Marguerite Ashton


Marguerite Ashton is the founder of the popular blog Criminal Lines and Co-founder of the Crime Writers’ Panel. There, she works alongside Joe Giacalone with other panel members to educate writers on the importance of showing accurate portrayals of criminal investigations and law enforcement procedures in their novels.

Her radio show, Criminal Lines Radio airs bi-monthly, bringing together law enforcement and authors in an open forum.

A member of Sisters in Crime, Marguerite grew up in Colorado, but now resides in Wisconsin, where she is currently working on her next book.

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Marguerite Ashton's Books:

The Crossing Series

Burned Bridges
Raging Rivers - 2017

Lily Blanchette Crime Novels

Led by Lies - 2015
Inherited Lies - 2015

Smashwords Interview

How do you pronounce your name?!
My name is pronounced “mar-gyuh-reet” and it’s French.

I’ve heard many variations and every now and then I’ll hear the “Margarita,” drink joke.

The fun part is when the discussion about my name turns into a topic of its own.
When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing since 2000 as a hobby, but soon realized that I wanted more. I wanted my work to be read.

In 2009, I set out to hone my craft with the hope of writing an awesome story that would entertain my readers. It's my passion to be here for my readers.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Marguerite Ashton online

Where to buy in print


Burned Bridges (The Crossing)
Series: The Crossing, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 45,030. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Newly sober, Traci Collins is ready to enjoy the good life until a confrontation between her best friend, Olivia Durning, and her childhood tormentor turns deadly. Sealed by a shared bond Collins feels honor bound to conceal evidence until she receives a mysterious text and her family is threatened.

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