A Tribute to Writers #ShareTheLove

A Tribute to Writers

Writers inspire, arouse, support, and even enrage … but no one can call us boring. For our readers we’ve watched bodies decompose at the Body Farm, witnessed autopsies and the miracle of childbirth. We’ve delved into twisted minds and nearly drowned in swirling questions of Why? or What if? We’ve…

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Crows Never Forget a Face

Blessed Mayhem

Crows are amazing birds. While writing BLESSED MAYHEM, I researched them extensively, and became so intrigued I longed to befriend a crow of my own. Let’s backtrack a bit so you can see why I became so enthralled, and then we’ll move on to the bizarre events unfolding in my…

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Real Life Trauma Inspired a #1 Best-Seller

HACKED by Sue Coletta

Years ago, I experienced a terrifying hell ride when the gas pedal on my Ford Explorer stuck wide-open while I drove Rte. 125 during rush hour traffic. Two days later, I received a recall notice in the mail. Little good it did me then. The experience remains as fresh as…

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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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Sharing the Love in the Writing Community

Before I start sharing the love in the writing community, I’m thrilled to announce that I have two reference guides available. This officially makes me a hybrid author. Yay! 60 Ways to Murder Your Characters, which many of you have, is now available. But I’ve made it even better. On this blog…

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Snarky Characters: Love Them or Hate Them?

Snarky characters: love them or hate them?

Do you need a squeaky clean protagonist? What about a protagonist who’s on the wrong side of the law? Yesterday, I finished Wings of Mayhem and sent it in to my publisher (as I told you in my last post, Writing Detectives: Learn from a Pro). Once I finished the last-minute…

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What Happens Inside an Autopsy Suite?

The autopsy suite is a mysterious place to those of us who don’t work behind the scenes. You could tour an autopsy suite with groups like Mystery Writers of America or Sisters in Crime, both of which I highly recommend. Otherwise we’re on our own. For readers and writers alike, I…

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The Serial Killer

serial killer quote by BTK

Serial killers are wildly popular in crime fiction. Why do you think that is? Perhaps it’s because they’re complicated creatures, and deliciously naughty. We, as writers, are told never to make our antagonist (villain) all bad, or our protagonist (hero) all good. That is certainly true of Dr. Hannibal Lector, played by Mads…

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