Robert Coffin
Bruce Robert Coffin, award-winning author of the Detective Byron mysteries, stops by for a chat.
July 26, 2022
S2E1: Author Hot Seat with Kat Fast
Mally, Cindy, Kerry, and Liz chat with Kat Fast, author of The Drinking Gourd.
June 28, 2022
S1E12: Lessons Learned
Mally, Kerry, Cindy, and Liz think back over the last year, what they’ve learned, and what they’d like to change moving forward.
June 01, 2022
S1E11: Research - it ain't just for school
Mally, Kerry, Cindy, and Liz talk about the research that goes into their stories, how they do it, and the wackiest things they've discovered. #lizmilliron #mallybecker #kerryperesta #cltolbert #crimefiction #mystery #thriller #suspense
May 04, 2022
S1E10: The Beauty of the Red Herring
Mally, Liz, Cindy, and Kerry sit down with USA Today bestselling author Annette Dashofy to discuss red herrings - why they are important and how to make them as delicious as possible. #crimefiction #mystery #suspense #thriller
March 30, 2022
S1E9: How to Create a Villain
Mallie, Kerry, Cindy, and Liz talk about the all-important villain - and tips, tricks, techniques for creating great ones.
February 22, 2022
S1E8: The Wonderful World of Poison
Kerry, Cindy, Mally, and Liz chat with Poison Lady Luci Zaharay.
January 31, 2022
S1E7: Holiday Madness
The holidays bring a little chaos to everyone’s schedule, but especially if you’r a writer - or any kind of creative. Mally, Kerry, Cindy, and Liz talk about the madness and how they adjust to the holiday demands.
December 28, 2021
S1E6: Holiday Gift List
Kerry, Cindy, Mally, and Liz talk about the books that have them excited this holiday season The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Buy at Amazon Whisper by Mark Batterson Buy at Amazon The Gift by Louise Jensen Buy at Amazon The Secret Life of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz The Hollywood Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal The Shadows of Men by Abir Mukherjee Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day A Gingerbread House by Catriona MacPherson Never Try to Catch a Falling Knife by Skye Alexander Buy at Amazon Her Name is Knight by Yasmin Angoe All Her Little Secrets by Wanda Morris Agatha Christie's Special Edition Hardbacks from HarperCollins Women Crime Writers Collection - edited by Sara Weinman Vintage Penguin Buy here and here on Etsy A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote Buy at Amazon
November 30, 2021
S1E5: The Suspense is Killing Us
Kerry, Cindy, Mally, and Liz dish about suspense: what it’s is, how to build it, and how to kill it deader than a door nail. #kerryperesta #mallybecker #cltobert #lizmilliron #crimefiction #mystery #suspense #historicalmystery
November 02, 2021
S1E4: A Series-ous Conversation
Harriette Sackler, one of the publishers and editors of Level Best Books, joins us for a conversation about series - what she looks for when acquiring and what really makes a series stand out.
September 28, 2021
S1E3: You never forget your first
This month on Guns, Knives & Lipstick, we discuss the all-important first of a novel - lines, paragraphs, and chapters. And we share some of our favorite firsts in literature. #mystery #thriller #suspense #crimefiction #lizmilliron #kerryperesta #mallybecker #cltolbert
August 31, 2021
S1E2: How would you like your murder?
Murder is everywhere in crime fiction. But what method do we want to use? What we you hate? What will we never do again? Listen in to hear about our favorite ways to commit murder - fictionally, of course. #books #crimefiction #mystery #thriller #kerryperesta #cltolbert #mallybecker #lizmilliron 
July 27, 2021
S1E1: Oh those female characters!
Those poor female characters. We ask a lot of them, don’t we? All those positive attributes, plus they have to be likable. Or do they? #mystery #crimefiction #gunskniveslipstick #kerryperesta #cltolbert #mallybecker #lizmilliron #suspense #thriller
June 29, 2021
Guns, Knives & Lipstick trailer
Introducing Guns, Knives, and Lipstick! This monthly podcast featuring authors Kerry Peresta (http://Kerry, Mally Becker (, C.L. Tolbert ( and Liz Milliron ( will feature candid conversations about the joys, frustrations, struggles, and often hilarious events that happen on the pathway to publication. Don’t forget your lipstick!
June 12, 2021