From Criminal Lawyer to Criminal Writer

From Criminal Lawyer to Criminal Writer By: Nadine Matheson I can always hear Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad in my head whenever someone asks me what I do for a living. ” You don’t want a criminal lawyer. You want a “criminal lawyer.” It makes me laugh but I can read the looks that spreads across […]

Dark Objects and Why True Crime Is Stranger than Fiction

DARK OBJECTS AND WHY TRUE CRIME IS STRANGER THAN FICTION By: Simon Toyne “Where do you get your ideas from?” is pretty much top of the list of questions I get asked at festivals and signings. It’s a question I usually dread because normally I have no idea, ideas just seem to form out of nothing […]

Top Ten Books About Actors

Top Ten Books About Actors By: Elly Griffiths What would you be if you weren’t a writer? I’m often asked this question and I always reply, rather smugly, that I’ve always wanted to write and completed my first book (still sadly unpublished) when I was eleven. But the truth is that I did have another […]

Poe’s Horror Trumps His Mystery

Poe’s Horror Trumps His Mystery By Jeffrey B. Burton I ordered a collection of horror stories by Edgar Allan Poe through Scholastic Books in fifth grade. Scholastic promised the tales of terror would scare the bejesus out of me. Unfortunately, I was too young for Poe at the time; however, later in junior high, I […]

On Friendship as a Source of Intrigue in Fiction

On Friendship as a Source of Intrigue in Fiction By: Alanna Schubach One of the more intriguing aspects of making a new friend, as a child, was going to their house for the first time. I remember it as a revelatory experience: finally I would see what had been hidden during our interactions in the […]

Interview with CHARLES LAMAR PHILLIPS

Interview with CHARLES LAMAR PHILLIPS by ANDREW GULLI     TSM: What inspired you to write Estranged? CLP: I was heading up publications for the Iowa Historical Society and doing research on an article for its bi-monthly popular history magazine, which I edited, and I ran across an article in one of the established academic journals […]

When Inspiration Strikes 

When Inspiration Strikes by Richard O’Rawe, author of Goering’s Gold: A Ructions O’Hare Novel I have a heart condition. So when my doctor advised me to go to the hospital to check out chest and stomach pains, I listened. My wife and I arrived at the triage centre of the local Accident and Emergency department […]

TO WRITE A GREAT STORY A WRITER MUST USE DRAMATIC DEVICES!

TO WRITE A GREAT STORY A WRITER MUST USE DRAMATIC DEVICES! The Seven Main Dramatic Techniques for You to Use   By Scott McConnell   Telling a good story is much more than just organizing a series of interesting chronological events. Skilled fiction writers use a variety of dramatic devices to make their stories much […]

The Anatomy of a Thriller

The Anatomy of a Thriller By Daco S. Auffenorde   Imagine waking up chained to a bed. A weight bears down on your body. Your brain’s interior crackles. Harsh, white lights blind you. A nightmare? No. You’re in a hospital. You’ve suffered a tremendous fall, a doctor says. It’s a miracle you’re not dead. “What’s […]

Phat Dog Vintage Library: 1000 Piece Foil Stamped Puzzle

A Life in Libraries

A Life in Libraries by Glenn Cooper Anyone who knows me well, knows that libraries are important in my life. My first exposure occurred when I was very young and my mother dragged me to a library where she was doing her dissertation work. I was given a book to occupy myself at a long […]

Co-Authoring is Worth Its Weight in Gold

Co-Authoring is Worth Its Weight in Gold   by Nicole Moleti, co-author of pen name Addison McKnight  Krista and I became co-authors by accident. We currently write together under the pen name Addison McKnight and we were both writing for publications and online sites for years when I had an amazing idea for a fiction […]