I have been an avid fan of Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano series since the first novel was translated into English by Stephen Sartarelli. Montalbano’s impudence in the face of self-serving bureaucrats has always been entertaining. Most plots were intricate and well resolved. The descriptions of Sicilian seafood specialties often sent me to my cookbooks in fruitless…… Continue reading Riccardino: A novel way to end a series
As I told a fellow writer a few days ago, the more I edit, the more crap I find. This is my eighth swing at this scene. But I swear this is coming along and will soon be ready to share with potential agents.
Amazon has a new platform in beta-testing called Vella. It is a throwback to the way Charles Dickens and others used to write, publishing each chapter of a book in a newspaper in serial format. Throw in a social media layer—readers can “favorite” stories, which earns the writer extra income—and you have the platform in…… Continue reading A new story platform
ProWritingAid is hosting a week-long virtual event for those of us who write crime and thriller novels. Eleven events are scheduled from Monday, April 19 through Thursday, April 22, with three additional events on Friday for those who subscribe to ProWritingAid. Free events include advice from writers, editors and publishers on plotting, editing, getting published,…… Continue reading Free “Crime Writer’s Week”
I’m close to completing the final draft of my next novel. I’m just weeding out a few echoes. For those who don’t understand what that means, I’m weeding out echoes to remove any echoes.