Wednesday, December 16, 2009
All the killing and mayhem going on in your brain, how do you sleep? You have me on tenterhooks! V.
Someone asked me this a while ago when I initially published Stone's Revenge back in 2004. Matter of fact, the reader called me in the middle of the morning and asked me the same question.
Oddly enough, I had laid the rough draft for Stone's Revenge when I was only sixteen. William was one of the first dark ominous characters I created and he still scares me to this day.
Similar questions posed to me are, were you abused as a child, did you get bullied a lot, and so on...
All the answers to those were no and how do I sleep? Good when there's not a story in my head bursting to get out or a great big migraine irritating the hell out of me.
In Xavier and William's case, both abused by parents when they were a child, I can't really explain to you how I can imagine something so terrible. Raised by my father, the only abuse was those old style barn yard whoopings and 99% were justified because of bad grades, pestering the siblings or disobedience. The one percent I personally think my siblings lied on me just to get me in trouble.
Other than that, the man (my father) was a regular dictatorship father back in the day that had the chore of raising four girls.
My mother is the epitome of support for me and my imagination. Though she left when I was ten, she still was encouraging and wonderful. Never have changed a bit and I love her to death.
So you still wonder how could a nice girl like me imagine all the gory, horrible things like this?
I remember how I imagined William. It was shortly after the Dahmer killings and the country was outrage. I don't know if anyone else knows during that time, they also caught the World's worst serial killer over in Russia as well.
PBS ran this documentary for several weeks on serial killers and the workings of them. My father was a PBS nut. I saw the whole gambit of them and inner workings of how and why.
On top of that, my mother had introduced me to a secret place most of my friends never tread ... the library. With a library card and the Edison Detroit Public Library Branch right down the street from my high school, at sixteen I was a serial killing reading fool and then I studied child abuse as well. Most of them were abused as children and they all ran the gambit of killing animals, hurting other people and finally killing where they were most familiar at before expanding and wanting more.
Some want to be caught and even know it becomes a sickness, like smoking.
Yeah, I know, I'm a great first date right.
I stop answering questions on dates when the guy will ask me, "Hey, you're a writer? What do you write?"
I'll flub out romance in a squeaky little voice because when I start really talking about what I'm writing, I never hear from them again.
Surprisingly only three men I've dated have actually read what I write.
That's really sad isn't it?
Hence, I don't really have a lot of deep relationships with guys.
You tell me how do you share the fact that I love to read about poisons and killings and stuff like that. (Did you know it's believed women invented poisons). I'm a CSI nut. Not just because of how they figured out the crime, but because the intentions and motives of the killer.
There are so many ways and motives to kill people, I'm clearly fascinated by it.
Personally, I sleep about five to six hours a day. Up from the four I used to do about two years ago. (I'm getting older). I figure by forty I'll be doing the regular eight hours with no problems unless I have a story to tell or several migraines.
I also guess that's why I stay in Detroit (Murder Capital of the USA).
All in all, I'm bad on paper to be good in life.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Xavier Preston is tall, dark, and handsome, and the problem is that he knows it. He's a bestselling author who is accustomed to adoring female fans, both young and old, flirting with him, throwing themselves shamelessly at him, and trying to get between more than the covers of his novels. He has always been more than willing to accommodate their needs and desires; however, his womanizing days have finally ended. He's engaged to a beautiful woman, Kendall, and he's decided to walk the straight and narrow. Or has he?
Think you know what goes on behind the literary scene? Think again
The self-proclaimed, Queen of Real, Electa has been a frequent guest on radio shows, has been nominated for many industry awards and has been interviewed by newspapers, AOL's Black Voices, Vibe Vixen, Upscale Magazine, Today's Black Woman, Rolling Out and Booking Matters, to name just a few. With a BA degree in marketing and a minor in sociology, she is following her true passion and working on her next novel.
Electa Rome Parks author of:
-Ladies' Night Out (Penguin Group/NAL)
-Almost Doesn't Count (Penguin Group/NAL)
-Loose Ends (Penguin Group/NAL)
-The Ties That Bind (Penguin Group/NAL)
-These Are My Confessions (HarperCollins/Avon Red)
Monday, October 19, 2009
"Isadore's Secret" by Traverse City author Mardi Link offers a gripping, mesmerizing look at an intriguing, gruesome crime that place in a small northern Michigan town over a century ago.
It examines the mysterious disappearance of Sister Janine, a young nun, in the summer of 1907. Her body was discovered buried in the basement of her church over a decade later.
Although the book opens with a teaser, focusing on the discovery of the skeletal bones, it smoothly goes back and explores the history of the controversial case. The author begins with background information about Sister Janine's past, relating views on the nun's duties and work situation.
