Day 2: Cozy Mystery; Jean Rabe

Guest Post, Mystery Thriller Week 2017

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Meet Jean Rabe.

I’ve written thirty-six fantasy, science fiction, adventure, and mystery novels, and about a hundred short stories. When I’m not writing-which isn’t often-I’m editing…more than 100 magazine issues and a few dozen anthologies.

I originally hale from Ottawa, Illinois, a smallish town divided by the Illinois River. It’s where I learned how to play the clarinet, to treasure used book stores, to love football, and to appreciate the company of dogs.

My first full-time newspaper job was for the Quincy Herald-Whig in Quincy, IL. I met my husband in Quincy, played Dungeons & Dragons, worked as a stagehand for the local theater group, and adopted a most-amazing grandfather from the Illinois Veteran’s Home.

My newspaper career took me to Evansville, IN, where I ran the Western Kentucky news bureau for Scripps Howard. I exposed a corrupt county jailer, was shot at on a country road while covering an embezzlement story, and traipsed through flea markets held at an aging racetrack.

I’ve taught writing classes, ran the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium for seventeen years, mentored authors, lectured at conventions, and fused glass. I love board games, read a lot, and toss tennis balls to my cadre of dogs.

So…that’s my story. It’s filled with books and books and books and dogs and games and trips to museums and failed attempts to make an edible pineapple chicken stir-fry. I can make a fine pot of chili, however.

Author Links:

Find The Dead of Winter on Amazon by clicking here: https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Winter-Piper-Blackwell-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01LY5X4BB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475603013&sr=8-1&keywords=the+dead+of+winter+by+jean

My web page: http://www.jeanrabe.com

You can find my blog at: http://jeanerlenerabe.blogspot.com/

And my Amazon author page at: https://www.amazon.com/Jean-Rabe/e/B00J1QR5U2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_1

I have a newsletter filled with tidbits about my upcoming books, reviews of things I’m reading, and writing advice. You can subscribe here: http://jeanrabe.us14.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=89364515308e8b5e7ffdf6892&id=9404531a4b

Guest Post – Cozies and Uncozy Cozies

What defines a cozy mystery? I thought I knew. I thought I’d pegged my book correctly. I thought I’d checked off enough of the right boxes.

I failed.

When you write with the intent of getting your novel published, you typically aim it toward a genre on the bookstore shelf…supernatural, horror, fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, true crime, mystery. And within some of those, such as mystery, are subgenres: cozy, crime, noir, sleuth (professional and amateur), legal, suspense (and romantic suspense), historical, private eye, and police procedural. And I’ve probably missed some.

In any event, when you write your novel and send it off to a publisher or agent you list the genre in your cover letter. I listed “cozy” in mine. I really thought I’d written one.

Most definitions of a cozy mystery include phrases such as:

  • Bloodless crime scene (no blood at any of my crime scenes)
  • Sex and violence downplayed (check on the first one…not so much with the check on the second one)
  • Easy pace (check)
  • Amateur sleuth (mine was a sheriff…her first day on the job and with the department…sounded like an amateur to me)
  • The protagonists have more on their plate than just solving the murders (check)
  • The setting is often rural (big-time check on that one)
  • The killer is usually taken into custody without violence (couldn’t check that box)
  • Cozy to me implies comfortable, friendly, filled with characters you might meet if you strolled down a small town street. A book you’d like to read in an easy chair with a little dog curled in your lap.

The agents and publishers I sent my book to said it wasn’t a cozy. One said I’d written a “cozy police procedural” and that there was no such beast. Another said it was an uncozy-cozy. I didn’t like the rejection, but I liked the sound of that…uncozy-cozy. To me it implied a comfortable, friendly book filled with characters you might meet if you strolled down a small town street…and spiced with detailed and factual law enforcement procedures, a serial killer, a chase scene, and a gunfight.

I found a lovely small press publisher—Imajin—that didn’t care what mystery subgenre my book did or didn’t fit into. She liked the term “uncozy-cozy” too, and promoted it as such. On the day the book—The Dead of Winter—launched, it cracked the top 100 in Amazon’s police procedurals category. I’ve received great reviews, including in The Huffington Post. Not bad for an “uncozy.”

I’m working on The Dead of Night now, with the same main characters. I’m hoping to make a series out of my young sheriff’s adventures. I suppose I ought to put The Dead in each of the titles.

