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Travis McGee and bass-ackward sense of place

Posted by on Aug 6, 2008 in Conway Sax, Writing |

It’s almost axiomatic these days that detective series must feature a strong sense of place, a locale that serves as a character. Spenser = Boston; Elvis Cole = Los Angeles; Burke = New York City. And it stands to reason that this sense of place must be established right from the start. If the series takes hold, there’ll be plenty of time down...

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Gorging on mysteries

Posted by on Jul 23, 2008 in Palaver, Writing |

As a quick glance to the right demonstrates, my Recently read list is all mysteries, while my TBR stack is nonfiction. Reason: I don’t like to read fiction while I’m writing it. It’s too easy to slip into somebody else’s voice. I can point at a couple of sentences in my first novel and tell you with dead certainty that when I wrote...

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