Today is the birthday of Dashiell Hammett, the father of the noir mystery novel and author of The Thin Man and The Maltese Falcon. Read more about him here:
Also born today was Vincent Price, actor whose stage and movie performances will be forever linked with Edgar Allen Poe. His bio is here:… Continue
Added by Patrick Balester on May 28, 2009 at 7:30am —
Find out what Mitzi TV, eels, and London's East End all have in common in "Prowling for Eels," the debut video from Mitzi TV.
Added by Mitzi Szereto on May 28, 2009 at 5:24am —
You may recall that I was asked to reduce a book from 82,000 words to less than 70,000. I have to say that I've enjoyed that daunting task, and I may have improved the book overall.
When you cut, you have to look at what the least useful parts of a story are. What I found was a subplot that stretched credulity somewhat. It made a satisfying little "ta-da" at the end, but now that I've cut it, I think the book is stronger, more believable.
The bad part is all the little… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on May 27, 2009 at 10:55pm —
I have a new review to show off. Allow me to introduce you to Loretta Craig.
I met Loretta at a Writers Workshop in Chesterfield VA. I chatted with her during lunch that day and later signed a copy of The Troubleshooter for her. She wrote to me a couple of days later to tell me she was reading my novel and enjoying it very much. When she wrote again she was even more complimentary about my novel,
particularly praising its positive message.
For all those reasons, I'm… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 27, 2009 at 10:37pm —
I've uploaded a new video. In it I discuss the inspiration behind my fast-paced crime thriller novel, In Cold Daylight. I'm also reading the prologue from the novel.
Here is a short blurb about In Cold Daylight- there is more about the book on my web site
Was fire fighter, Jack Bartholomew's death an accident or arson? Who is determined to stop him from discovering the truth… Continue
Added by Pauline Rowson on May 27, 2009 at 7:52pm —
Author Darden North interviewed live by author and Voice of America radio host Fran Stewart on Friday, May 22, 2009, and archived at http://www.modavox.com/voiceamerica/vepisode.aspx?aid=38606
Darden North, M.D. – a Doctor Whose Writing You Can Read
Darden North is a native of Mississippi and a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist in Jackson, MS. His… Continue
Added by Darden North, MD on May 27, 2009 at 3:32pm —
The British Arts Council has this thing called YouWriteOn.com. It's like Authonomy.com but a bit more formal--and far more stringent in its requirements. So I put up one of my manuscripts I'm shopping around (the Death of a Young Lieutenant script) and finally received two reviews--you need five reviews for it to be considered by agents, publishers, etc.
What's interesting about the reviews is this; both liked the story. But one was either an agent or editor. He gave good ratings on… Continue
Added by B.R.Stateham on May 27, 2009 at 2:52am —
Cross-posted from Poe's Deadly Daughters.
The Amazon Kindle has broadened the market for books, and Kindle rights are making the same amount of money for publishers, and in many cases the authors, as the print editions. So why are publishers worried as they watch Amazon conquer the e-book market?
I’ve read a lot on this subject lately, but an article by Rachel Deahl in the May 11 Publishers Weekly did the best job of explaining the conundrum publishers… Continue
Added by Sandra Parshall on May 27, 2009 at 12:41am —
The trailer for Blood and Bone turned up on a web site for African American Scholarships
. Maybe someone will use my novel for a fund raising event.
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 26, 2009 at 10:59pm —
Authors love to gripe about how hard it is to market and promote, and with good cause. It sometimes feels like nothing I do works, and in this economy, that's very possibly true. So what's a writer to do?
As a teacher, I learned to multi-task, and it serves well in this business, too. I think writers have to work more in multiple universes than others do: I'm promoting MACBETH'S NIECE but getting ready for HER HIGHNESS' FIRST MURDER to come out in January while editing SHAKESPEARE'S… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on May 26, 2009 at 10:46pm —
My award winning novel 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper' today received its 22nd Five Star review at Amazon (10 in the UK, 12 in the USA). I'm delighted that the book continues to entertain and enthrall its readers and here's what the latest reviewer at Amazon.co.uk had to say:
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for everyone!!!, 25 May 2009
By G. Brandom "Gina" (Scottish Borders) - See all my reviews
Added by Brian L Porter on May 26, 2009 at 9:53pm —
I'm new to Crimespace, so I'll start with an introduction. Currently I am a virtual elementary teacher and writer. I have nothing published, but the novel that I am working on has won an award at the Heartland Writers Guild conference. Now I just have to finish it! The novel is a mystery/thriller, but I love to write young adult, paranormal, fantasy, and urban fantasy. If I'm in the mood, I'll write a little horror; it's pretty formulaic, but I have to get it out of my system.
Summer us… Continue
Added by Rosylinn on May 26, 2009 at 11:23am —
Here's an update on my previous blog. "The Devil Can Wait"
was selected as a 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards IPPY)
bronze medal finalist in the mystery/suspense/thriller category!
Added by Marta Stephens on May 26, 2009 at 1:08am —
I found out that you can order copies of The Troubleshooter in India.
I had to look up what Rs 1143 is in American money. Here’s where my Indian fans can get my books. Really!
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 25, 2009 at 10:46pm —
Some hate it, but the general public likes the trend of putting famous characters, whether real or imaginary, into new stories. I just finished Laurie King's THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE, in which she does a nice job of extending the Sherlock Holmes story by introducing a young woman who meets him in his later years and becomes his partner. No Watson she; she's as sharp as Holmes and just as unique.
I used Macbeth, of course, walking a line between the real one and Shakespeare's greedy… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on May 25, 2009 at 10:32pm —
Wow, it seems like I’ve been waiting a long time for this. At the same time, I desperately need another month.
Come to think of it, maybe everyone always needs another month.
But here we are, magically....... The Unseen
hits bookstores this week, officially on Tuesday, but… Continue
Added by Alexandra Sokoloff on May 25, 2009 at 9:56pm —
5 stars awarded to The Trojan Project
Terrifyingly Real - An Edge of the Seat Thriller from Start to Finish!
The Trojan Project is, without a doubt, one of the finest thrillers by a debut novelist I have read in a very long time. This book had me hooked from page one and the storyline was so terrifyingly plausible that it sent shivers down my spine. Eileen Thornton weaves an ingenious plot and the characters are all too recognisable as normal, everyday… Continue
Added by Eileen Thornton on May 25, 2009 at 1:27am —
The Trojan Project.
Available on www.amazon.co.uk & www.amazon.com
A strange light appears in the night sky above the Cheviots.
A mist descends, shrouding the hills and valleys.
Is it a natural phenomenon or something more sinister?
In a remote farmhouse, Sarah worries about Pete, her missing husband.
When she and her two young children go in search of him, she makes a terrifying… Continue
Added by Eileen Thornton on May 25, 2009 at 1:13am —
A blog post on The Stiletto Gang
highlighted the new journal called "The Writer's Journey." This new manual for authors is a collection of writers' essays on the craft and business of writing fiction. It's also obviously a journal with pages left for authors to write about their own journey. Thirteen writers contributed to this manual, including yours truly. Aspiring authors can reply to this e-mail to learn how to… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 25, 2009 at 12:07am —
’s debut “Absolution” is one of the most disturbing thrillers you’ll ever read. It features a beautiful woman who’s the victim of an acid attack and a series of disembowelments in the “Crucifixion killings” of young women. Caro’s also from one of the roughest neighborhoods of Glasgow, where she sets her… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on May 24, 2009 at 10:02pm —