When you read a good thriller, you’re probably trying to figure out whodunit right along with the detective or private eye. But are you overlooking one of the major clues? The way a victim is killed can tell you a lot about the person doing the killing. Find out what the crime fiction murder… Continue Reading The Crime Fiction Murder Weapon »Read More
Posts Tagged: crime novels
Crime Fiction Vacations
With Memorial Day around the corner, you’re probably already dreaming of summer vacation – and all that time to catch up on your thriller reading list. Reading a good mystery book on the beach is hard to beat – but you could kick it up a notch with a crime fiction vacation. These destinations… Continue Reading Crime Fiction Vacations »Read More
Habits of Successful Writers
What does it take to become not only a published fiction author, but also a successful one? The short answer involves the usual platitudes about commitment and determination. While those are certainly important, it takes more than that. Successful writers have developed good writing habits. It’s really no different than a successful athlete or… Continue Reading Habits of Successful Writers »Read More
Criminals That Are Too Dumb for Fiction
We’ve all heard the saying, “Truth is stranger than fiction,” and, often, it’s true. Mark Twain explains further by pointing out that “…fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t. And, real life has a way of proving Mr. Twain’s point over and over again. Today, I’m sharing some true crime stories with you… Continue Reading Criminals That Are Too Dumb for Fiction »Read More
Does Crime Fiction Inspire Copycat Violence?
There’s an ongoing debate about whether or not crime fiction causes copycat violence. It’s not likely something that we can prove empirically one way or another, but it definitely makes for interesting conversation. I came across a post about this subject by Suzanne Lieurance over at The Working Writer’s Club website that discusses this in… Continue Reading Does Crime Fiction Inspire Copycat Violence? »Read More
Crime Investigations with Social Media – Fuzzy Legal Lines
As a best selling crime author, I try to keep up with trends in law enforcement. Whether I make use of these trends in my crime novels or not isn’t important. But it is important that I know about them and understand them. Increasingly, law enforcement officers are using social media for their crime investigations…. Continue Reading Crime Investigations with Social Media – Fuzzy Legal Lines »Read More
Top 10 Author Stereotypes
Even though we’re told not to stereotype groups of people, we do it all the time. When someone mentions the word “attorney”” to you, a certain image probably pops up in your mind – typically a man with a briefcase and confident, almost dismissive, demeanor. But you and I both know that a great… Continue Reading Top 10 Author Stereotypes »Read More
Why Is Crime Fiction the Most Popular Genre?
Do you have a dark habit? A private passion for bloodshed, violence, suspense, and mystery? If you’re nodding your head, then you’re not alone. So why do we love to read about the murderers and serial killers, gangs and mafia bosses? It seems that murder and the sometimes-convoluted motives behind it fascinate us whether… Continue Reading Why Is Crime Fiction the Most Popular Genre? »Read More
Can Reading Fiction Make You Healthier?
People who don’t read are missing out on the health benefits of reading fiction. Of course, you’d expect an author of crime novels to say something like that. But it’s true. There’s increasing scientific evidence that reading might improve mental and physical health. I’ve written a couple of posts in the past about this. Check… Continue Reading Can Reading Fiction Make You Healthier? »Read More
Does an Author Always Need to Please Readers?
Of course, as an author, I always hope my readers enjoy my books and that they feel satisfied with the final conflict resolution that comes about at the end of each story. If you’re an avid reader, you’re certain to be disappointed with the ending of a book written by one of your favorite authors… Continue Reading Does an Author Always Need to Please Readers? »Read More