Jim Thomsen
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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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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!
At 3:20pm on July 20, 2010, Kate the Book Buff said…
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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.
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.

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