Friday, July 5, 2019

Inspirational Indie Authors: Adam Croft Explores the Mind in Psychological Thrillers #michiganmurderandmayhem

Today the theme is crime and the human mind. What if you were falsely accused of a murder? Our guest is one of the most-popular authors of British crime fiction today, Adam Croft, who is also a leading self-published author. I don’t know why this is, but I cannot get enough crime mystery.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Is Your Character Safe at Work? Violence in the Workplace 101 for Writers and Other Curious Folks #michiganmurderandmayhem

This information was obtained through my participation in Citizens Police Academy.

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If you're a writer, you're busily putting your heroine at risk. Perhaps the place where she feels comfortable and happy, at work, can turn out to be a nightmare.

Let's get a shared definition of what could be encompassed in workplace violence:

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Michigan Sisters in Crime Newsletter June 2019 @MI_Sinc #sinc Events & Updates @ #Michiganmurderandmayhem

June 2019 Newsletter

So far this year, we've had a write-in at Detroit Institute of Arts, presentations by best-selling authors Lori Rader-Day (soon to be president of SinC National) and L.A. Chandlar, and our first critique group meeting! Much more to come in 2019. Read on and keep writing!

Michigan Sisters in Crime Events and News

Saturday, June 8, MI-SinC hosted its first monthly critique group, led by Cindy Harrison. Read all about it here
The critique group will meet the second Saturday of each month. Come to as many or few as you wish. About ten days before the meeting, Cindy will send an email to all members with information. Hope to see you at the July meeting!

Save the dates

July 13 - Next Critique Group Meeting
July 27 - Private Investigators and Writers Police Academy presenters Jill Goffin and Colleen Belongea will present "Under the Trenchcoat - An Introspective Look into Private Investigations." Registration for this awesomelook into case studies, techiques, and tools, coming soon!!
Sep. 28 - Elizabeth Buzzelli, author of thirteen mystery novels and fiction writing instructor at Northern Michigan College, will discuss how NOT to get an agent, how TO get published, what a novel MUST include, and aspects of the strange life of a writer.
Links from L.A. Chandlar's May 18th Presentation
These are the links Laurie Chandlar promised during her presention to MI-SinC:

Strengths Finder Reports and Information:
 Enneagram Institute (for more information, high end testing options, etc) :
 Current favorite blog on writing and career:
 The writing blogging group where I’m a partner:
 Great Branding site:  By Damon Suede if you ever get a chance to hear him! 
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Saturday, June 22, 2019

The First Two Chapters of Cold Dark Lies via #MichLit Author, @donald_levin #crimewriter #thriller #bookpromo #excerpt #motownwriters #michiganmurderandmayhem

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This week’s blog post is a teaser: the first two chapters of the latest Martin Preuss mystery, Cold Dark Lies.
The ideas for the book go back a long way. As in all the novels, the final version braids together several strands that come from “real” life. The main plot thread comes from an article I read in a Detroit newspaper many years ago about an auto executive from Bloomfield Hills who was found dead in one of the no-tell motels in Ferndale. It was a minor blip in the news day, but it stuck with me all this time. I was intrigued by the dissonance between his privileged, upper-middle class existence and his desire (or need) to take a walk on the wild side at the skeevy motel, with tragic results for himself and the family he must have left behind.
The idea for one of the subplots in the book comes from a student who came to talk to me once about a research study she was undertaking to find out if she was really related to a criminal gang in Detroit in the 1920s, as family lore had insisted.
As always, by the time both of these threads made it to the final version, I had changed much—characters, situations, names, details, circumstances, motivations, and so on. Then I set it all in an imaginary context consistent with a mystery story—so I made up lots of bad actors, bad actions, and events that didn’t happen . . . but that could have. 
At first, I imagined the motel guy as a character in a poem called “The Secret Life,” but I knew there was more to the story than the poem could explore. When I started thinking about the next book in the series after An Uncertain Accomplice, I took the story out of my back pocket where I had kept it all these years and started thinking about using it in a Preuss mystery.
This is pretty typical of how I’ve been working with these books. Only in the first book, Crimes of Love, did I make up the inciting episode; in all the rest, I started out with a situation I knew about either because somebody told me the story or I read about it somewhere. (Henry James’s advice to writers: “Try to be one of those on whom nothing is lost.”) After that, it was a matter of imaginatively transforming the original real inciting situations to make them fit with my own purposes and the demands of the plots.
So here’s the beginning of how that process turned out in Cold Dark Lies. Enjoy!
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Join A Critique Group via @CynthiaHarriso1 with @mi_sinc #Michigan #Sinc #writingcommunity

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Calling all Michigan Mystery Writers! Michigan Sisters in Crime has started a new critique group. It’s for mystery writers, and you need to be a member to participate. We meet once a month for two hours at a restaurant in Troy close to I-75. There were four of us at the first meeting. We came from Ann Arbor, Lake Orion, Clarkston and Washington Twp. It was a great success.
Critique groups are great motivators. I’m on fire to write the best pages of my life for this group. Any member of Michigan Sisters in Crime is welcome to attend. You don’t have to be there for every meeting. Summer is busy time. Still, if you’re writing a mystery novel, even a short story, even if it’s your first one, the critique group is a free perk of membership.
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