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Which of these proposed cozy-mystery series will be a hit?
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I'm developing several ideas to pitch to agents next year: 1. A series featuring Ricoh Cannon, copier repairman and amateur crime-solver. First books: "TONER CARNAGE," "THE COPY CAT KILLINGS" and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sally Carpenter Jan 6, 2011.

Essential Hardboiled Reading for Cozy Mystery Authors (And Readers)
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I finally got around to starting Stephen King's new novella collection, "Full Dark, No Stars," and was taken with the second tale, "Big Driver." In it, an author of cozy mystery novels is waylaid,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by JackBludis Dec 27, 2010.

Best Underrated Crime Movies of the 1970s?
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I've been watching a lot of Seventies fare lately, and have discovered some real gems and the occasional dud ("The Seven-Ups," a limp attempt to carry on the "French Connection" franchise with a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Jul 27, 2011.

What Does Raymond Chandler Have To Teach Us?
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I've been on a recent Chandler kick, and have been making mental notes about what I can take away from him to use in my own writing: 1. Keep It Lean. Chandler doesn't waste a word, and his books are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dana King Dec 28, 2010.

 

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Susan replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Best Underrated Crime Movies of the 1970s?
"The YAKUZA, yes! Love Robert Mitchum. His 40s noir films are fantastic, especially Out of the Past. Susan"
Jul 27, 2011
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Jul 23, 2011
Stephen D. Rogers replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Best Underrated Crime Movies of the 1970s?
"THE YAKUZA (1975).  Robert Mitchum and Richard Jordan.  Directed by Sydney Pollack. I love 70s films and I only learned about this great movie last year.   PRIME CUT (1972).  Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman.  A movie that could…"
Jul 15, 2011
Stuart Matthew Davis replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Best Underrated Crime Movies of the 1970s?
"Underrated?  How about totally out of the box and unknown.  Ever see the Speghetti "western" The Hell Benders.  It involves a heist and requires the characters to keep up a major con through most of the movie.…"
Jun 9, 2011
Z. LaPorte Airey replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Favorite settings for mystery novels?
"I really like using the suburbs as a setting for mystery/crime related stories."
Apr 20, 2011
Susan replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Favorite settings for mystery novels?
"I mostly agree. I'm a city person, any city in the world person, and I don't enjoy reading stories with country setting, especially in the South. The writer may be the best in the world, but I won't get past the first five pages."
Apr 19, 2011
Ariel Heart replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Favorite settings for mystery novels?
"I am a native of Colorado and I have to admit my first criteria is the location of the book.  I am completely burned out on Southern mysteries and just will not read anything set in the South except for very rare exceptions.  I am enjoying…"
Apr 4, 2011
Sally Carpenter replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Which of these proposed cozy-mystery series will be a hit?
"Idea No. 2 could work if you focus on the dotty ladies and not Buffer. Boomers are aging and want to read novels with characters their own age. Idea No. 3 sounds good, but if the authors are "short lived," does this mean Nightshade will…"
Jan 6, 2011
Dana King replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion What Does Raymond Chandler Have To Teach Us?
"Excellent point about explaining, Minerva. When I wonder if I need to explain something, I fall back on the mantra, "What Would The Wire Do?' Simon et al explained very little, and improved the show greatly by (not) doing so. The Wire…"
Dec 28, 2010
minervaK replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion What Does Raymond Chandler Have To Teach Us?
"For my money, Chandler is the king of "show, don't tell." I can't give a specific example at the moment (flat on my back, prisoner of several cats), but I would add:   6. Never explain. If you have to explain, you've…"
Dec 27, 2010
I. J. Parker replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Which of these proposed cozy-mystery series will be a hit?
"Oh, yes!  :)  For that matter, some of the thriller scenarios are hilarious also.  I give you the Lee Child novel where all the (multiple) victims were drowned in bathtubs full of military olive green paint."
Dec 27, 2010
cj forrest replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Which of these proposed cozy-mystery series will be a hit?
"Who, me serious…me?  I promise, Pepper, that I will never refer to you as a Cozy.  You do bring up an interesting concern about the term “Cozies.” I’m not sure I like the term either.  How ‘bout…"
Dec 26, 2010
Camille LaGuire replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Which of these proposed cozy-mystery series will be a hit?
"The problem with goofing around with cozy concepts these days is... you honestly could be serious."
Dec 26, 2010
Jim Thomsen replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Which of these proposed cozy-mystery series will be a hit?
"I admit it. I was just goofing. Merry Christmas."
Dec 26, 2010
Camille LaGuire replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Which of these proposed cozy-mystery series will be a hit?
"As a pitch, any of them could be interesting.  The problem with a pitch is that it's just the gimmick.  It's an opportunity for cute titles and covers.  And the way you've named your characters and described your ideas,…"
Dec 26, 2010
Pepper Smith replied to Jim Thomsen's discussion Which of these proposed cozy-mystery series will be a hit?
"I really hope you're not serious.   I wish there was another genre term for mysteries that don't feature onscreen violence, sex, and bad language, but don't fit in with what's currently called 'cozy'.  I…"
Dec 26, 2010

