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Inferno on Fifth by Marlie Wasserman

Inferno on Fifth by Marlie Wasserman

I'm welcoming back Marlie Wasserman, historical fiction crime writer, who has a wonderful new book out from Level Best Books. Her new novel is inspired by an 1899 New York City fire at a luxury hotel in Manhattan. Historical crime fiction includes both novels set in a...

The Circle of …a Mystery Series by Susan Van Kirk

The Circle of …a Mystery Series by Susan Van Kirk

Twelve years ago, when I began writing my Endurance Mysteries, I was just starting to write novels, and I continued the series as I thought of new directions. Not knowing that there was such a thing as a character arc or series arc, I continued that series as new...

Rumors of Her Death by Josh Donellan

Rumors of Her Death by Josh Donellan

Whenever I tell someone I’m a writer, the question I’m most commonly asked is: ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ The question supposes that ideas are phantasmal, evanescent creatures that can be plucked from the aether with the correct combination of lures and...

Flawed Characters or Flawed Writing? by Ivanka Fear

Flawed Characters or Flawed Writing? by Ivanka Fear

As a writer, I create characters. Or perhaps, bits of them already exist in my memories and my everyday encounters, and they need me to piece together the puzzle, bringing them to life as new personalities. Although it’s nice to have a mental image of them as flesh...