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Dorothy St. James On Creating Complete Cozy Characters

BY , MAY 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, how do you keep your cozy characters sane as they stumble over corpse after corpse? And how does a character go from unlucky body-finder to eagle eyed amateur sleuth? It is a daunting prospect but you aren’t on your own with these dilemmas. Today cozy author Dorothy St. James (aka Dorothy McFalls) shares some of the tricks of the trade that she learned from four fellow mystery authors!

“If Jessica Fletcher walks into a room, run! Someone is about to be murdered, and you sure as heck don’t want it to be you.”

Growing up, this was a running joke in my family.

The idea that an amateur sleuth/mystery novelist would become involved with a murder investigation week after week grew all the more unbelievable with each season of Murder She Wrote until one night my dad exclaimed that Jessica Fletcher was a serial killer who cleverly framed scores of innocent dupes.


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Robert Masello Talks About Genre Crossing With His New Novel The Medusa Amulet

BY , MAY 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Robert Masello's fast-paced thriller takes Scholar David Franco on a quest for a Renaissance mirror that may carry the secret of eternal life. The story combines elements of mystery, magic and history to stunning effect. Today the author chats with us about what inspired him to create this story that crosses genres with such panache.

This morning, I got the e-mail I have always been waiting for. It came from Morgan Doremus, the editor of this website, and it invited me to contribute to this blog.

I feel like a man dying of thirst who’s suddenly been offered a tall, frosty beer.

For years, I have been writing books like The Medusa Amulet, which has just come out, and begged my publisher to reach out to the romance reading audience. My books have traditionally been billed as thrillers, or paranormal adventures, and because they do have plenty of action and scares, they are often marketed to a male audience. And trust me, I’m happy to have any audience at all.


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Patricia Rice Publishes The Book Of Her Heart

BY , APRIL 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

When bestselling author Patricia Rice was unable to get "the book of her heart" published in traditional format, she self-published this cross-genre tale as the new e-book Evil Genius

Evil Genius begins with the line: “My name is Ana, and I’m a doormat.” That line has stayed with the book in all its incarnations because Ana is one of those rare characters who has depth from the moment she walks on the page, which meant she had to be written in first person.

The problem with first person is that a large part of the market detests first person, which makes editors leery of buying it. Despite knowing market limitations, I simply wrote the book that was in my head and heart. Evil Genius took me on a wild, fascinating ride. Characters tripped off my fingers. I had huge fun brainstorming second, third, and fourth books for a world-traveling family of eccentrics who knew how to find trouble without looking.


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Cozy Corner: Janice Hamrick Introduces The Cast Of Death On Tour

BY , APRIL 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

Debut mystery author Janice Hamrick has us charmed with this month's Death on Tour. As heroine Jocelyn Shore does her best to take in all the sights on much-anticipated tour of Egypt, a murderer strikes and she may be just the woman to discover the killer's identity. Before you buy your ticket for this witty and wild ride, get an insider's look at the characters that you will be joining!

A murder in broad daylight at the base of the Great Pyramids of Giza. A case of mistaken identity. A priceless necklace given and then stolen. All these events make up the story of Death on Tour, but none of them would have been possible without the unexpected mix of personalities who meet on a budget tour and end up reacting like particles in a well-intentioned but ill-fated lab experiment.


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Interview With Thriller Author Norb Vonnegut

BY , APRIL 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month former stockbroker turned financial blogger and thriller writer Norb Vonnegut releases his second novel, The Gods of Greenwhich. With this story Vonnegut, who is the cousin of deceased American literature legend Kurt, feeds our fears about the global market with his malicious power brokers. In this exclusive interview, Vonnegut chats with RT’s Web Editor Morgan Doremus about the state of America’s economy, some of the craziest Wall Street stunts he’s ever heard about and what readers can expect from him next!

Morgan Doremus: Financial negligence or even out-and-out larceny is topical in today’s ‘econopocalypse’. For some the failings of the men and women behind the scenes of the US market is a source of fascination, for others a frustration. What are your feelings towards what is happening today with America’s economy?


