I'm moderating a panel at Sleuthfest entitled "The Mystery in Mysteries: Clues, Misdirection and Satisfying Endings." I'll be sharing the dais with Twist Phelan, Kate White and Glynn Marsh Alam, and I'm looking for interesting questions to ask them.
To me, the placement of clues is tied up with plotting, and I'll be asking whether they plot their books out in advance or write by the seat of their capris. I'm thinking of asking whether they think up their clues in advance or allow them to arise from the writing. And I was going to ask about the use of red herrings.
I suppose I should also ask what makes a "satisfying ending" to each of them. Any other ideas?