As the author of three books on Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, including a ‘how to’ write a thriller, called Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Masterclass, I was naturally inspired by his stories when writing my mystery thriller, Ghost Maven, about a teenage girl who falls in love with a ghost in Monterey Bay, California.
Please Welcome Michele Cobb Executive Director of the The Audio Publishers Association (APA).
Before I begin let me give a tremendous thank you for asking me to do a guest comment. Venues like this let a writer connect to his readers and potential new ones. I hope, after reading this one, no one regrets this offer to me.
I also think introductions are in order before I tackle this subject. My name is L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella. I write the Mark Julian Vampire PI and the Max, Brad & Maisie mystery series. Yes, that is a plug just in case anyone reading that line was unsure about it.
How Can It Be Real?
As an author of supernatural thrillers, it’s a question I’ve heard a time or two before.
In my experience, the single most important aspect of good storytelling is what I call the “Reality Factor.” We’ve all read a book, seen a movie, that should have worked but didn’t. There are a ton of factors that may contribute to its failure, but at the core, I’m confident you’ll find a lack of reality as the main culprit.
UNCOVERING THE UNDERWORLD
When I began planning my historic gangster vampire novel Drawing Dead, I knew that I was in for a lot of research. However, what surprised me was the amount of digging and sifting through contradictory information I had to do. I’d always been interested in the gangsters of the 1920s and 30s, and I thought I had a fairly solid grip on the major figures of the period.
Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching
International Audio Book Giveaway Enter LIVE NOW. Multiple MTW authors want to give you a chance to listen to a wonderfully narrated audio version of their books. So much so that they have offered to give away copies to fans regardless of where you have an Amazon account! Sign up for your chance to win one of 18 copies of 8 titles by MTW authors and narrator.
Mystery Thriller Week Quiz Answer LIVE NOW. Test your MTW acumen and answer questions about the event to win a prize. Google won’t help you with this one!
Progressive Story Read LIVE NOW. Take part in a one-of-a-kind mystery as written and told by bloggers from around the world. Each quick stop provides you a snip-it of an honest to goodness WHODUNIT. Even the writers don’t know who the killer will end up being. Be sure to cast your vote at the end and claim your immediate prize.
Crossword Puzzles Learn about the authors, bloggers, and specialists of Mystery Thriller Week 2017.
Puzzle #1 – LIVE NOW. Prize awarded by random drawing.
Puzzle #2 – LIVE NOW. Prize awarded by random drawing.
Scored MTW Trivia Enter LIVE NOW Tax your brain and try your hand at daily mysterious and thrilling trivia questions. Start brushing up now for your chance to earn the most points by the end of MTW. There may just be…[wait for it, wait for it]…a prize.
Who Am I? Enter LIVE NOW Read a daily book excerpt to guess it’s historical author. How literary are you? How well do you know the Mystery and Thriller geniuses that paved the way for us? Submit your answers on a form and win a prize every day.
Sign up as a SUPER FAN HERE to win daily book prizes from MTW Authors.
Daily winners for MTW Fan of the Day, MTW Facebook Fan of the Day, and MTW Twitter Fan of the Day.
MTW Super Fans of the Day LIVE NOW Check back daily to see if you are the next Mystery Thriller Week SUPER FAN of the day. Each day new MTW Super Fans will be posted and win a prize. We adore our fans and want to show you the love!
MTW Twitter Fan of the Day LIVE NOW Check back daily to see if you are the next Mystery Thriller Week TWITTER SUPER FAN of the day. Each day a new Twitter Super Fan will be Tweeted out and win a prize. We adore our fans and want to show you the love!
Daily Surprise Facebook Fans Giveaway LIVE NOW Check Facebook often to see if you are the next Mystery Thriller Week FACEBOOK SUPER FAN of the day. Each day a new Facebook Super Fans will be posted and win a prize. We adore our fans and want to show you the love!
There is nothing so annoying as reading a book or watching a movie and finding inaccuracies in things like police and courtroom procedures. I am not a pedant but I prefer accuracy in my own writing and that of others, whether the result is within the pages or up on the screen.
As a former UK detective and a barrister, trial counsel to Americans but we got to wear those wigs and gowns, I have an advantage in my own writing to portray accuracy.
So how does a crime writer without the same advantage set about achieving accuracy?
Introducing the Newsmakers Series