They wrote the book : thirteen women mystery writers tell all /
Helen Windrath, editor.
Duluth, Minn. : Spinsters Ink, c2000.
ii, 134 p. ; 22 cm.
1883523354 (alk. paper)
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Duluth, Minn. : Spinsters Ink, c2000.
1883523354 (alk. paper)
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Agatha Award, USA, 2001 : Nominated
Benjamin Franklin Award, USA, 2001 : Nominated
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-06-01:
Given her track record in publishing women's crime fiction, Windrath, senior commissioning editor and rights manager at the Women's Press in England, is well qualified to pull together this collection of essays (all but one of them original) about writing mysteries. The essays, written by such well-known mystery writers as Val McDermid, Marcia Muller, Abigail Padgett, and Barbara Paul, focus on different aspects of the writing process, e.g., research, character development, plot pacing, and creating atmosphere. Starting with Penny Summer's humorously autobiographical "Beginning at the Beginning" and concluding with Paul's thoughtful "Putting an End to the Mystery," each piece entertains as well as illuminates the motivations, frustrations, challenges, and pleasures afforded by this genre. Though the concluding "Contributors Notes" offer some biographical information about the 13 writers, a bibliography for each would have been useful as well. Although the volume is slim, the writing is excellent and should find a wide audience among aspiring writers and mystery and crime aficionados.DDenise S. Sticha, Seton Hill Coll., Greensburg, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Table of Contents
Beginning at the Beginningp. 1
Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice ... Character Creation and Developmentp. 13
Hunting the Galosh: The Business of Researchp. 25
From Rough Idea to Final Draft: Some Thoughts on Plotp. 39
Partners in Crime: Developing a Series Characterp. 49
Aiding and Abetting: Decisions about Stylep. 59
Through the Door with a Gun in His Hand: Creating and Maintaining Pacep. 65
Writing the Villain in Crime Fictionp. 75
The Wrong Way: My Approach to Plot, Process and Endingsp. 83
Midnights Dreary: Creating Atmosphere and Suspensep. 91
A Sense of Placep. 101
From Sidekicks to Sword-Swallowers: Unravelling the Mystery of Supporting Charactersp. 111
Putting an End to the Mysteryp. 121
Contributors' Notesp. 131
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