This next book checks off more of the true cozy boxes…not because I’m trying to but because that’s where the plot takes me. Again, a bloodless body. Hmmm…maybe that will be a theme. Hmmm…probably not. It’s a decades-old cold case and thereby an easy, but driven, pace. It has law enforcement procedures. I suppose that’ll make it another “cozy police procedural.” I can’t help putting the actual legal workings of the case in. I used to cover courts and cops when I was a newspaper reporter. I feel compelled to add those details. I have a chase scene, but it’s not a fast one, as a farm tractor is involved. And so far the outline doesn’t call for a gunfight—or for a weapon to be drawn. But outlines can change.

It feels like a cozy to me, what I’m writing. But my definition of cozy apparently is a tad different than how most folks see it.

Let’s call it “uncozy.” Maybe someday there will be a subgenre with that label.

Day 2: Cozy Mystery ; Elizabeth S. Craig

Guest Post, Mystery Thriller Week 2017, Uncategorized

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Meet Elizabeth S. Craig.

Elizabeth writes the Southern Quilting mysteries and Memphis Barbeque mysteries for Penguin Random House and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently.
She grew up a fan of Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Scooby Doo, and the Hardy Boys before migrating to Agatha Christie. As an adult, she discovered mysteries by M.C. Beaton (especially the Hamish Macbeth series) and realized she wanted to be a cozy mystery writer.
She blogs at ElizabethSpannCraig.com/blog , named by Writer’s Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers.  She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine WritersKB.com. Writers can look up any writing-related subject in the search engine to receive results from thousands of writing blogs.
Elizabeth makes her home in Matthews, North Carolina, with her husband and two teenage children.

 

Guest Post – 3 Ways for Writers to Use Deadlines

I live by deadlines.  As a writer, most people would expect that.  Publishers like writers to submit work on time. I think most writers have a love-hate relationship with deadlines.

Actually, most everyone lives with deadlines.  We might not even think of them as deadlines.  The timer on the dryer?  It’s a special kind of deadline.  “Hey, pull that shirt out or you’ll be ironing for the next fifteen minutes!”

Deadlines to buy a present for an anniversary?  Our child’s birthday?  Christmas?  Life itself is a deadline.

Some deadlines are self-imposed.  These types of deadlines are what give structure to our lives.  They allow us to grow.

I started getting serious about personal deadlines about twelve years ago.   I had a scamp of a preschooler at the time–the kind of kid you affix deadbolts on your doors for and hide your keys from.  I had a baby who was just getting into the Cheerio stage.

And I decided to set a deadline for myself.  I wanted to write a book by the end of the year.

There were friends and family who questioned this.  Was this really the right time to write a book?  Didn’t I just want to put my feet up during baby’s naptime?  But I decided there was never a right time to write a book.   When are we not busy?  It’s just that the busyness changes, isn’t it?   It goes from sleep loss and diaper changing to carpools and soccer games to college visits to work demands to travel-packed retirements.

I decided there would never be that fictional cabin in the mountains with the scenic view and the complete and utter lack of a daily agenda.

I’ve used deadlines three important ways in my life:

The first way I’ve used deadlines is to get work done.  Writers talk a lot about goals.  We have project goals and word count goals. Goals are these sorts of nebulous things.  They are vague and forgiving.  Goals are shockingly similar to wishes…I want to lose ten pounds.  I want to exercise three days a week.  I want to learn Spanish.  I want to win the lottery and own a mansion and a yacht.  There’s an air of unreality to them.  They’re not solid.

Deadlines are tools to break goals into manageable bits.  My goal was: I want to write a book.  My deadlines were:  Each day, I’ll write a page.

If you write a page a day, you’ll have a very long book by the end of the year.  While writing a page a day twelve years ago, I learned that yes…you can write a page in the fifteen minutes your baby will watch Elmo’s World on Sesame Street.  Over the years, my writing goal and deadlines have grown.  But the concept is the same…set a manageable goal with an accompanying deadline to ensure success.

The second way I’ve used deadlines is to avoid distraction and maintain focus.
At first, the distractions were easy enough to avoid…the ringing phone didn’t have to be answered…there was an answering machine for that.  Yes, there was preschool pick up time, but you can easily squeeze a page of writing in when you’re in the carpool line.

Then the distractions became sneakier…the internet. Email.  Twitter.  And the biggest, baddest  time suck of them all….Facebook.

With deadlines, however, I knew I had work to accomplish first before doing anything else.  This stubborn determination to make my deadline, and my fatal fascination with the internet motivated me to get up earlier.  And then earlier.  Until finally I settled on somewhere between the hours of four and five a.m.  There are not many distractions at that hour.  And when you meet a daily deadline, you enjoy that smug feeling all day.

