You can read my review of Rally ‘Round the Corpse. It’s a pretty great book, you can buy it here.
And, I hope you read and enjoy this interview as much as I did!
Adventures Mystery series? (Also, how long can we expect the series to be?)
electronic devices that no longer exist, including Clue VCR, a popular game
back in the mid-80s.
content would be successful. I was asked
by Prodigy (an early version of AOL) to write a mystery serial with a different
chapter every day and a different mystery every month. The result was “Abel Adventures”, with Tom
Abel, a character similar to Amy Abel, who led adventure tours around the world. This idea always stayed with me, even though
the original stories have been lost to time – and a few computer crashes.
concept. But of course it all depends on
the popularity of the first two.
other hand, what is your worst experience as a writer?
spent on “Monk”. To be with great, funny writers every day and
churning out a hit TV show… There’s
nameless, hired me to turn one of their teenage sitcoms into a TV movie. Their style was to ignore all my sincere requests
for feedback and then suddenly micromanage.
“No, that’s not what we wanted.
What made you think that?” I
quit, the only time I quit a job, and went to work for “White Collar” instead.
before it finally got filmed.
to remember” when writing a mystery? What is the biggest mistake, according to
you, that a mystery writer could make?
- Pay attention to
logic. Mystery fans want it to all
- Action isn’t as important
in a book as it is in a movie, e.g. don’t spend ten pages describing a
fight or a car chase.
- Don’t be afraid of atmosphere. There’s a reason why Swedish mysteries
- Give your characters
different voices. They shouldn’t
all talk like you.
- As Elmore Leonard said,
“Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.” How did Cary Grant get off Mount
Rushmore at the end of “North by Northwest”? We don’t know and we don’t care.
outline before starting. If your story
has good bones to begin with, it will tell you where to go next.
genre has evolved over the years?
to be, with great characters and great atmosphere. The detectives are darker and the crimes more
imaginative and gruesome. With the
exception of cozies, it takes itself much more seriously than it used to.
anyone with a murderous thought has a book out there, competing for the same
eyeballs and wallets. Remember, a free
e-book is not free. You pay for it with
wasted hours and annoyance.