Reel Crimes, Real Crimes

Reel Crimes, Real Crimes “Have you reached a verdict?”“We have, Your Honor.”“Okay, cut.” The camera stops shooting at the director’s command, the jurors stretch and study the next scene, and the judge jumps up and heads for the craft service table for some candy. I was observing all of this from behind the camera and […]

Interview with Joyce Carol Oates

Interview with Joyce Carol Oates Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde (a finalist for the National Book Award and […]

Interview with Daniel Levine

Interview with Daniel Levine DANIEL LEVINE studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Brown University and received his MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Florida. He has taught composition and creative writing at high schools and universities, including the University of Florida, Montclair State University, and Metropolitan State College of Denver. Originally from […]

Black Horizon: Ripped from Tomorrow’s Headline

Black Horizon: Ripped from Tomorrow’s Headline The marketing folks who promote my novels like to say that “James Grippando’s books are ripped from headlines.” I disagree. Like many writers, I stay on top of current events, but I don’t retell the past. I look for trends and forces that are destined to collide in the […]

Nominees for the Critics Awards Announced

Nominees for the Critics Awards Announced The Strand Magazine has announced its nominees for the 2013 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Critics Awards were judged by a select group of book critics and journalists from news venues such as NPR, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Time, CNN and […]

Interview with John Banville

Interview with John Banville

Interview with John Banville TSM: You are always described as being highly critical of your work. Trying to bring back a giant in crime fiction is not an easy task, and you’ll always deal with those who act as if you’re committing blasphemy when that does happen. With all the great acclaim you’ve received for […]

This path isn’t for you: How to Persevere as an Author

This path isn’t for you: How to Persevere as an Author I was twenty years old when I presented my senior thesis to a room full of English majors and professors. Said thesis was a culmination of three years of creative writing efforts, fully informed by an obsession with the Romantics and Virginia Woolf, a […]

Interview with Greg Iles

Interview with Greg Iles TSM: First of all, I am so happy that we will see your name appearing on the bestseller lists again. Many of us were very concerned after your car accident. How are you doing?GI: I’m doing very well now. My injuries were extensive, the most serious being a torn aorta and […]

Pass the Salt: The Art of Blending Genres

Pass the Salt: The Art of Blending Genres My latest novel, We Are Here, is a thriller set in New York City. It’s about friendship and the role it plays in our lives; the plot revolves around interlocking series of events in which people come to believe that not only are they being stalked by […]

Reader Harmonics: The Mystery Behind Writing and Music

Reader Harmonics: The Mystery Behind Writing and Music   Strike a glass with a spoon, a bell with a clapper, an anvil with a hammer. Struck objects respond by setting up vibrations and creating sound. The sounds can be reproduced graphically in wave patterns shown to differ from sound to sound based on the frequency […]

The Ups and Downs of Indy Publishing

The Ups and Downs of Indy Publishing All this stuff keeps me up at night. Are our authors getting their writing done? Will they send their manuscripts to me in time? How much editing will they need? Are they all passed out drunk at the YMCA and unable to do anything for months? Now what […]

Writing Tip 101: Getting out of your comfort zone

Writing Tip 101: Getting out of your comfort zone I’ve been awake for hours, curled on a chair in the living room, watching the Christmas tree lights blink and fade like sleepy eyes in a cartoon forest. It isn’t always easy to know where the insomnia comes from—could be any number of things at the […]