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

Writers Do Have Some Pretty Suspicious Internet Search Histories…   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 […]


FROM JACK REACHER TO SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ENDURING POWER OF PREQUELSFROM JACK REACHER TO SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ENDURING POWER OF PREQUELS

  FROM JACK REACHER TO SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ENDURING POWER OF PREQUELS “LET’S START AT THE VERY BEGINNING” Those of you humming the song that begins with the title of this piece will likely know the next line is “A very good place to start…” but, for us authors, that’s usually not true. Think about […]


DVD Review– Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe: The Complete Series and Nero Wolfe (Italian language series)DVD Review– Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe: The Complete Series and Nero Wolfe (Italian language series)

DVD Review– Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe: The Complete Series and Nero Wolfe (Italian language series)   Alongside Perry Mason, Nero Wolfe is the foremost American fictional detective.  Created by Rex Stout, the Wolfe mysteries spanned four decades and have been continued by Robert Goldsborough.  Wolfe is larger than life due to his eccentricities.  Wolfe loves […]


Sisters in Literature: Wonderful companions or competitors with a tinge of arsenic?Sisters in Literature: Wonderful companions or competitors with a tinge of arsenic?

Sisters in Literature: Wonderful companions or competitors with a tinge of arsenic? The inspiration for this piece on sisters in literature has been brewing in me since I was six years old when my little sister Susan aged three, sadly died from pneumonia. I’ve avoided writing about it for years, and now looking at it […]


Rules for an Aspiring Techno-Thriller Writer

Rules for an Aspiring Techno-Thriller Writer: I’ve been asked several times for advice to a new techno-thriller writer. I started making a list, and it’s gotten a lot longer than I expected. These are all things I’ve learned since I got into the business. Some were as Tom Clancy’s co-author (apprentice); others were after I struck […]


Why Setting Must Be AntagonisticThe Necessity of an Antagonistic Setting

The Necessity of an Antagonistic Setting A trait of a bestselling writer is the ability to raise the stakes for the protagonist. A writer often turns to obvious means of adding stress, tension, and conflict through characterization, dialogue, plot twists, and emotive conflict. Those are powerful tools, but an antagonistic setting means shaky ground for […]


Exclusive Interview with Wilbur SmithAn Exclusive Interview with Wilbur Smith

An Exclusive Interview with Wilbur Smith Wilbur Smith is an acclaimed South African author who writes historical fiction about South Africa and its relations with the rest of the world. Your books have sold a collective 130 million copies worldwide. What is the secret to writing a book that readers from any culture can enjoy? […]


Writing Tip #1: Talk to Real People

Writing Tip #1: Talk to Real People As someone who has been writing police procedurals on the page and on the screen for more than thirty years, I take research for my books and TV shows very seriously. The absolute best way to draw your characters is to talk to real people about their stories. […]


BOOK OF THE WEEK: THE CHALK MAN By C.J. Tudor

BOOK OF THE WEEK: THE CHALK MAN By C.J. Tudor New York: Crown, 2018. $27.00 C.J. Tudor is something of a Renaissance woman. Before circumstances enabled her to write full-time, she dabbled in professions that included copywriter, television host, voice-over artist, and professional dog walker. Despite whatever creative inspirations may have come from those jobs, […]


REVIEW OF THE WEEK: SLEEP NO MORE:  Six Murderous Tales By P.D. James

REVIEW OF THE WEEK: SLEEP NO MORE:  Six Murderous Tales By P.D. James New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2017, $21.00 The venerable P.D. James died in 2014.  In 2016, The Mistletoe Murder and other stories (a total of four) was released.  Now there are these six unsettling tales of mischief, mayhem, and murder.  The stories […]


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