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  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 […]


dvd review Gosnell: the trial of America's biggest serial killerDVD Review—Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

If you’re addicted to crime dramas, then you’ll want to check out Chris Chan’s DVD Review of Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.   “Message drama” is the bane of many television crime dramas.  Not to name names, but many TV shows routinely produce subpar episodes when they decide to address a hot-button issue.  […]


Writing Suspense like Alfred HitchcockWriting Suspense Like Alfred Hitchcock

  Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author, Tony Lee Moral, offers some advice for aspiring suspense writers as he breaks down a few key techniques for writing suspense like Alfred Hitchcock.        What suspense techniques did Hitchcock use that are applicable for fiction writers? Hitchcock gave the audience more information than the character to […]


damn the old tinderbox! by Matthew j. prigge book review Chris Chan true crimeThe Story of True Crime and Arson: Damn the Old Tinderbox! Book Review

Check out Chris Chan’s book review of a true crime category that is often overlooked by writers and historians: arson. Damn the Old Tinderbox!: Milwaukee’s Palace of the West and the Fire that Defined an Era by Matthew J. Prigge is the missing piece that fans of true crime will need to check out this summer.    […]


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