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Cozy Corner: Author Interview With Virginia Lowell On Her Sweet New Series

BY , APRIL 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we get a chance to chat with mystery author Virginia Lowell about her new series that kicks off with this month's Cookie Dough or Die. We knew we needed to get a special look at how Lowell cooked up this small town romp that will satisfy any mystery-lover with a sweet tooth!

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What were the easiest things about writing Cookie Dough or Die and what were the most challenging aspects of the story?
The easiest part was, of course, the cookies and cookie cutters. I loved writing scenes where I could sink into my senses and enjoy the tastes, the smells, the visual beauty of decorated cookies. It was great fun to research cookie cutters and imagine ways to use them in the mystery. The most challenging aspects…? I’d have to say, the suspect list— weaving together the characters and lives of potential murderers so that each might seem to have a convincing motive for killing an otherwise admirable victim.

Cookie Dough or Die has Olivia racing to uncover a killer and clear her good name after she is accused of murdering her mentor, Clarisse. Can you share the most valuable piece of advice Clarisse ever gave Olivia?
When Olivia was thinking about starting a business and wondering what she should sell, Clarisse told her, “Follow your loves. If you love cookie cutters, don’t sell lawn mowers.” So Olivia opened The Gingerbread House and found that her passion for cookie cutters gave her the energy and drive to keep going. It also helped her solve Clarisse’s murder.


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Author Interview: Rosemary Harris

BY , APRIL 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Mystery author Rosemary Harris continues her Dirty Business series with this month's Slugfest. This new mystery got 4 1/2 stars from RT and today the author chats with RT's Managing Editor Liz French about writing what she calls "suburban noir" mysteries, her heroine Paula and the role that Harris' experience as a master gardener plays in these books.

Rosemary Harris On Her Mysteries >>

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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Author Chat With Coulter, Adair and Hurwitz

BY Whitney Sullivan, APRIL 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

There are millions of memorable moments at the RT Booklovers Convention every year, but one of the standout panels that I attended this year was the Author Chat with Catherine Coulter, Cherry Adair and Gregg Hurwitz. The three authors candidly spoke about their writing, books, careers and lives in this special hour-long session.

With Coulter's background as thriller and historical romance author, the contemporary and paranormal romantic suspense perspective from Cherry Adair and Gregg Hurwitz's experiences producing/screenwriting and writing mysteries, each author brought different ideas to the discussion. And that was even before they started taking questions from the audience!


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RT BOOKLovers Convention 2011: Author Chat With Dean Koontz

BY , APRIL 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

This morning readers were treated to a special author chat with the elusive author Dean Koontz. RT's Stacey Agdern shares her favorite moments of the chat.

Those who had the chance to listen to Dean Koontz speak at this years RT convention got a treat. Koontz is a charming man, who seemed to take the slings and arrows he’s faced as an author over the long years of his publishing career with good humor.

In fact, Koontz’s theme for his presentation was shattering the myths of the glorious things that are supposed to happen to an author once they are published. It’s a theme that has been discussed many times during different workshops at the conference, but Koontz’s descriptions of what can, and does, go wrong during an author’s career sounded much like a scene out of a National Lampoons’ or Mel Brooks' movie.

Koontz talked about the craziness of the first time he was sent out on a book tour with humor and grace, but the underlying idea was that they are hard work. It is gratifying to meet fans, but exhausting. And yet recalling an instance of finding a gem of a restaurant in an unexpected place in San Francisco brought a smile to his face all these years later.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Start Your Morning With A Cup Of Mystery

BY , APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

There's nothing like starting out the day with a bit of intrigue. And at the Mystery Chix & Private Dix Morning Mystery there were mystery-minded folks out in force! Fans of the genre got to spend some time with some of the top names in mystery over a light breakfast and refreshments. Authors came out from all corners of the mystery genre. From suspense author Rick Mofina to Carole Nelson Douglas who writes the cat detective Midnight Louie, historical mystery author Rhys Bowen to romantic suspense's Allison Brennan, and even television writers William Link and Lee Goldberg got in on the action.

A few of the morning's mystery chix and private dix

We got into the spirit of this morning mixer by asking some of the famous mischief makers in attendance who they turn to when they want to get a mystery chix or private dix reading fix. Here's what they had to say:


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