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May 2012- Archives

Catherine Astolfo: Creating a credible sleuth

The author of the Emily Taylor Mysteries on making your amateur sleuth believable....

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Michael Blair: Listening to your internal editor

Hearing voices? According to the author of If Looks Could Kill, that's not necessarily a bad thing....

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Donna Carrick: Making a villain memorable

The crime adventure author on how to make your baddie truly creepy.  ...

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Linwood Barclay: Hook them first, then reel them in

For this newspaper columnist turned mystery writer, it all starts with the hook....

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Linda Wiken: The wow factor

When it comes to penning crime fiction that will hook a reader, don't save the best for last....

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Robert Rotenberg: Call the police--Part 2

The criminal lawyer and writer seconds advice by fellow crime scribe Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan: chat up the cops....

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Anne Emery: Setting as character

The author of the Collins-Burke mystery series on the value of knowing where you are....

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Ross Pennie: The dynamic duo

The Szabo and Wakefield scribe on the enduring power of a memorable sidekick for your sleuth....

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Lou Allin: Layering the landscape

Today's crime writing tip: think of your story as less straight line, more tapestry....

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D.J. McIntosh: How to get published

The author of one of Amazon.ca's top mystery picks gives her advice on how to rise above the slush pile....

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Stephen Legault: The master plan

For the creator of the Cole Blackwater mysteries, the best crime novels start with lots and lots of butcher paper....

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Robin Spano: Excavating your novel

When her plot won't move forward, this B.C. mystery author just changes direction....

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C.C. Benison: How to beat writer's block

C.C. Benison on not one, but two great new products to help you get writing again!...

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Kay Stewart: Three keys to a believable story

The author of the Danutia Dranchuk series on the three golden rules she's picked up along the way. (Hint: get your bird species straight.)...

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Barbara Fradkin: Creating an engaging series character

The writer who's spent eight books in the company of hot-headed Inspector Michael Green on getting inside your series sleuth....

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Roy Innes: A deadline and a promise

This late-blooming crime writer has a two-part recipe to ban writer's block. Make that three if you've got access to a cold garrett....

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Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan: Call the police!

For this Montreal crime author, the most relevant, thrilling and unexpected facts come straight from the long arm of the law....

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Rick Mofina: When bad things happen to good people...

...you've got a great thriller, according to this internationally lauded crime writer. ...

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Phyllis Smallman: You say "eavesdropping," I say "writing"

Listen up, says this Unhanged Arthur winner: the best dialogue comes from real people....

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Eugene Meese: Making secondary characters memorable

When it comes to fleshing out characters, this Nova Scotia crime writer urges you to save lots of energy for the little people....

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Debra Purdy Kong: The big scene

The author of the Casey Holland mysteries on making your best scenes into multi-taskers....

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Eric Wright: Write it, then Google it

The author of the much-lauded Charlie Salter mysteries is urging you to close that Internet search engine and get writing....

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Susan Calder: Putting the reader at the scene

Never be on the outside looking in, says this Calgary crime writer.  ...

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Dave Hugelschaffer: Ask the experts

For the author of the Porter Cassel mysteries, the best research comes straight from the expert's mouth....

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Stephen Gaspar: Writing in the working day

Step one of great writing, according to this mystery scribe: punch in on time....

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Linda Kupecek: The power of the sidekick

For this Calgary crime writer, sleuths are all well and good, but sidekicks can be where you have the most fun. ...

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Giles Blunt: Write first, research later

To this IMPAC-longlisted crime writer, research can be the procrastinator's best friend.  ...

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Joy Fielding: A book in a sound bite

The New York Times-bestselling crime writer on the importance of summing it all up....

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Sheila Dalton: Creating a unique voice

The author of The Girl in the Box on keeping only the characters who truly stand out....

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C.B. Forrest: Memorable secondary characters

The author of the Charlie McKelvey mysteries on fleshing out those supporting roles....

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John Moss: Write where you know

According to this Toronto crime writer, armchair travel and whodunits don't always mix....

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