MY FIVE THINGS I DID NOT LEARN WRITING A NOVEL

A few of the many things that are still a mystery to me: 1. How to Write a Novel I took about five years to write HIPSTER DEATH RATTLE. How did I do it? No clue. I couldn’t begin to tell you. Similarly, I did not learn how to be organized, diligent, or disciplined.  I did get better at procrastinating like a champ and making excuses like a politician. Weeks went by when I didn’t get a word down. Socks had to be sorted and folded! Or I had tweet something interesting to build my brand! If asked, I could sputter some generic ideas about writing every day or outlining or revising. But I have no secret vital magic #writingtip to offer. I can...

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: JOSHUA AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH Mar15

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: JOSHUA AND THE SHADOW ...

Psychiatrist Joshua Zeev is a man obsessed with solving the mystery of his best friend’s murder. Harold Brown, a man who has exhibited berserker tendencies not seen since the Viking age is his best friend’s surviving son. Together, the two have become close friends as Joshua worked to help Harold through childhood and into early adulthood.Both men’s lives are thrown into chaos when Harold’s father, and Joshua’s best friend, Richard commits suicide. Although Richard leaves behind a note insinuating it was an act of sacrifice and not depression, Joshua blames himself for not seeing the signs of Richard’s...

FIVE THINGS: Kris Frieswick

The Five Ghost Stories That Shaped My Storytelling When my mother was pregnant with me, she claims she developed an insatiable craving for horror stories—specifically ghost stories. As a child, I was obsessed with ghost stories as well. They were literally in my blood. I grew up and became a full-time journalist. (It seemed a more stable career path than “full-time horror story writer,” though some days they feel like the same thing.) Then, about 15 years ago, I heard a real ghost story that sucked me back into my love of the genre. The result is my debut novel, THE GHOST MANUSCRIPT, about a rare book authenticator who is aided on her...

CRIMESPREE COOKS WITH ROB HART

The Philosophy of Chili This is not a recipe, because recipes are for nerds.  This is more a how-to manual meant for people who like to eyeball stuff, which is generally how I cook. But in a larger sense, we’re talking about chili. It is the ultimate “anything goes” dish. You can make a killer chili with any kind of meat. You can include beans or no beans. You can amp it up with rare peppers and short rib, or throw in some ground beef and powdered spices from the pantry. At the end, you will still have chili.  Point is, chili can be highfalutin, but it doesn’t have to be, and sometimes it’s better when it’s explicitly not. ...

BEHIND THE BOOK: ED IFKOVIC

North to Alaska: Researching RUN COLD: An Edna Ferber Mystery Even as a small boy in rural Connecticut, Alaska fascinated me. In fact, I believe I still own one-square-inch of that enormous and mysterious state. Back then, the late 1940s and early 1950s, my brother, sister, and I often huddled on winter nights by the Zenith console radio in the family parlor, and we listened to Sergeant Preston of the Yukon. Thrilled by the calamitous sound effects that blasted through the speakers—the howling night wind and the eerie baying of the menacing wolves—as well as the dramatic mushing of Preston’s faithful husky King—I shivered as I imagined the...