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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Serial Killer Couples: Madness Shared by Two

Serial Killer Couples

The French term “folie á deux” means “a madness shared by two.” That certainly seems to fit serial killer couples, especially those where one partner transmits their psychosis to the other. However, in many cases, neither partner exhibited any psychopathic tendencies until they met their partner, and it was their shared…

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Crime Writing: Exceptions to Search Warrants

As crime writers, it’s crucial we get our facts right. Recently, I was approached by a police officer who loves the work I’m doing here, on the blog. To say I was honored by his kind words would be the biggest understatement since President Clinton said, “I did not have sex with…

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Rhythmic Beats… Fiction Writing

Sentence rhythm

You may have noticed I’ve been absent lately. To meet my deadline I’ve had to pull away from social media while I work on my first rounds of edits for Marred, design my cover with the art department, and write my tagline and jacket blurb. It’s an exciting time, but I also…

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It’s Official… I Did It!

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement, fear, anxiety, angst, and overwhelming joy all rolled into one enormous feeling of upheaval. Why? Because I landed a publishing deal for my novel MARRED!!! Now that the legal issues are out-of-the-way, the contract signed and sent back, I…

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