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February 26, 2017

Mystery Musings
An editor's reflection on an enduringly popular genre of fiction

Mysteries are more popular today than ever, hogging bestseller lists year after year—taking up about half the spots unless you include pure thrillers (I don’t), in which case the percentage is higher. The variety of today’s mysteries is mind-boggling, ranging from the manor-house murder committed and solved over […]
April 27, 2016
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Writing Mysteries
Guides, tips, and recommended reading for mystery writers

A quick word of caution to the aspiring mystery writer… For its enduring popularity as a genre, mystery is a surprisingly tough genre to break into for new writers, and in some respects one of the hardest genres to write. This is in part due to the procedural […]
April 13, 2016

What We Can Learn From Lee Child & Jack Reacher
A lesson in handling exposition in mystery/suspense from a master

Exposition: a discourse of information. Often necessary, but also challenging to handle skillfully. In an earlier post for mystery writers, I talked a little bit about the value of resisting the urge to lecture your readers on what you might have learned in the course of researching your […]
December 10, 2013

Author Andy Gavin Tackles the Wild Adventure of Time Travel in Untimed

Video game designer, polymath, and author of acclaimed debut novel The Darkening Dream, Andy Gavin has been thinking about time travel for decades. His newest book, young adult adventure Untimed, explores travelling through the time continuum. Says Gavin, “Untimed began from a fusion of ideas. Lingering in my mind for […]