Entries by Paula Benson

New Releases for the New Year!

Best wishes! I hope you are all having a wonderful new year. How do you learn about new releases in the mystery field? One of my resources is an online newsletter from CriminalElement.com. During the summer, it contained a summary about a new novel by Lee Robinson titled Lawyer for the Dog. I was so […]

“What Writing Means to Me” By Kathleen Donnelly

I had the privilege of meeting Kathleen this year at Killer Nashville and was in the audience when she gave this inspiring speech as she accepted the Lisa Jackson scholarship, which allowed her to attend the conference. After hearing her speak with such eloquence about the gift of writing, I asked if I could share […]

WRITING MULTIPLE SERIES: Featuring Leslie Budewitz

This is my second interview with an author who writes multiple mystery series. My guest is Leslie Budewitz, current President of the national Sisters in Crime and a founding member of the Guppy Chapter of SinC. Leslie is the first person to have won Agathas for fiction and nonfiction. Death al Dente, the first in […]

WRITING MULTIPLE SERIES: Featuring Edith Maxwell

With this post, I’m beginning to interview authors who write multiple mystery series. My first guest is Edith Maxwell, also known as Tace Baker and Maddie Day, who writes the Lauren Rousseau, Local Foods, and Country Story Mysteries. Her newest series, featuring an 1880’s Quaker midwife debuts in April. Welcome, Edith! Paula, thanks so much […]

Interviewing Short Story Writers

Alice Munro’s winning the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature brought notice to the thriving short fiction community. Due to electronic publishing and online markets, the opportunities for placing short stories have multiplied. Authors are encouraged to write stories involving recurring characters in order to keep readers satisfied while waiting for the next book’s release. Consider […]

Celebrating Author Susan F. Craft

I met Susan F. Craft when I joined the local Inkplots critique group. She spent a lifetime wanting to be a writer. She has said, “I cannot remember a time when I did not want to write. Somewhere in my attic I have a book, The Mystery of the Whistling Cave, which I wrote and […]

State of Hope

 Phyllis A. Whitney I am constantly looking for a writing craft book or article, organized notebook, online class, or writing conference that will bring all the elements together to make me the writer I want to be. I search the computer and scope out the writing sections of bookstores and libraries, certain the magical resource […]

Sasscer Hill: Racing toward a New Series

Sasscer Hill Sasscer Hill’s horse racing mysteries have been compared with those of Dick Francis. Her debut novel, Full Mortality, was nominated for an Agatha and a Macavity. She has written additional novels featuring Nikki Latrelle and also published a number of short stories. Recently, she signed a multiple book deal with St. Martin’s Press […]

Writing Fitness

In January, I wrote a blog about “Resolution as Metaphor” where I spoke about my two New Year’s resolutions (to carry less in my purse and drink more water) and wondered what those resolutions said about me. I decided, “Lightness and water are two ideas associated with movement and flow. They enable the journey and […]

Dialogue–To Say and Convey

I feel fortunate this year to have had several opportunities to teach (and learn) about dialogue. I come from a theatre background, so I’ve always felt comfortable writing what characters say. It wasn’t until I studied the mechanics of what makes dialogue readable, that I realized there are a few techniques that can really improve […]