Everyone writers meet advise them to “write what they know.” If writers did that, there wouldn’t be many books out there. As writers, we must go beyond what we know, but we must also base our writing on fact. Even fantasy writers must stay within the realm of believability. As a #mystery writer, I’m constantly […]
The Challenges and Fun of Writing a Murder Mystery
In this video Joan talks about the challenges and the fun of #writing a murder #mystery. Click To Tweet As a writer, you must first figure out what kind of mystery you’re gonna write. Believe it or not, there are lots of sub-genres to the mystery world. Once you make that decision, you can start […]
Crosswords and Mystery Readers?
Recently I ran across an article that links crossword players with mystery readers. This made me wonder if it were true. In a recent post I asked the question of mystery readers, do they try to solve the mystery as they read. In other words, do they become sleuths along with the actual detective or […]
Virtual Blog Tour–An Intimate Murder by Stacie Verdick Case
Today I’m hosting a fellow mystery writer. Stacie Verdick Case recently released An Intimate Murder. She is sharing some of her thoughts about mystery writing with us. When you write mysteries, the biggest challenge an author faces is leaving the reader wanting more. I don’t just mean at the end of a book but at […]
Spotlight on Mystery Writer Patricia Gligor
Today I’m excited to welcome the mystery writer, Patricia Gligor to our blog. She’s here to tell us about her journey as a writer as well as what and how she loves to write. We will also hear about her latest book in the Malone Mystery series, Desperate Deeds #patriciagligor #desperatedeeds Click To Tweet JC: Thank […]
How Do You Develop Your Characters?
Recently an interviewer asked me the question, “What’s your process in developing your characters?” Here’s my answer: When I start a story, I have a protagonist in mind. That person becomes my main character. I have a vague idea of who some supporting characters might be, but many pop up as the story progresses. As an […]