The third way I’ve used deadlines in my life is to develop dreams and brainstorm long-term planning.

Most of us have ideas for ways we’d like to enjoy our future.  Maybe we want to travel more.  Or further our education.  Maybe it’s even something small like exploring new places in uptown Charlotte with our spouse.  Developing a hobby or interest.

For me, I noticed these plans or ideas had a habit of not actually coming true.   I found the only way to make these sorts of plans come to pass was by breaking them down into very small, manageable bits, and setting deadlines for each of them.

Becoming more comfortable with public speaking was also one of those nebulous goals of mine.  But I received an external deadline of sorts when a major industry conference invited me to hold two workshops this fall.  Getting ready for something so challenging meant evaluating what steps I needed to take and breaking them down into small steps with deadlines.  Attending Toastmasters was one of these steps.

Being a writer means that I’m easily distracted by bright shiny objects.  It means a daily fight to maintain focus and stay on task.  Deadlines, and the three ways I’ve taken to using them, have proven my best tool for doing so.

I believe every one of us has set and hit personal deadlines because we’re all here.  At some point, we said, “I want to be a better, more confident speaker.”  And then we set ourselves some sort of deadline for finding information, making online or phone contact, and showing up for a meeting.

Deadlines may have a bad rap, but they’re actually tools to help us succeed, focus, and grow.

Do you have any self-imposed deadlines?  What other ways do you use them?

 

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Day 2: Cozy Mystery; Hope Callaghan

Guest Post, Mystery Thriller Week 2017, Uncategorized

Meet Hope Callaghan.

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Hope Callaghan is an author who loves to write Christian Cozy Mysteries & Mystery/Suspense books.

Born and raised in a small town in West Michigan, she now lives in Florida with her husband. She is the proud mother of one daughter, a stepdaughter and stepson.

When she’s not doing the thing she loves best…writing books…she enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading books.

Hope loves to connect with her readers! Sign up to get FREE books and other goodies and be the first to know about her new books.

Connect today at:  HopeCallaghan.com

Now onto the Q&A….

Q. Where do you come up with your story ideas?
I come up with some of my ideas in the middle of the night while I’m lying in bed trying to sleep! For some reason, my characters seem to think the wee hours of the morning are the best time for them to share their ideas with me.  I finally gave up fighting it so now I keep a small notepad and pen in the master bath cabinet drawer to write them down.
A lot of my ideas come from my better half, my husband, Mitchell.  We love to bounce ideas off each other, many times while we’re on the road driving somewhere.  The conversation usually starts with, “Hey, wouldn’t that be fun if…” Many of my ideas come from life experiences.  Take, for example, the misadventures of Millie and the Cruise Ship series.  On several cruises, I have stood near the railing and watched passengers literally “miss the boat” after losing track of time on shore.  (Sadly, on more than one occasion.)
I have also sat quietly for hours in a deer stand during bow season (boring), watched Mitchell and my brother-in-law build explosives at the picnic table (a little too exciting), locked my daughter inside our camper and had to crawl through an access panel underneath to rescue her (scary).  Many of the girls’ adventures are based on my real life experiences.  It almost makes my life sound exciting

Q.  Are your characters based on real people? Are the places you base your series on real places?
Belhaven, Michigan, the small town where Gloria and The Garden Girls live, is a lot like the small town where I grew up. My mom still lives there…on a farm with a springer spaniel named Mally.  My brother and his family live in the small ranch-style home where I was raised. The town is about an hours’ drive from Grand Rapids, Michigan and is so small, it would be difficult to find on a map! Misery, Mississippi (the Sweet Southern Sleuths Series) is 100% imagination.  Mitchell and I brainstormed that series last summer while we were vacationing in the Ft. Walton, Beach area of Florida.  We had just visited the lovely town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi and fell in love with its charm, history and the beauty of the area. We had rented an ocean front condo for the last few days of our vacation and were sitting on the beach staring out at the ocean. (By the way, the Emerald Coast of Florida is one of the most beautiful beaches and area I have ever seen.)  I remember the conversation started something like this, “Hey, what do you think of starting a series about two identical twin sisters that are complete opposites…” All of my characters are fictitious but some have personality traits I borrowed from people that I’ve met or known over the years.  For example, Lucy, from the Garden Girls is loosely based on a woman my husband and I met when we volunteered for “Meals on Wheels.”  I can’t remember her name but she was probably in her 70’s, with bright red hair, thin as a rail and guess what?  She LOVED sweets…and skydiving and all sorts of other crazy adventures.  We haven’t seen her in a couple years, but I’m sure she’s still going strong.

