I need your opinion. From the tragic shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri (2014) to the deaths of five Dallas, Texas police officers (2016), racial tension remains mainstream discussion at every coffee shop, office watercooler, and news media outlet. But how many of us express a vested interest in how racial tension affects our daily lives? Continue reading “Racial Tension – Who’s Listening?”
Dr. Galbraith, a child psychologist in South Wales appears to the public at large to be a genuine advocate for children who suffer from personal and family tragedy. Quickly into the early portion of this narrated version of White is the Coldest Colour, Dr. Galbraith reveals a dark sadistic side focused on his obsession with Tony, a small child. Creepy maelstrom ensues when Galbraith’s desires Continue reading “Book Review – White is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl narrated by Jake Urry” →
Characters with Mental Illness
I write a lot about tough stuff. Even in my lighter work, I frequently have characters who are dealing with mental illness, addictions, or other physical maladies. It takes a lot of research and being able to put myself into someone else’s head and be able to successfully immerse the reader into the world of someone suffering from a disorder that they don’t have. Especially if I don’t have it either. Continue reading “Mental Illness in Writing by MTW Author PD Workman” →
I’ve read Maas, Engber, Sobieck, Donovan, Bell, Card, and countless other writing gurus. But, after I read Structure Your Novel by K.M. Weiland, I snatched up every instructional writing book this author has published. Creating Character Arcs is one more gem in my resource library of books on craft. This book makes little things like
To increase suspense in a scene where a dangerous person is about to do something nasty, slow down the pace and describe their hands. This is perfect for when the evil overlord signs the ord…
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I had the pleasure of turning page after page of Phillip T. Stephens’ Cigerets, Guns & Beer well into the wee hours of the morning just to discover what happened next to the quirky main character in this delightful Mystery.
Stephens’ protagonist named by his father as simply Dodd, no middle name and no discernible last name, is a lovable, if unlikely, hero who has recently been released from prison for committing a petty crime. He arrives in the opening scene with an intriguing background as a self-taught prison lawyer Continue reading “Book Review: Cigerets, Guns & Beer by MTW Author Phillip T. Stephens” →
A serial killer roamed, planned, preyed, and hunted for his next victim for decades. The Zodiac killer has never been identified, and scores of women in this country (and possibly abroad) have lived in fear for years. The True Crime story of the Zodiac serial killer you will read by Kimberly McGath recounts the horrific facts that permeated the California coastal air beginning with a twisted man’s fantasy of mega actress Annette Funicello. Continue reading “Book Review: Zodiac – Settling the Score by MTW Author Kimberly McGath” →
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One of my favorite things about writing the Bodies of Art Mysteries is the fast pace and the global settings. Though, just because my main character is an art recover expert that doesn’t mean all the action takes place in museums. My characters don’t need a gym membership because they’re on the run most of the time. For instance, a scene in the first book in the series, COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES, involved gunfire, London streets crowded with iconic double-decker buses, various-sized lorries (yep, we’d say trucks in the U.S., but lorry sounds much more Brit), and my characters escaping via a legendary black cab.
Until bullets shattered the windows.
To clarify, I’ve never had windows shot out of my cabs, but some crazy vehicle-related adventures have happened to me while visiting Jolly Old London-town. One event happened when we traveled there in spring 2008 with two 18-year-olds—who knew everything and constantly reminded us ‘oldsters’ we could just go off sightseeing and not worry about them. Fat chance.
Instead, tables got turned. Continue reading “How One Mystery Author Picks Settings – by MTW Author Ritter Ames” →