Link deftly examines the close association of the nun with the church's priest, Father Andrew Bieniawski as well her relationship with her physician, Dr. George Fralick. Sister Janine's sudden disappearance caused quite a stir and a huge concentrated search effort was coordinated.
Many residents of the local Polish community and nearby townspeople joined in the hunt but had no success. A bloodhound and his keeper had similar luck; Father Andrew offered a handsome reward.
Rumors abounded – some said Sister Janine had left the area with a man, other implied that she had returned home to members of her family.
Father Andrew was considered innocent – he was on a fishing trip when Sister Janine turned up missing. But Stanislawa "Stella" Lipczynska, his longtime housekeeper, was under suspicion. She had distinctly negative opinions about Sister Janine and her bad influence upon Father Andrew.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
|If you want to relax by the fireplace in a comfortable chair with an enjoyable cozy mystery, here's a quick look at a pair of new books that should be just right. |
Each novel is set in a small Michigan town, showcasing frustrated amateur sleuth and is part of a likable ongoing series.
"Dead Floating Lovers" by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli (Midnight Ink, $14.95) is the second novel starring Emily Kincaid, frustrated author and part-time journalist.
The paperback sequel to "Dead Dancing Women" brings back Deputy Dolly Wakowski, who asks for Kincaid's help when she discovers a body.
The receding water level of a nearby local lake has revealed a body, complete with a bullet hole in the skull, and an item that may link it to her long-missing husband.
Members of the Odawa Indian tribe observe the discovery. And when the body is identified, they want to make sure she gets a proper Indian burial.
As Dolly and Kincaid investigate, other clues surface, as does another body, which causes all kind of complications.
Buzzelli, a creative writing instructor at Northwestern Michigan College, has created a satisfying tale with a lot of local color, deftly exploring uneasy relationships and deadly situations. Click here to visit the author's website.
"The Chocolate Cupid Killings" by JoAnna Carl (Obsidian, $21.95) is the ninth in her popular series featuring chocoholic Lee McKinney Woodyard, who runs TenHuis Chocolate in the small fictitious Michigan town of Warner Pier.
She's approached by Derrick Valentine, a private detective from Georgia who's seeking information about a new employee. The woman is part of a secret underground railroad-type of organization that's helping abused women.
Valentine soon turns up dead. Woodyard's aunt Nettie is discovered holding the murder weapon and more challenges arise.
When you throw in a violent Detroit mobster, a sneaky CEO under investigation, secretive cops and much more, you've got a fascinating tale that Agatha Christie lovers should enjoy. Woodyard does a lot of research, trying to figure out what's going on.
Her boat-building husband, who's also the city attorney, has other problems; another body surfaces and both are put in a perilous situation.
JoAnna Carl, the pseudonym for mystery writer Eve K. Sandstrom, is in fine form, offering more tasty chocolate trivia as well as entertaining mystery faire.
Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing's Curious Book Shop, has reviewed crime novels and noir thrillers regularly since 1987. This article first appeared in the Lansing State Journal. Visit www.curiousbooks.com
Monday, October 5, 2009
This is tomorrow, but what a neat program. I'm sure I am not the only one who reads books like the Kathy Reichs series so this would have a broad audience. It would make a great Halloween program for teens and adults.Posted by Karren Reish
Skeletons in the Closet
Hackley Public Library welcomes Dr. Stephen Cohle and Tobin Buhk on October 6th.
Based on his experiences of observing and assisting on more than 35 autopsies with Kent County, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen D. Cohle, and true-crime writer Tobin T. Buhk, recount riveting, real-life stories, each with an unique forensic twist.
For more information call 231-722-7276.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Friday, September 11, 2009
An expanding group of female writers is at the forefront of a literary cultural shift. As a result, the typical protagonist in today's mystery novels is no longer white and male. He, and more often, she may range from a Puerto Rican prosecutor to a Japanese gardener to an African-American schoolteacher.
Asian writer Naomi Hirahara, who has been writing stories since she was eight, says her early characters "were always white—usually blonde and blue-eyed." When a fourth-grade teacher encouraged her to write about characters more like herself, she initially resisted that advice. Later, in college, after reading about the reparations movement for Japanese-Americans held in detention centers during World War II, her perspective changed.
"Learning about that historic experience and also reading many Japanese and Japanese- American authors opened a door for me. I've been writing mostly Japanese-American or Japanese characters ever since. The main character of my mystery series, Mas Arai, was inspired by my father, who, as a gardener, got little respect from strangers. I wanted to rectify that in my series. Mas is now the hero."
In Hirahara's third Mas Arai mystery, SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN (a 2007 Edgar nominee in the paperback original category), Mas, an atomic bomb survivor, becomes entangled in a world of heartbreaking memories, deception, and murder that reaches from the islands of Okinawa to the streets of Los Angeles.
