crimes and Miss Demeanors

If you're not familiar with Miss Demeanors, it's a fabulous site chock-full of writing advice. Their own description of the site is delightful: "a group of mystery and suspense writers who -- when not killing off characters -- let their better angels share tidbits about writing, reading and research." (If you've read GIRL IN DISGUISE, you'll know why "better angels" especially made me smile.)

I'm honored to have a guest post up on the site about my process for turning a real-life historical detective into the lead character in a detective novel. Click here to read it.

traveling without traveling this summer

Love this idea from BookPage -- "historical fiction for your staycation." As all readers know, good books help you go places without leaving your favorite chair! And of course I'm thrilled that GIRL IN DISGUISE is included as a recommended way to travel to 1850s Chicago.

Plus, the writeup is stellar. "Greer Macallister’s take on the life of Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective, is a rollicking good time as well as an inspiring portrait of a forgotten American hero." 

Here's the map for getting away without a getaway.

Summer Reading List at Bas Bleu...

For most of my teenage years, my mother and I would pass the Bas Bleu catalog back and forth, circling gift ideas for Christmas and birthdays -- for ourselves and each other. I was delighted to call her two years ago when my Sourcebooks sales contact told me that Bas Bleu would carry my first novel, THE MAGICIAN'S LIE, in their catalog.

I was even more delighted to call her today to tell her that not only is GIRL IN DISGUISE in the catalog this time around, it's one of just 12 Summer Reading List selections. Merci, Bas Bleu!

thanks, Chicago!

Just a super-quick post today: delighted that GIRL IN DISGUISE made the Chicago Public Library's list of June 2017 staff picks. Kate did some of her best work in Chicago, so it's simply perfect to have her story get some recognition there.

"Fans of 2015’s Girl Waits with Gun will devour this fast-paced combination of historical fiction and mystery, with a side of romance." Love it!

Get the full list of picks here.


get your #prefridayreads recommendations

If you're an avid reader and you also happen to be on Twitter or Facebook, you're probably familiar with #fridayreads. It's a handy hashtag to let people know what you're reading, and you can take a look at it to find out what other people are reading and get new recs for yourself.

The Tall Poppy Writers have taken it a step further with their #prefridayreads recommendations, so you can get a jump on getting a jump on the weekend. Fun!

(And I'm so honored that the lovely and talented author Nicole Baart picked GIRL IN DISGUISE as her recommendation!)

Get your reading recs here.


I've started a little Instagram project and am excited to see how many people I can get to join in. (You can also follow along on Facebook or Twitter, for non-'grammers!)

Every day between Memorial Day and Independence Day, I'm spotlighting an independent bookstore I love, with the hashtag #independentseveryday. Today's store, the first, is one I've loved for a long time -- Prairie Lights in Iowa City.

Been there, read there, bought the mug!


two months of Kate!

Well, GIRL IN DISGUISE has passed the two-month mark, and at the same time, it also hit 200 reviews and 600 ratings on Goodreads! Nice when these milestones cluster together!

A huge thanks to everyone who has read, shared, praised, discussed, and/or bought the book in these early days. It makes a world of difference, honestly.

If you haven't rated the book on Goodreads, you can do that right here.

Also, you don't have to buy the book from Amazon to give it a review there, so please consider that option as well!

Thank you, thank you, and again thank you. Writers have nothing to do without readers.

new interview at Spine Magazine

I love good book cover design, so it should be no surprise to hear that I love Spine, a magazine that focuses on book covers. They also interview writers about their process and practice -- of course I was tickled when they asked to interview me.

Here I am talking about my real life (so boring I can't write about it), my writing process (sloppy as all get out), and my next book (click on the article, won't you?)

The Greer Macallister interview at Spine.

follow me on BookBub!

I'm generally reading at least three books at once: one paper, one audio, and one e-book. I get a lot of my e-books from BookBub, and if you do too, here's a way to make sure you'll never miss a deal on a Greer Macallister e-book: "follow" me there.

Here's where you do the clicking/following thing.

My current e-book is for research, but here's what else I'm reading right now: CELINE by Peter Heller (we're on a panel together at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 20) and THE BOOK OF SUMMER by Michelle Gable (it just came out today!)

Read on!

how I became a detective

Writing fiction takes you in many directions. For my first novel THE MAGICIAN'S LIE I got to explore the world of stage magic, and how novelists are illusionists who work in words. For GIRL IN DISGUISE, about the first woman in the US to become a detective, I got to explore the similarities being being a detective and being a writer.

Here's an article about that process -- it's also a nice introduction to Kate Warne and how the story I tell about her in GIRL relates to the historical record... what there is of it.



THE MAGICIAN'S LIE movie news!

Ooh, this is just too exciting. Tucked snugly into this Deadline article about the new production and development head at Freckle Films is the name of the screenwriter who's working on the film adaptation of THE MAGICIAN'S LIE! I love this stuff. The movie is a far cry from being in theaters quite yet, but this is an encouraging sign.

Read the update in Deadline here.

(And the adaptation of my friend Camille Pagan's novel LIFE AND OTHER NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES has a screenwriter AND a director! So awesome!)


two great deals for your e-reader!

Happy Friday -- celebrate with a double deal! THE MAGICIAN'S LIE is on BookBub today, so you can buy the e-book on any e-reader platform for only $1.99.

Grab that here!

And if you're a Kindle person, looks like GIRL IN DISGUISE is down from $10 to $5.99 -- not a bad deal, and I don't know how long it'll last!

Click here for that deal!

Already got both books? If you enjoyed one or the other or both, please spread the word and tell your friends about the discount -- the more the merrier!