Tag Archives: mystery

Encore Performance by Sally Carpenter

One of the nice things about publishing is the chance to do it all over again and better. Five years ago my first book, The Baffled Beatlemanic Caper, went out of print. That publisher has since closed its doors, so … Continue reading

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Hiding the killer in my subconscious by Paty Jager

Every mystery book I’ve written, I start out with the firm belief I know who the killer is. I start preparing for the book by deciding where the main character, Shandra Higheagle is, what she is doing, and how she … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger- Christoph Burmeister

The Poetic Murderer, and me — How the Book Came to Be Fear will learn to fear you. Last winter I got the news: Lionel Ross wanted to publish my first novel. I was overjoyed and humbled beyond my ability … Continue reading

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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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Mind Games and Murder

by Janis Patterson I wonder if all mystery writers are irretrievably warped? I spent last week at the Novelists’ Inc. (NINC) conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida. It was held at the luxurious TradeWinds resort, a place of which dreams … Continue reading

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Retro-dressing my characters

By Sally Carpenter One of the challenges of writers of historical mysteries is clothing their characters. As fashions change continually, authors must carefully research their time period for accuracy. My new cozy is set in 1967, a period that should … Continue reading

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The Body (Not the Dead Body) in Mystery Fiction

   Though body is the central element of all experience, it’s easy to take it for granted until it fails in some way. The flesh and bone and nerve that makes up a human are resilient and yet also shockingly … Continue reading

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