Q. How do you keep all of your characters and small details straight?
With copious notes! Each continuing series has a separate file.  For each new book, I start a new section, adding the new book title, character names and descriptions under the sub-heading.  I keep all of my previous notes because I also like to scribble stuff on those pages.  Right now, the Garden Girls Series file is 32 pages of information but the updated section I currently use is five pages long. I start with the main characters, their spouses, descriptions, etc., followed by secondary characters.  After that, I separate it by book in the series.  At the end, I have a section for “Places.” There is also a “Miscellaneous Information” section.  (I put stuff like the name of Gloria’s church and the time that the cruise ship’s church service begins…9:00 a.m.) One of the most exciting things to me is to watch the characters grow and evolve.  When I start a new series, I have a main character and a couple secondary characters with a few quirky traits, but as the series moves forward, I learn more about them, what makes them tick, how they react to crisis and it’s so much fun to see what happens! I look forward to seeing how Annette Delacroix’s character evolves. Annette is in the Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery Series and main character, Millie Sanders’, sidekick.  Her character has been secretive about her past and I can’t wait to find out what those secrets are!

Q.  Which of my books is my favorite, which of my characters is my favorite and which character reminds me the most of me?
There are parts of every book that are special to me, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be “Missing Milt.” The grandsons and nostalgia in that one got me.  It was the one where Gloria, Ryan and Tyler popped popcorn and sat on the front porch watching the old console television where only a few local stations came in and they had to wrap tinfoil around the rabbit ears.  The boys couldn’t believe there was no remote! I loved that part.  It reminds me of when I grew up.  Saturday morning cartoons, HeeHaw, Lawrence Welk.  All that stuff.  I love the nostalgia of that entire series! Loretta Sweet from “Sweet Southern Sleuths” has to be my favorite character.  There’s something about her little bit of sass yet her caring personality and concern for others.  She has a high level of tolerance for her snarky sister, which I’m not sure I would have. I would love to be Ruth, though.  She has such an outgoing personality and is always right in the thick of things working in the post office.  Her surveillance equipment and all the other spy toys she continues to accumulate cracks me up. I would have to say that I’m most like Dot.  I wouldn’t dare do half the things those girls do, but I love being able to create their adventures and be where I’m at…on the outside, looking in! I started a new series in 2016, “Made in Savannah” about a woman, Carlita Garlucci, who promised her husband on his deathbed to get their sons out of the mafia.
There are several interesting characters in this series but my favorite is Elvira Cobb, one of Carlita’s tenants.  She is so annoying and does such outrageous things, I can hardly wait to see what she does next!

Q.  What do you do to keep from getting in a rut in your storylines?
First of all, I put myself in your shoes…the reader. If I start to get bored writing, then I’m sure the reader is getting bored reading.  If that starts to happen, I jump into the middle and add a mini adventure. I only start a book with a general idea of the new mystery.  Next, I pick three of four suspects.  After that, I let the characters tell the story.  It isn’t until the end of the story that I decide “whodunit” and then go back on the first read thru and add a small clue or two. Out of all of my books, the ending of “Fall Girl” was the biggest surprise for me.

Q. How Often Do You Write?  How Many Books Do you Write a Year?
Last year, (2106) I wrote twenty one books – eight of them short stories. (I had to look this up…LOL). I’m on track to meet or beat the same number in 2017.
It takes roughly three weeks for me to write a book (give or take a few days depending on my schedule).  A first draft will take about seven days, writing 5,000 – 7,000 words per day.  The most I have ever written in a day has been just over 10,000 words and I don’t recommend doing that! After the first draft is finished, I go back through and read a second time and finally a third.  After the third read thru, I hand it over to Mitchell, who reads, writes his own notes and gives it back. (It typically takes him 1 – 2 days but he is getting really fast!) I make his suggested changes, read one more time and then hand it over to one of the most wonderful EDITORS in the world, Peggy Hyndman, who not only helps me immensely by making sure my books shine (catching my grammar and typo errors), she also make sure they make sense. As a reader, I also love to bounce ideas off her.  She is just a special person to me. I also have some wonderful, incredible, special advanced readers.  Not only are they my special group of readers, I consider each of them a friend.
After Peggy and the others send their suggested edits and changes back, I make those changes, do a final read thru and then voila…the masterpiece is complete! In the meantime, my husband, who also has become a Photoshop guru and works hard to design some awesome book covers, works on the cover, we put together a book description, etc.