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Hometown:
Bainbridge Island, WA
About Me:
I am a newspaper editor who's getting shuffled out of the business pretty soon, and would like to apply my years of writing and editing crime stories for the media to book-length fiction and nonfiction projects.

My first novel, a mystery set in the Puget Sound area, is currently being chopped and channeled by my beta readers. I'm also gathering string on a collection of true-crime tales gleaned from the files of the Washington State Clemency and Pardons Board.

I'm 45, single, no kids, have a cat named Lucy ... and am excruciatingly heterosexual.
I Am A:
Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
Peter Abrahams, C.J. Box, Michael Connelly, Stephen King, Stephen Dobyns, Jack Olsen, Gregg Olsen, Ann Rule

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At 8:59am on July 23, 2010, T. L. Cooper said…
Thanks for the friend invite. Always great to meet authors! As for your question regarding Murder in the Grove, as I understand it there is something in the works though it has been on hiatus for a while. The best bet is to check the website, www.murderinthegrove.com. I'm no longer involved in the planning in any way, so that's the best information I've got. Best of luck with all your writing endeavours!
At 1:22am on July 23, 2010, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Jim,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery writer here on Crimespace!
At 2:18pm on July 22, 2010, Rosanne said…
Thanks for the add Jim! Always look forward to reading local Authors. I'll look forward to reading your new book!
~Rosanne
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At 5:29am on July 20, 2010, Lisa Fernow said…
Thanks for the suggestions. Isn't it funny what we writers end up learning?
At 5:17am on July 20, 2010, Karen Anderson said…
Hi Jim,
I've was a mystery reviewer for January Magazine for a number of years, but switched over to the science fiction genre a few years ago (my partner is an SF bookseller). The science fiction community has a ton of writers workshops, writing groups, conventions, etc.; all I remember from the mystery field was Left Coast Crime. I was wondering if some more local events/workshops/groups for mystery writers were going on.
Karen
At 4:35am on July 20, 2010, Lisa Fernow said…
Hi, nice to meet a neighbor. Good luck with your transition. Let me know how I can help.

Your background with the WA State Clemency and Pardons board must yield some really fascinating stories. I don't suppose you happen to know anything about meth from your days as a crime writer? Have a short story going where I poison someone with ground up crystal meth and I don't actually know what it looks like, whether it would dissolve well, etc.
At 3:14pm on July 19, 2010, Michelle Fryer said…
Hey Jim - Thanks so much for adding me as a friend. Your stuff sounds great - I just started getting my worked critiqued and I guess in the process of rewriting. Not close to publication yet. How about you?
At 12:09pm on July 19, 2010, Karen Anderson said…
Hi Jim,

I'm looking forward to hearing how you do with publishing the first book! Sounds like you are more tuned in to area crime writing than I am at the moment -- please shoot me a line if there's something in Seattle you think I should check out.
Cheers,
Karen
 
 
 

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