It was a desire to see a totally different kind of sleuth that prompted Angela Henry to pen her first novel. "I wanted to create a character that I'd yet to see in mystery fiction," says Henry, "a single, educated, young black woman who isn't a member of law enforcement, or a private eye, and doesn't live in a big city." In her third Kendra Clayton novel, DIVA'S LAST CURTAIN CALL, the small-town Ohio school teacher and reluctant sleuth is called on to solve the murder of a Hollywood diva and find her best friend, who has disappeared just days before her wedding.
Former federal prosecutor Michele Martinez turned to writing as an outlet after leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office, where she spent eight years prosecuting big-time drug dealers and notorious gang bangers. "I was looking to re-experience a career I loved in a different format, and my protagonist was my alter ego," says Martinez, author of NOTORIOUS.
Martinez and her protagonist, Melanie Vargas, have a lot in common. They are both mothers and lawyers, they both come from modest backgrounds and have high-powered educations. And both are half Puerto Rican.
"I'm trying to show a Latina professional going about her day-to-day life," Martinez says. "Being Latina is part of who Melanie Vargas is, but it doesn't define her any more than being a lawyer or being a mother does. Her culture is woven into the story in a seamless way intended to acquaint a wide readership with a smart, tough Latina professional."
Do these authors of color have a particular message that they want to communicate to readers? Definitely.
Hirahara seeks to communicate that "we are not monolithic. Many Americans mix up Japanese nationals with Japanese-Americans. I also try to depict Japanese-Americans as honestly as possible—our strengths but also our weaknesses."
This attempt at cultural honesty isn't always well received by the Japanese community. "When I write about gambling addictions and other secrets, some older Japanese-Americans feel that I'm airing our dirty laundry," Hirahara says. "But I feel that we should represent ourselves as whole human beings, not cardboard model minority stereotypes."
Neither Martinez nor Henry set out to create protagonists who are superwomen. "I'm trying to show a Latina professional going about her day-to-day life," Martinez says. "Her culture is woven into the story in a seamless way intended to acquaint a wide readership with a smart, tough Latina professional."
Henry echoes that sentiment. "Though my main character is a black woman, and sometimes deals with race-related issues, she also deals with all the same everyday issues that any other woman deals with. Job issues, relationship issues and family issues."
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Attorney Pamela Samuels Young is the author of the legal thrillers Murder on the Down Low, In Firm Pursuit and Every Reasonable Doubt. Buying Time coming Fall 2009. Visit her website at www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com
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Pamela Samuels Young is the Essence bestselling author of Murder on the Down Low, In Firm Pursuit, Every Reasonable Doubt and the forthcoming Buying Time. The former journalist and Compton native is the fiction writing expert for BizyMoms.com and is on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Murder on the Down Low raises awareness about HIV and AIDS in the African American community. Website: www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com
MURDER ON THE DOWN LOW by Pamela Samuels Young is an intense eye-opener!
A high-profile lawsuit erupts into chaos, revealing its place in a larger spree of violence in this scandalous tale of lust, lies, and vengeance. A brazen gunman is targeting prominent African American men on the streets of Los Angeles, and police are completely baffled.
At the same time, savvy big-firm attorney Vernetta Henderson and her outrageous sidekick, Special, lead the charge for revenge against a man whose deceit caused his fianceé's death.
For Special, hauling the man into court and suing him for wrongful death just isn’t good enough. While she exacts her own brand of justice, a shocking revelation connects the contentious lawsuit and the puzzling murders.
(Book info: ISBN-10: 0981562701; ISBN-13: 978-0981562704)
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"Murder on the Down Low is an entertaining read, filled with heart-pumping suspense. Pamela Samuels-Young weaves a sitting-on-the-edge of your seat plot that keeps you guessing and turning the pages!"
—Best-selling Author Victoria Christopher Murray, The Ex Files
Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he's about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems.
In Waverly's new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there's a catch. His clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they can collect a dime. Waverly then finds investors eager to advance them thousands of dollars—including a hefty broker's fee for himself—in exchange for a significant return on their investment once the clients take their last breath.
The stakes get higher when Waverly brokers the policy of the cancer-stricken wife of Lawrence Erickson, a high-powered lawyer who's bucking to become the next U.S. Attorney General. When Waverly's clients start dying sooner than they should, both Waverly and Erickson—who has some skeletons of his own to hide—are unwittingly drawn into a perilous web of greed, blackmail and murder.
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Monday, September 7, 2009
Lyle writes in a style that is easy for anyone to understand and not too technical. Who else but a mystery writer would enjoy reading the steps in doing an autopsy? You can in this book, Chapter 3, The Autopsy: A look Inside the Body. Want information on trace evidence? Chapter 15: Trace Evidence: Sweating the Small Stuff. When you read the chapter about trace evidence, you'll see how many mistakes some of the popular crime shows make. You do know I hope that most of that stuff isn't accurate. CSI's don't carry guns, they do not question suspects and they'd never tell the M.E. what to look for at an autopsy! Of course, if they proceeded the way real criminalists do, the shows wouldn't be half as exciting.