Q.  What are your plans for 2017?
I am finishing “Trouble in Savannah,” Made in Savannah Series Book #5, which should be out late January.  After that, I’ll be working on the next cruise ship mystery series book.
I’ve started a new series, a spinoff, but have decided to put it on the back burner for the time being.  I don’t think I can juggle four series at a time and keep my sanity.

Q. Do You Plan to Write in Another Genre?
I actually have a two-book draft sitting in a file folder on the back of my desk. It’s a Christian mystery / suspense that I started in April, 2015, tentatively named “The Chosen.”
It is more of a futuristic mystery series (not a cozy) dealing with current day events.  I would love to finish it someday but it needs one hundred percent of my focus and energy and I know I can’t take that on right now. I’m tossing around the idea of co-authoring it but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten. I tried my hand at romance a while back, but after Mitchell read my first draft he said, “Honey, maybe you should stick to mystery.”

Q. What advice would you give someone who is interested in writing and just starting out?
First and foremost, have faith in yourself.  I never thought I had it in me to write fiction and here I am over two dozen books later.The next thing you must do is research.  Research the genre; find authors who have been successful in writing in those genres.  Read their reviews both good and bad. What do readers like?  What don’t they like?  How long are the books?
Write something that you enjoy reading.  I can’t imagine anything more painful than trying to write something I don’t like, just because it might make a lot of money.  Readers are smart!  They will know if you don’t enjoy writing your books. Once you write the book, find someone who will read it for you and give you honest feedback.  Have the book edited and make sure the covers you create match the book you are writing.  I think a lot of readers “judge a book by its cover.”  If a cover fits the genre, you will sell a lot more than if it doesn’t. Start small.  Write short stories.  Write a few and then release them at the same time. If you find that you love writing, don’t give up.  It’s easy to become discouraged, especially when you release a book – or books – and they don’t sell or you get bad reviews.  Keep going, keep trying.  Writing is like anything else.  The more you practice, the better you’ll get. Last but not least, don’t be afraid.  You’ll never know until you try.

Q.  When did you write your first book?  How old were you when you wrote your first book?
I wrote my first fiction book, Waves of Deception, in early 2014 and released it in July of that year. I was 49 at the time. (I was born in 1964, the last year of the baby boomers.)  So…you’re never too old to follow your dream!

Q. Why choose being an Indie author versus traditionally published?
As an Indie author you control your business, your book writing, your everything.
I can offer a free book to my readers.  Traditionally published books will never be free.  Discounted, yes.  Free, no.  Because the publishing company is in it to make money, not give books away. Publishing companies set the price for books, not the author, so in essence, they control how much money you make.  To me, being an author and publishing under a traditional publisher would be like being employed by the publishing company. (This is purely my personal opinion.) Honestly, the only reason I can see for an author to go the traditional publish route is because the author only has to worry about writing.  The publishing company handles the rest – the marketing, the editing, the covers, etc. I am highly blessed because Mitchell, my better half, has a marketing background and we have owned our own business for several years. (He is a Real Estate Broker.)  He is also a computer guru with a degree in computer networking.  I get to write and he handles the rest.  I couldn’t do it without him!  He is my right hand man : )

Q.  What do you love most about writing?
Hands down, you…my reader! I have met so many wonderful people since I released my first book.  I love to hear from you, hear your stories.  God has truly blessed me with wonderful people who reach out to tell me that my books make them laugh, brighten their day, they encourage me and pray for me. So many say they appreciate the fact that I give glory to God, that there is nothing inappropriate in my books and I’m proud of that…that I can entertain readers without swearing, without violence, without sexual content. Those were my two main goals when I sat in front of my laptop and drafted my first book.  Number one – give Glory to God.  Number two – prove that I can write a good book, a wholesome, clean book that readers can enjoy and someday, when I leave this earth for my heavenly home, I will hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”

Day 2: Cozy Mystery; Mary Angela

Guest Post, Mystery Thriller Week 2017

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Meet Mary Angela.
Mary Angela is the author of An Act of Murder, the debut novel in the Professor Prather mystery series, and an English teacher at the University of Sioux Falls.  When she’s not grading papers (when is she not grading papers?), she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. An avid mystery fan, she is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Visit http://www.maryangelabooks.com for more information about Mary or her work.

