Tag Archives: mysteries

Understanding Your Characters

Part of what makes a great story is great characters. Any reader can tell you that. Writers talk about developing characters, fleshing them out, giving them back story, making them flawed and relatable. These are all vital steps in creating … Continue reading

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Flying High

by Janis Patterson The Husband is an avid rocketeer and even has a Level 1 High Power rating. That’s heavy, folks, and means he can send up huge rockets. So why am I talking about rockets on a mystery writing … Continue reading

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Hope and Despair

Tomorrow is the birthday of the fourth book in the Adam Kaminski Mystery Series! What She Fears goes live tomorrow, August 16, and that’s both exciting and nerve-wracking. Of course, I’m already hard at work on the next book. No … Continue reading

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What do Jessica Fletcher, Shania Twain, and Sarah Winnemucca have in common? by #Paty Jager

I was asked this question for a blog interview I did: Describe your protagonist as a mash-up of three famous people or characters. These are the people/characters I picked and the reasoning behind choosing them. The first is a character: … Continue reading

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Inside the modern jail

By Sally Carpenter This post first appeared some time ago on Writers Who Kill. The information is good for any writer who sets a story inside a modern jail. The picture of jails as long rows of cells with men clanging … Continue reading

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Where to Begin by Paty Jager

I’ve started researching and writing the sixth book in the Shandra Higheagle Mystery series, Reservation Revenge. I visited the Colville Reservation where Shandra’s family lives and wrote about the visit and the woman who lives on the reservation and helps … Continue reading

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Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries

The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries By Heather Haven I’d like to think the Alvarez Family Murder Mystery Series was a carefully thought out project, but I have a feeling it more or less evolved. When I started out, I knew … Continue reading

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