I found the last chapter in the book, Criminal Psychology: Assessing the Mind, to be especially interesting. More and more we rely on forensic psychologist to give us incites into the criminal mind. No longer are we satisfied to say that a person committed a crime because he or she was crazy. We want to know why these men, and women, commit crimes, what motivated them. I especially liked the blue-back grounded side-bars throughout the book citing real cases and telling how forensic helped solve the crime and convict the bad guys.
D.P. Lyle, M.D. is the Macavity Award winning and Edger® Award nominated author of non-fiction books, "Murder and Mayhem", and "Forensics and Fiction" as well as the thrillers, Devils Playground and Double Blind.
He has worked as a story and technical consultant with many published authors and with writers and producers of several popular television shows, including Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Cold Case, Peacemakers, House, Medium, and 1-800 Missing.
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Friday, September 4, 2009
|Murder Mystery and Crime fiction are the genre that is the most tackled by new writers that are stepping up to the base. Are you wondering how to write a mystery novel? If you have a goal to finish a mystery novel soon, then this article is for you. The lessons and techniques of writing a mystery novel can be applied to anyone and everyone.|
Whichever way you choose to present the mystery novel, we can think of at least two elements that are vital as you are writing that novel. You have characters and plot. When you first start writing that mystery novel, your mind could get so bogged down that you just walk away from that blank sheet of paper. We know this, because we have been there.
When writing a murder mystery novel, the starting of the novel should contain the development of the characters you have picked out to be in your novel. The plot is going to come later. Actually, the plot will come from one of the characters you have made in your novel.
You should think about the type of environment you are going to have in your murder mystery novel. Murder mysteries that are set during the 1930's have been done numerous of times, but they are very popular. There are hundreds of different situations that can come about in the plot. As an example, an office party, submarine, medieval banquet, a spaceship, Antarctic expedition, a cruise ship - the list an go on forever. Once you have picked out your place you are going to use for your mystery novel, you should start to think of a series of different characters. For instance, you pick a captain, that captain needs to have a backstroke to him. Let's write him as being an old-sea dog who is very demanding and is reaching retirement. The captain is afraid of the water, because his wife drowned during a boating accident. Now that you get the basics of how to write a mystery novel, it is time to get started.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Martinis & Manuscripts - Workshops How to begin....The Plot Thickens August 19, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm
Time: August 19, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm
Come join us again for a wonderful Networking Event with a twist on 8/19 from 6 - 9 pm. Martinis and Manuscripts is back and offering two great workshops along with the premier networking event for Detroit authors. Sylvia Hubbard of Motown Writers Network will be presenting on how to get started writing, creating the characters and the plot. Versandra Kennibrew is going to present on the hot topic of e-books: Where do I begin.
All new authors will be available to share their knowledge on the industry and talk about their current projects.
The workshops will begin at 6 and networking will start at 7. The Good Life cable TV program will be on site so look your best!
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Parking is included at the Port Atwater structure ONLY!
Friday, July 24, 2009
E. Lynn Harris, the best-selling Arkansas author known for contemporary stories about African-Americans, has suffered a serious health setback. His personal assistant confirmed an unspecified health event, but said she was awaiting word from a hotel where Harris was staying on a book tour before providing further information.
UPDATE: Arkansas Sports 360 reports that Harris has died at age 54 during a West Coast book tour. The item does not cite a source, but Harris was close to the UA Athletic Department and had worked as coach and sponsor of the cheerleaders.
Word of the health event began making the rounds on Twitter earlier in the morning.
Born in Michigan, Harris grew up in Little Rock. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he was the school's first black cheerleader. He continued to be a diehard Razorback fan. He has taught adjunct courses in the English department, most recently last fall.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Martinis & Manuscripts
Martinis & Manuscripts, Wednesday 7/22/09 from 7 – 10 pm @ The Renaissance Club in Tower 200 of the Renaissance. Networking event for aspiring and established authors in the Detroit area to build relationships and turn their vision into reality.
"We are very excited to host this one of a kind event at the exclusive Renaissance Club. This is an opportunity for urban writers to explore avenues to reach literary success." FAVOR Event Management owner, Robin L. Hunt.
Advance tickets can be purchased on www.eventbrite.com for $25; all pre-purchased tickets are eligible for a 4-day getaway. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Validated parking included (Port Atwater on Beaubien) with ticket purchase as well as hors d'oeuvres. For more event information please visit www.favoreventmgt.com under Upcoming Events.
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