August 27, 2017

There is little debate over the fact that crime fiction is the most popular genre with a female audience, and that over half of these novels are written by women who can be every bit as shocking in their graphic depiction of crimes as their male counterparts.

Just about...

April 9, 2017

Some of my favorite authors of mystery/romance/suspense/thriller/crime novels write about and/or live in foreign countries. Give me a novel, especially a series, located in the English or Scottish countryside, Quebec, Australia, or Sweden and I’ll read everything the a...

December 4, 2016

I got to wondering recently, if readers ever subconsciously associated the heroines/female main characters in novels, especially in mystery/thrillers, as being based on certain archetypical models. For that matter, I wonder if any writers deliberately base their female...

August 7, 2016

I think most writers and artists of any creative field would agree on this one. Very often we all get stuck groping for a word, the right phrase, or maybe we’ve just come up bone dry on ideas. The more we rack our brains to find the perfect solution to express what we...

June 5, 2016

The devil is in the details, so if your antagonist is diabolical it is still possible to create a semblance of sympathy for him in spite of his actions. Readers don’t necessarily have to like a character, but since we’re all human, surely there are a few redeeming qual...

April 17, 2016

In addition to book signings and social media, there is another method you can use to promote your book: the book trailer. Not only is it functional, but it’s also really cool to see your novel brought to life as a movie.

 

That being said, it does require a certain amou...