Writers Do Have Some Pretty Suspicious Internet Search Histories...

Writers Do Have Some Pretty Suspicious Internet Search History…

Writers Do Have Some Pretty Suspicious Internet Search History…   My internet search history has to have me on someone’s suspicious-people-to-watch list somewhere. As an author of a YA thriller, I’ve had to research some pretty unusual things. Sometimes they tend to be a little dark; hence, my concern about what the internet watchdogs think […]

Anatomy of a Suspense Novel

Anatomy of a Suspense Novel

Anatomy of a Suspense Novel I’ve been a doctor for more than twenty years now, but I can still remember my very first day of medical school. As I walked into the room, the smell of formaldehyde burned my eyes. A group of us stood around the table, organizing our tools and nervously chatting. Finally, […]

TOP TEN YA MYSTERIES

TOP TEN YA MYSTERIES

TOP TEN YA MYSTERIES   One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Five teenagers with little or nothing in common are forced to serve detention together after school, but only four of them survive the experience. It’s a brilliant set-up—The Breakfast Club with a murderous twist—and you quickly find yourself in the awkward […]

TOP TEN TEEN MOVIES

TOP TEN TEEN MOVIES   When I was growing up, the stories I enjoyed about other teenagers came to me via movies. Like YA fiction, they featured protagonists for whom everything is new and vivid, feelings are intense, and the world is full of possibility. It’s easy to see why these teen stories, whether on […]

Agatha Christie Books That Would Make Great YA Retellings

Agatha Christie Books That Would Make Great YA Retellings

Agatha Christie Books That Would Make Great YA Retellings   Agatha Christie and young adult novels don’t necessarily make an intuitive pairing. Christie’s cozy, genteel mystery style doesn’t mesh with the gritty realism of today’s market; her books are filled with village parishes, nosy old ladies, “charred scrap of paper in the fireplace” clues, gardening, […]

The Horror of it...The Top Death Scenes in Fiction

The Horror of it…The Top Death Scenes in Fiction

The Horror of it…The Top Death Scenes in Fiction SPOILER WARNING: This post contains spoilers for A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay, The Troop by Nick Cutter, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Hannibal by Thomas Harris, A New Fear by RL Stine, In the Forest Dark and Deep by Carrie […]

DVD Review– Zootopia

DVD Review– Zootopia

DVD Review– Zootopia   The children’s mystery genre is sadly under-explored, with very few decent movies revolving around crimes. Of course, children’s entertainment shouldn’t center around murder, rape, and other violent atrocities, but properly designed, relatively wholesome puzzles are great for developing young minds.   Disney’s recent hit Zootopia is an enjoyable crime comedy for […]

FIVE SCARY CHILDREN IN FICTION

FIVE SCARY CHILDREN IN FICTION

    Scary children don’t always have to draw blood. They can send shivers down your spine. They might make you question your own morals. They are manipulative. Or they terrify you because they are so naive and you fear for the consequences. Here’s my list of children who have sent goose bumps through me […]

TOP TEN MONSTROUS PROTAGONISTS

TOP TEN MONSTROUS PROTAGONISTS

TOP TEN MONSTROUS PROTAGONISTS I love protagonists who have a bit of monster in them, be it a literal demon or darker impulses they have to deal with on a daily basis. These ten monstrous protagonists show us what it means to be human and highlight the key role that those we love can play […]

How Magic, Fantasy, and Mysteries Intersect...

How Magic, Fantasy, and Mysteries Intersect…

  How Magic, Fantasy, and Mysteries Intersect… Growing up, I read several genres from fantasy, magic, and myteries. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander and Brian Jacques’s Redwall series were some of my fantasy staples. Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn was a gateway story into the sprawling World War II narrative. […]

Desperately Seeking Nancy Drew

Desperately Seeking Nancy Drew

Desperately Seeking Nancy Drew   I’m a collector at heart, something that has caused me no small amount of trouble when it comes to books. I started young, maniacally memorizing the order of the Black Stallion series, double-checking that my many-colored Goosebumps books were in the right order, and constantly comparing the facial expressions of […]