Breaking Down Assault Crimes: From Investigation to Timeline

Houston, TX Attorney Greg Tsioros contacted me a few weeks ago. When I read his breakdown of assault crimes, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. If you’re writing about cops, criminals, or lawyers, this post offers fantastic information. For non-writers, I think you’ll also find it fascinating. Enjoy!…

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What Happens Inside a Police Helicopter?

What Happens Inside a Police Helicopter?

You may have noticed I haven’t been as active as I usually am, both here on the blog and on social media. That’s because I’ve been tucked inside my writer’s cave, finally nearing the end of a massive workload. Several projects are completed; only one remains unfinished for a few more…

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Crime Writer Style

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Crime Writer Style

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a corpse was breathing, not even their spouse; Nylon stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that the police would not find them there; The live victims were nestled all snug in their restraints; While visions…

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Research: In Search of the Answers to Questions Unknown*

Today, Mystery Novelist Margot Kinberg visits Murder Blog to discuss how she does her research. Regular readers of the blog might remember Margot from her post Untrue Crime.  I always find other writers’ process fascinating, especially when it comes to research. Welcome, Margot! Thanks very much for hosting me, Sue. Folks, you don’t…

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Through The Eyes of a Crime Writer

Through the eyes of a crime writer

Crime writers tend to have sinister imaginations. We have to. It goes with the gig. And sometimes, we teeter on the edge of paranoia, at the intersection of Malevolent Row and Completely Mad Drive. Evil lurks in the shadows, contempt lie in wait in the weeds. When our inner crime writer takes over, the…

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9 Ways To Build Suspense ~ Fiction Writing

9 Ways to Build Suspense

Last month, Staci Troilo wrote a fantastic post for Story Empire about four elements of a horror story. Which inspired this post. (UPDATE: This post inspired another Story Empire post. This time by Craig Boyack. Be sure to check it out!) I don’t write horror. Many readers think I do. But…

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Police Call Signs: How To Use Them In Your Fiction Writing

Police Call Signs

Chrys Fey, my guest today, certainly did her homework when she decided to use police call signs in her latest novel, 30 Seconds to Die. When writers research, their stories ring more true-to-life. I’ve built this blog with this notion in mind…to help save you time, and Chrys certainly delivers with this…

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Badass In Heels: Incapacitate Your Attacker

Badass in Heels: Thumb Gouge

While I’m busy editing/rewriting two sequels and attending book readings/signings I asked Officer X to add to my Badass In Heels series. Officer X is an active federal agent, which is why I protect his identity. Regular followers of the blog might remember his series: Crime Writer Boot Camp where…

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