Behind the Pen with Lois Winston

Behind the Pen with Lois Winston

GetAttachmentThumbnail-3USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a former literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.



A Favorite Craft: a mop doll I made featuring covers from my first three Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries (these were the original covers from my former publisher.)



GetAttachmentThumbnail-4My Favorite Place to Go: I’m a true Broadway Baby. I’d rather be attending a play or musical than spending time just about anywhere else.



A Favorite Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Chambord CakeGetAttachmentThumbnail-5







Drop Dead Ornaments

GetAttachmentThumbnailAn Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 7

Anastasia Pollack’s son Alex is dating Sophie Lambert, the new kid in town. For their community service project, the high school seniors have chosen to raise money for the county food bank. Anastasia taps her craft industry contacts to donate materials for the students to make Christmas ornaments they’ll sell at the town’s annual Holiday Crafts Fair.

At the fair Anastasia meets Sophie’s father, Shane Lambert, who strikes her as a man with secrets. She also notices a woman eavesdropping on their conversation. Later that evening when the woman turns up dead, Sophie’s father is arrested for her murder.

Alex and Sophie beg Anastasia to find the real killer, but Anastasia has had her fill of dead bodies. She’s also not convinced of Shane’s innocence. Besides, she’s promised younger son Nick she’ll stop risking her life. But how can she say no to Alex?


Note: Other books can be found on my website and at Amazon. They include:


Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mini-Mysteries

Crewel Intentions

Mosaic Mayhem

Patchwork Peril

Crafty Crimes (all 3 novellas in one volume)


Empty Nest Mystery Series

Definitely Dead

Literally Dead


Romantic Suspense

Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception

Lost in Manhattan (writing as Emma Carlyle)

Someone to Watch Over Me (writing as Emma Carlyle)


Romance and Chick Lit

Talk Gertie to Me

Four Uncles and a Wedding (writing as Emma Carlyle)

Hooking Mr. Right (writing as Emma Carlyle)

Finding Hope (Writing as Emma Carlyle)


Novellas and Novelettes

Elementary, My Dear Gertie

Once Upon a Romance

Finding Mr. Right


Children’s Chapter Book

The Magic Paintbrush



Top Ten Reasons Your Novel is Rejected

House Unauthorized

Bake, Love, Write

We’d Rather Be Writing

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