Ah, The Wonderful vices Crime Writers Indulge In

Ah, The Wonderful Vices Crime Writers Indulge In…

Ah, The Wonderful Vices Crime Writers Indulge In…   When you become a crime writer, even an aspiring one, there are a bunch of behaviors that are suddenly excused by your vocation that non-crime lovers might find… odd. Gone are the days that an entire weekend might be considered “wasted” lying on the couch letting […]

Top Ten Gifts to Give a Suspense Writer…

Top Ten Gifts to Give a Suspense Writer…

Top Ten Gifts to Give a Suspense Writer…   With Christmas approaching, let the angst begin. What should you get the mystery or suspense writer on your list? You know, the one who’s perpetually late because the voices in her head speak over the buzzing of the alarm. Or the one who has ink stains […]

Harper’s Sara Nelson on the Lifelong Pursuit of Learning

Harper’s Sara Nelson on the Lifelong Pursuit of Learning   “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,” William Butler Yeats once wrote. If Yeats is to be believed, then Sara Nelson is aflame in her position as executive editor at HarperCollins. The relatively new appointment comes after several […]

The Rules of Being a Professional Writer

The Rules of Being a Professional Writer

There are only two real rules to being a professional writer, and the rest of what I can offer are tips: things that work for me and may work for you. The real rules are simple. First, you must read. Second, you must write. Everyone who knows the alphabet thinks they can write, but reading […]

The Ten Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

The Ten Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

Even the best writers can learn from others tips and tricks and ideas for how to conquer the empty page. I love recommending my favorite writing books, singling out a specific title here and there depending on what the writer needs. Focus, editing, plot––there is something for every part of the process. I’m recommending these […]

self publishing tips

Self Publishing in Sweden?

Self Publishing in Sweden? Getting a publisher to take a chance on you and publish your work is often even tougher than writing a novel in the first place. Three years ago, Emelie Schepp got tired of waiting for the big publishing houses to get back to her on her manuscript so she decided to […]

Mysteries for all ten historical periods

Mysteries for all ten historical periods

Mysteries for all ten historical periods Does humanity, as travelers on the ship called Earth, steer the ship, or are we merely passengers? Classical Antiquity This term refers to a broad range of time. In terms of significance, it may be narrowed distinctly to the years 300-600 BCE. Like the bottom stones of the pyramids, […]

I Don’t Know How to Write a Book, yet I did!

  They say that all you need to write a book is a good idea. And I didn’t have one. It was June 2012 on a cold, crisp afternoon in the shaky isles of Middle Earth, or as I affectionately call it, New Zealand. I was huddled under a blanket on the couch staring blankly […]

Sir Peter Ustinov

Interview with Sir Peter Ustinov GO BACK TO INTERVIEWS PAGE Editor’s note: Peter Ustinov has been dead for almost ten years, yet his films will continue to entertain millions of fans around the world. This was the second interview I ever conducted and I has a bit nervous. Having an old, funny, and kind hearted […]

Interviews

Interviews The Strand Magazine publishes in-depth and exclusive interviews with some of today’s most renowned writers, actors, and producers. We have featured interviews with David Baldacci, Elizabeth George, Colin Dexter, Mary Higgins Clark, Dick Francis, Sue Grafton, Elmore Leonard, Tony Hillerman, Sir John Gielgud, Michael Bond, and David Suchet. Paul Giamatti —The star of Billions […]

The Recipe for a Great Short Story

The Recipe for a Great Short Story

The Recipe for a Great Short Story (Editor’s Note: John Floyd has written over a half dozen stories for the Strand. His stories are an editor’s dream, they are written cleanly, always have a twist, and contain so much in most of the time under 6,000 words. We’re proud that John has been nominated for […]