Here are a few places David A. Ryan visits online when he’s not writing. Or when he needs a break from writing.
Murder on the Beach: His favorite bookstore. It only carries mysteries and thrillers, and it also fosters a growing writing community in Florida.
Florida Writers Association: The motto is, “Writers helping writers,” and that’s exactly what members do. Its annual convention, held in the fall and usually in Orlando, is flourishing.
Mystery Writers of America: A lot of resources for writers, and it throws an annual convention called ThrillerFest.
Partners in Crime: This site belongs to former police officer Micki Browning, who now coaches up novelists (and non-fiction writers) about the ins and outs of police investigations. In other words, how to describe accurately about weapons, police procedures, etc.
Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide: Scott Joseph was a longtime restaurant and food critic for the Orlando Sentinel before launching his independent website. Orlando is considered a chain-restaurant town by many people around the country, but those are the people who only know the tourism parts of Central Florida. This is a great place to find hidden gems.
Truffles and Trifles: The owner, Marci Arthur, used to prepare meals for some powerful folks in Washington, D.C. Now she teaches people how to cook and enjoy food.
Diner’s Journal: A New York Times blog about food and restaurants. David really misses that extraordinary Times writer Mark Bittman has moved on to other ventures.
College Gridiron 365: This is a college football blog written by staffers of the Orlando Sentinel. If you like college football, this is a blog to keep you up on the news of the day. Matt Murschel is now the driving force behind it.