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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Modern Crime Fiction: Cool Science or Hot Characters?

Guest Blogger: D.P. Lyle Over the past decade I’ve answered literally thousands of medical and forensic questions for fiction writers. I think last count was somewhere north of 6000. One of the questions I’m often asked is: How much do I need to know about forensic science? The short answer …

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Funny Search Engine Terms

To throw something a little fun into the mix, I decided to blog about the funniest, unique or most interesting search engine keywords/phrases that brought people to my site and to include others. Here’s what we discovered. From Jen Forbus at Jen’s Book Thoughts, a book blog that covers the world of …

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Writing is Never Routine

Guest Blogger: Norb Vonnegut Many people ask about my “writing routine.” I think they expect to hear stories about a cone of silence—about me shutting the door on sounds or emails or any one of the million distractions that conspire to make authors unproductive. Well, the truth is I like …

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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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True Fiction

Guest Blogger: Dennis Tafoya Here is a small sampling of where I’ve been spending my nights: The New Jersey Department of Corrections; The Uniform Crime Report of the FBI for 2010 (The good news, violent crime is down); Bersa Firearms (who offer a .380 semi-automatic with pink grips to support …

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Call It What You Like

Guest Bogger: Christopher Golden I don’t worry about labels.  Never really have.  And I try to pass on that disregard for labels to my children.  Let’s face it, we put people into categories in our minds and sometimes we even speak those labels aloud.  In school, it’s done by students …

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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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Editing Techniques

Guest Blogger: Lincoln Crisler I play G.I. Joe for a living and write scary stuff in my spare time. Janice has been good enough to let me climb aboard and share a bit of my magic with you and suggested my editing techniques as a possible topic of interest. This …

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