Thursday, July 31, 2014

Who Killed Sarah?

First Amazon Review of My Sister's Grave. So very pumped.

"The first part of the book is filled with intriguing historical flashbacks that add character development, authenticity, and important background information. The second part is rife with gripping, sharp-witted, and realistic legal proceedings. The end is pure adrenaline-pumping terror." #whokilledsarah


Robert Dugoni rallies the writers at the PNWA conference, and leaves me something to smile about. @pnwa Robert Dugoni

In a stirring moment from Lord of the Rings, Aragorn, played by Viggo Mortensen 

Always love to deliver this speech.  Yes, I'm a middle child and seek attention, but can't tell you how many people have emailed me and asked me for this speech to post on their refrigerators, computers etcetera to inspire them. I've copied the speech below as well. 

Really, it is about writing, every day if possible, but as much as you can. Writers write. We have to put our butts in the chair when the weather outside is 85 and clear (as it is in Seattle today) and when the snow is calling us to the slopes. It is a profession, not a job and I feel blessed to be a part of it. If this inspires people, all the better.


Hold your ground.
Hold your ground Sons and daughters of Seattle, my Brothers and Sisters.
I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.
The day may come when the courage of writers fails
But it is not this day.
The day may come when Agents forsake us
And Editors break all bonds of fellowship
But it is not this day!
The hour of merging publishers and shrinking advances may bring the Age of the Writer crashing down
But it is not this day!
This day we Write!
For all those stories and characters we hold dear in our hearts.
I bid you Writers of Seattle to stand with me now and swear a blood oath that ...
On this day!  
This day we Write!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Oh Canada!

So, I'm in Tofino for the very first time. Beautiful place and all I keep thinking about is what mystery could I write here? A boat goes out and doesn't come back? Boat goes out but not everyone comes back? Would the Canadian Mounties get involved or do these little towns have their own police force? The mind of a writer never rests. We're a strange fraternity. What story do you see in this picture?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

See you at PNWA

Here's my schedule for the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association. Teaching Friday and Sunday. Signing Saturday night. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Check out my blog channel. I'm posting clips from best selling authors on what it takes to be successful.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Looking forward to the 2014 PNWA Conference!

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON If you can't make it to New York, come to the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association Conference July 17-20. I'm teaching multiple times, including a two hour session on Sunday, "This Day We Write!"

Here's the link:  Okay, that's it for now. I hope to see or hear from you soon!

-Robert Dugoni

Thrillerfest 2014!

New York, New York I'm heading off to the Metropolis tomorrow for Thrillerfest 2014. Hard to believe another year has come and gone. Check out the schedule and if you're in Manhattan, come find me and tell me who said "Fill your hands you son of a bitch" and in what movie. First five people win an advanced reading copy of "My Sister's Grave." I'll post the names of the winners on my website upon my return.

I'm Back!

So Sorry to have been away for so long. Seems like there is never enough time in a day. So, how do you like the new look of the blog? I'm reworking everything. So what's up? MY SISTER'S GRAVE My newest, My Sister's Grave, will be released November 1, but look for two surprise announcements in the upcoming months. Really cool stuff. Easiest way to be a part of the inside scoop and to get word of book giveaways is to join my newsletter at The website is being reworked also, just as soon as the art work is final for My Sister's Grave. So, what's the story about? It's the start of a new series and people at the publishing house and first readers are really excited.

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to see real justice done, she became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers. When Sarah’s remains are at last uncovered near their hometown in the mountains of Washington State, Crosswhite is determined to get the answers she’s been searching for. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.