Unlikely Friends

Guest Blogger: Lisa Unger A long time ago I stopped thinking of characters as creations of my imagination, and started to understand that they are more like people who I’ve met along my colorful, complicated, ever-changing fictional journey. They come to me as they are, with their own names, personalities and …

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Open Letter to Readers

Guest Blogger: Lucienne Diver I’m doing a crazy-obsessive amount of promo…or, at least, guest blogs…for my new novel BAD BLOOD. Why? I love these characters.  I love this story.  I want people to buy a lot of e-books (and later print) so that I can justify continuing to spend so much …

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Guest Blogger: Gregg Hurwitz The most dreaded question for authors. Because the truth is…we don’t really know ourselves. I suppose it’s like asking anyone where they get their ideas. We mostly have no clue, right? They just sort of show up in our heads. So the where is impossible, methinks, …

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The Hardest Part

Guest Blogger: Jeff Abbott There are two questions every writer will get once their work is out in the world: how long does it take you to write a book, and where do you get your ideas? What makes me smile about those well-intentioned questions is that they seem to …

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Nick Heller’s Boston

Guest Blogger: Joseph Finder When the time came for me to create a series character, I knew right away that whoever that character might turn out to be, he’d have to be from Boston. Nick Heller, as he turned out, is, like me, an adopted son, rather than a native …

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Monsters Who Have Touched Our Hearts

For WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE, we interviewed tons of experts about the 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 which monsters in film or mythology touched their hearts. DOUG SCHOONER—King Kong …

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From Zombies to Bigfoot and Back Again

Guest Blogger: Eric S Brown Around ten years ago, I picked up the pen for the first time as a serious writer.  Back in those days, zombies weren’t the icon of pop culture they are today.  Zombies were a hard sale.  At one point, I was even banned from submitting …

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Overturning Convention

Guest Blogger: Joe McKinney Zombies are the monster world’s equivalent of a good pair of blue jeans: they go well with just about anything.  In recent years, they’ve gone up against everybody from the police and the military to superheroes, the cast of Star Wars, vampires and unicorns.  They’ve even …

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Write, Learn, Repeat

Guest Blogger: James Scott Bell Somewhere inside me lurks the shadow of Erle Stanley Gardner. Gardner, of course, wrote the Perry Mason series. He was at one time, right up into the 1960s, the world’s best-selling writer. It was a testimony to two things. First, his dogged determination. He wrote …

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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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