Cut Crop and Die Archives - Joanna Campbell Slan

Taking Criticism (Kate, Are You There?)

I never, ever wanted to watch Dancing with the Stars (DWTS), but now I’m hooked. My reason for not wanting to be a viewer is simple: I love to dance. Therefore, watching other people having a good time is like…torture. I spend every minute wishing I was dancing along!(Check out the dancing scene in Cut, […]

What's New in My Life?

It’s certainly been a year to remember. In May, Paper, Scissors, Death was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. The list of novelists over the years who have been nominated include Mary Higgins Clarke, Jan Burke, and Janet Evanovich. I mean, really, how could you be in better company? Cut, Crop & […]

Queenie D's Review of Cut, Crop & Die

It’s not often you get reviewed by royalty. Queenie D gives her take on Cut, Crop & Die here Here’s an interview we did together: I must admit, I shared a lot more about my characters with Queenie than I have in the past. I’m curious to hear what my fans think about […]

70 Library Holds on Cut, Crop & Die

That’s me and Marsha Ramey, from Sachs Library here in Chesterfield. Marsha was kind enough to set up a meeting with her book club, a lovely group of ladies. Here’s an email from an attendee: > Joanna,> Thank you for your lively and informative talk with all of us at> Sach’s Library on Wednesday,the 15th […]

Tools for Overcoming Writer's Block

Last night I posted 15 essays on writing at These were originally monthly columns for an online magazine called “Graceful Bee,” but I’m now making them available for a short time for anyone who needs a gentle boost to get writing. Although written for scrapbookers, the ideas and concepts could inspire any writer. Often, […]

Sales of Cut, Crop and Die to Benefit Homeless Great Danes

Once again, MAGDRL (the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League) is teaming up with mystery author Joanna Campbell Slan for a special fundraiser. Joanna’s new mystery, “Cut, Crop & Die” features a rescue Harlequin Great Dane named Gracie and Joanna has agreed to donate 50% of the sales price to MAGDRL during this special promotion when […]

What Reviewers Are Saying About CUT, CROP & DIE

Here’s what will appear in the May 15 issue of Booklist: “Slan fulfills all the promise of her first novel (Paper, Scissors, Death, 2008) with this second entry in the Kiki Lowenstein scrapbooker series. Her writing is much more assured this time out, and the book is filled with characters who we care about.” Kirkus […]

It Could be Raining…(My BIG Plotting Secret)

Celebrating my fun interview with Jean Henry– –and my dinner tonight with my pal Mary Buckham, who is doing a book plotting weekend here in The Lou, I have decided to post my BIG plotting secret. Are you ready? It can always get worse. Yeah. See…that’s how life goes and that’s what can happen […]