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DVD Review: Holmes and Watson

DVD Review: Holmes and Watson In these heavily politicized times, when families and friendships are sundered by differing opinions, and there seems to be no widespread agreement anywhere, people from all walks of life and ideologies are concurring on one point: the movie Holmes and Watson is dreadful.   But why?  What exactly about this […]


Ashley Dyer: best Serial Killers in Fact and Fiction

Ashley Dyer: best Serial Killers in Fact and Fiction Five of the best serial killer thrillers – Margaret Murphy, “write” arm of Ashley Dyer Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs must surely take pole position on any list of serial killer novels. Harris researched the background meticulously, including talking to FBI agents Robert Ressler and […]


The Care and Feeding of a MacGuffin

The Care and Feeding of a MacGuffin As far as anyone knows Alfred Hitchcock was the first to use the term “MacGuffin.” He said it was “[T]he device, the gimmick, if you will, or the papers the spies are after… The plans, documents or secrets must seem to be of vital importance to the characters. […]


fiction writing photoEight Great Books About Writing

  My 8 Favorite Books on Writing   Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain It was written all the way back in 1974, but this is my favorite book on the list. So much good advice in here, but the best is: Move a story along quickly by making sure you have two […]


The Truth About AuthorsReview: 3 Women 4 Towns 5 Bodies & Other Stories by Townsend Walker

3 Women 4 Towns 5 Bodies & Other Stories By Townsend Walker Deeds Publishing 2019 $18.95     Townsend Walker’s collection of short fiction, 3 Women 4 Towns 5 Bodies & Other Stories, is a compilation of tales reflecting numerous different women, their lives, their loves, their hates, their crimes, and their plotting. The title […]


The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received…

The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received… The best piece of advice I ever received as an author was: You have the power to change it. I’m going back a few years now, but it made me realize the words I’d sweated over, though possibly written in blood, weren’t cast in stone. I could reel […]


Author Interview J.S. Monroe The Last Thing She RemembersInterview with J.S. Monroe, author of The Last Thing She Remembers

As a part of our author interview series, The Strand Magazine had a chance to sit down with author J.S. Monroe and discuss his newest novel, The Last Thing She Remembers, his writing process, and his plans for his next thriller.      How long after writing Find Me did the idea for The Last Thing She Remembers start to […]


The Strand interview with J.S. Monroe, author of The Last Thing She Remembers

The Strand interview with J.S. Monroe, author of The Last Thing She Remembers    How long after writing Find Me did the idea for The Last Thing She Remembers start to make its way into your head?    Find Me was a new genre for me. Up until that point, I’d been writing spy thrillers and I wanted to […]


Top 7 Books with Family Secrets Jason AllenTop 7 Books with Family Secrets

    Secrets and dysfunctional families are the perfect ingredients for some of Jason Allen’s favorite novels. Read on to discover Allen’s favorite tension and conflicts that fuels the narratives in these Top 7 Books with Family Secrets.   Secrecy makes for a riveting story, and family secrets often inform the tension and energy of […]


Karin Slaughter Recommends

Karin Slaughter Recommends   THE FIVE: THE UNTOLD LIVES OF THE WOMEN KILLED BY JACK THE RIPPER by Hallie Rubenhold A fascinating focus on the women who were victimized first by society, then by a fiendish serial killer, then by a blood-thirsty media that glorified how they died instead of the way they were forced […]


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