Guest Post –  Setting

There is something wonderful about delving into a cozy mystery during the dark days of winter. The sky is gray, the air is cold, and the last thing you want to do is put on your coat and go somewhere. But open up the pages of your cozy mystery novel, and you are transported to another place without ever leaving your living room. Right now I’m enjoying the balmy summer breezes in a brewing mystery that has me wondering if I should trade in my wine for beer.  It, like my novel, is driven by setting, and for me, this is one of the greatest allures of the genre.

South Dakota is a striking place but not in the usual way. It doesn’t have lakes or mountains. The Black Hills (what the Lakota Sioux call “Paha Sapa”) are just that, hills, and The Badlands really mean “land bad.” It is a literal translation of the Lakota “Mako Sica.” Yet The Badlands National Park is one of the most majestic places in the state and, covering 244,000 acres, the largest preserve of mixed prairie grass in the nation. No wonder it’s one of the most popular vacation destinations west of the Missouri River.

An Act of Murder is set in eastern South Dakota in an area known for its lush farms and bottomlands. A fictional college town, Copper Bluff lies atop an orange-colored ridge above a winding river. The university campus is central to the town’s mystique, and walking around the quartzite buildings and quiet courtyard, students might wonder if they’ve stepped back in time. Some of the edifices date back to the nineteenth century and others come complete with turrets. The towering trees, which line the campus, are the oldest in the area and guard this city within a city like sentinels.

Yet students will soon discover that though the town is charmingly nostalgic, it is also quite modern. The community thrives on university activities, which bring in entrepreneurs and artists from all over the world. The characters are just as eclectic as they are diverse, and people have passed generations or just a few days here. Some stay for the farm; others come for the education. The residents are ever changing, but one thing remains the same: those who reside here feel fortunate to know such a place exists, and hopefully, readers will too.

I once saw a quote that said, “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” Many times in my life I have had to stay where I am. Family, obligations, children, jobs. You know the gamut. Still, there’s no place I’d rather live than South Dakota—except when I wouldn’t. Then I can pick up a cozy mystery and go absolutely anywhere.

Mystery Thriller Week 2017 Line Up

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Hello everyone!

The fun begins as Mystery Thriller Week 2017 (#MysteryThrillerWeek or #MTW) kicks off tomorrow. This is the biggest mystery event for the genre!

Below is the lineup I have for the event. Each day for the next 10 days I will be hosting a number of authors, each contributing a guest post from writing mystery to a how to guide when working with audiobooks. There is a little something for everyone!

A big thanks to all the authors who participated! It has certainly been an exciting adventure and opportunity.

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Day 1 – Mystery

10AM – Kristina Stanley

12PM – Mahrie G. Reid

 

Day 2 – Cozy Mystery

8AM – Mary Angela

10AM – Hope Callaghan

12PM – Elizabeth Spann Craig

2PM – Jean Rabe

 

Day 3 – True Crime / Crime Fiction

8AM – Stephen Bentley

10AM – Daithi Kavanagh

12PM – L M Krier

2PM – Kimberly McGath

 

Day 4 – Thriller

8AM – Scott Bell

10AM – Sandra Block

12PM – D.M Barr

 

Day 5 – Romance

8AM – Vicki Batman

10AM – Zaheera Walker

12PM – Lily Black

2PM – Leslie Tentler

 

Day 6 – Paranormal

8AM – Stephen Morris

10AM – Brian McKinley

12PM – Scott Lerner

 

Day 7 – Writing

8AM – Rayne Hall

10AM – Anne Janzer

12PM – Kris Keppeler

2PM – Karen A. Wyle

4PM – Michael Smorenburg

 

Day 8 – Historical

8AM – Suzanne Adair

10AM – Maggi Andersen

12PM – Edwin Herbert

2PM – Assaph Mehr

4PM – Geoffrey Monmouth

 

Day 9 – Psychological

10AM – Rosa Fedele

10:30AM – Guest Review of Rose Fedele’s book The Red Door

12PM – Mary Ann D’Alto

2PM – Valerie Joan Connors

4PM – Sue Coletta

 

Day 10 – YA/Middle Grade

8AM – Jackie Amsden

10AM – Robbie Cheadle

12PM – Carrie Cross

2PM – Stephen C. Perkins

4PM – Shelley Pickens

6PM – Laura Wolfe

Want more?

Click here to visit the main site for M.T.W and see what other bloggers, reviewers, and authors are up to!