Writing Powerful and Evocative Settings

Guest Blogger: Allison Brennan Tonight, I’m touring famous Los Angeles crime scenes with none other than James Ellroy. The talented and intriguing Ellroy has a new show with the Discovery Channel called L.A.: City of Demons that premieres January 19. I was thrilled to be invited on a bus tour …

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Guest Blogger: Wendy Corsi Staub Christmas was, in my small-town childhood, everything it’s supposed to be. It was a Hallmark flurry of family, friends, Santa, church, parties, lights and decorations, sledding and skating, giving and receiving gifts, baking cookies, volunteering our time and giving to charity, watching annual TV specials …

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Ready – Set – Action!

Guest Blogger: Karen Dionne I love action. Not in real life. In real life, I’m a writer, which means I spend 90% of my day sitting in front of my computer. Oh, once in a while I get up, stretch a little, put on my shoes, and walk out to …

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Operation Thriller USO Tour

I felt honored when I was recently approached by the International Thriller Writers to write a summary of the Operation Thriller USO Tour. Here’s a link to the article. This was the first author tour in the USO’s 69-year history. As I virtually experienced the tour through the pieces the …

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Best of Bouchercon

I hit up a bunch of authors and other publishing professionals who attended Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, for a bit of writing wisdom they took away from the con. Here’s what they had to say: BRAD PARKS—If you’re going to take writing advice from anyone, might as well be Michael Connelly—I …

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The Fascination With Good Vs Evil in Storytelling

WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil

For WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE, we interviewed tons of experts aboutthe struggle of good vs evil in film, comics, pop culture, world myth, literature, and the real world. Here’s what some of them have to say about why people are so fascinated with storytelling about good vs evil? DOUG SCHOONER—People …

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Rooting for the Monster

Guest Blogger: Sophie Littlefield Thanks for having me, Janice! I am so intrigued by the work you and  Jonathan Maberry do in your book (WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE), where you examine the age-old good versus evil theme in fiction. I’ve thought a lot about the concept of evil in monsters. …

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She’s such a character!

Guest Blogger:  Alan Jacobson Nearly every interview I’ve done the past three years has included at least this question: you’re a guy and your main character’s a female. (Then the question takes on various iterations.) What the heck? Why? What were you thinking? (Or my favorite:) How do you do …

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Where Do I Write?

Guest Blogger: Bekka Black Thanks, Janice, for giving me a place to talk about writing on the week that my latest novel, iDrakula, is released from the coffin and into the world. Coffins would be a tough place to write. No light. When I write, I do need light. And …

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Picking Favorites

Guest Blogger: J.T. Ellison At nearly every event I do, someone asks me which book in my Taylor Jackson series is my favorite. That question is nigh on impossible to answer, because you’re always in love with the book you just finished, because its done, and you’re always in love …

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