Monthly Archives: May 2015

JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

Readers, writers and book publishers all know the importance of the book cover. It’s job is to attract attention; to stop the reader in their tracks long enough for them to want to dive in and read the first sentence. So … Continue reading

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WOMEN AND CRIME FICTION

A Sisters in Crime survey in 2010 found 68 per cent of thriller/mystery/crime readers were women. Another study from the same year discovered female fiction fans read thriller/crime novels at a higher rate than men (57 per cent to 39 … Continue reading

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BY HOOK OR BY CROOK

Sue Coletta on her blog dated 21 May, http://crimewriterblog.com pointed out the importance of a hook to captivate your readers. I already knew after the cover, the first paragraph of a book is the most important  part of the story. You want … Continue reading

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FUTURE LOOKS BLEAK FOR ASYLUM

‘She sighed. She had an eerie feeling about Callan Park, like a tingling sensation in her spine that made her think of a B-grade horror movie. She massaged the back of her neck and realised how tense she was. Rimis … Continue reading

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When Gina Met Harry

Well, I didn’t really meet LAPD detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch but I did manage to get up close and personal to his creator, Michael Connelly. Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of 27 novels and one work of non-fiction. He is … Continue reading

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How To Craft A One-Page Synopsis Using Story Beats

Originally posted on Crime Fiction Writer Sue Coletta:
The dreaded synopsis. Anyone who’s chosen the traditional path into publishing know that these pesky buggers are enough to drive a writer to drink… literally. I have good news and bad. The…

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I Walk In Their Shoes

I am at my Gold Coast home for a few weeks enjoying a break from the busyness of Sydney. The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It is renown for its long sandy beaches, surfing … Continue reading

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