Okay, so the body has been found, a murder has been committed and the police have been called. Now what? I put together a sequence of events for the procedure after a dead body is discovered. 1. The body is pronounced dead at the crime scene (or in the hospital, if they believe the body isn’t brain dead yet) by the appropriate authority, usually by a physician, but it can also be a nurse or a paramedic. […]Read More
Within the logical scene sequence of a mystery novel, a murder is discovered, the sleuth arrives on scene to investigate and then the murderer’s identity is revealed at the end. But behind the scene (both figuratively and literally) the criminal has been there since the beginning. Unseen by both the sleuth and the reader, the criminal is actually driving the story.
That’s a pretty heft role for your Antagonist to shoulder. And if you’re going to write a really good mystery, you better have a really good bad guy.Read More
The amateur sleuth is my favorite and, as a mystery author, I love coming up with all kinds of ways to plunge my ordinary, every-day hero into the throws of a murder investigation. Here are a few ideas I’ve come across over the years to instigate that involvement.Read More
Check out this cool blogging challenge. Nearly 2,000 bloggers have signed-up to participate in April 2014. This is a great opportunity to get exposure for your website and connect to other writers and bloggers.Read More
I put together a quick clip to promote ‘The Designated Survivor.’ It’s uploaded on YouTube, GoodReads and Amazon.Read More
I’ve heard a lot of buzz lately about creating an Author Platform. Professional writers need it; agents and publishers expect it. But what exactly is it?Read More
The book review for ‘Prey of Desire’ has been posted to YouTube. Check it out and comment!Read More
A murder mystery is a tightly layered, often complicated plot — but it can’t read that way. The mystery has to unfold scene by scene, leading the reader from suspect to suspect, motive to motive.
So how do you create viable suspects while planting clues to the real murderer throughout the plot?Read More
Over the weekend, I was searching the net for character ideas, and was hoping to pattern an under-developed heroine around the personality of an established celebrity. That’s when I came across this interesting quiz on a blog titled “What Madonna Are You?”
I was surprised to find so many interesting personality profiles attached to one person.Read More