Check out this great interview with Jane Risdon from this post on Wendy Steele's blog.
Check out this great post from C.S. Boyack on the Story Empire blog on the topic of the many place story ideas come from.
Happy Memorial Day all the SEers in the USA, and welcome to everyone else out there too. Many of you will be celebrating with a pot luck get together, a slumgullion, or whatchagot stew of some kind.
Story Empire tries to bring you writing tips and tricks however we can, and my well is running a bit dry currently. So I’ve designed my own whatchagot stew in the form of this post.
First, ideas can come from anywhere. Keep an open mind, and you’ll notice all kinds of things. This is the urinal at one of my favorite pizza and beer places.
Alsco, huh. Add an I and Alisco is kind of a cool name for a character. It’s just that simple, and you will notice all kinds of things in everyday life. Let’s talk about Alisco, and keep in mind, I’m free writing this. After you read it, I’ll…
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Check out the nominees for the Shamus Awards from the Private Eye Writers of America. Details are in this post from the Guns, Gams & Gumshoes blog.
For works published in 2017. Winners will be announced at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon. (Nominees listed below in alphabetical order by author.)
Best Original Private Eye Paperback
Play a Cold Hand by Terence Faherty
The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star by Vaseem Khan
Dames Fight Harder by M. Ruth Myers
The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli
Lights Out Summer by Rich Zahradnik
Best First Private Eye Novel
Under Water by Casey Barrett
A Negro and an Ofay by Danny Gardner
Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman
August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones
The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka
Best P.I. Short Story
Eric Beetner, “Out of Business,” in Down & Out, The Magazine Vol 1/ Issue 1, edited by Rick Ollerman
Reed Farrel Coleman, “Breakage,” in Down & Out, The Magazine Vol 1/ Issue 1, edited by Rick Ollerman
Brendan Dubois, “Random,” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
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Check out the book, The Restless Sea, by Vanessa De Haan, as featured in this post from Linda’s Book Bag Blog.
Now, with over 900 books on my TBR I have promised myself that I won’t accept any more for review until I have read some of the ones I already have – and indeed I’m not accepting new blog tours at the moment either. However, when lovely Emilie Chambeyron from Harper Collins got in touch to see if I would like a copy of The Restless Sea by Vanessa de Haan in return for an honest review I simply couldn’t resist!
Published by Harper Collins on 19th April 2018, The Restless Sea is available for purchase through the links here.
The Restless Sea
Absorbing and richly observed, The Restless Sea is a masterful story of the turbulent years of the Second World War.
Three lives collide in a way that only the war makes possible…
Jack, a child of the Blitz, has fled the law to become a seaman…
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Check out this guest post by author Ian Hutson from this post on The Story Reading Ape Blog.
A lot of life on a narrowboat is taken up with mundane practicalities. Much of the rest – when not being boarded by badgers, as recently – is peaceful enjoyment, with the freedom to sit at my study desk for hours and watch the English countryside drift by*.
[*If the scenery is drifting past when it ought not to be doing, then I haven’t moored up properly. Conversely, if I’ve been motoring for hours and hours at full-throttle and the scenery hasn’t changed one iota, then I have forgotten to untie the Cardinal from the towpath.]
These are lovely moorings, the only disadvantage being the occasional bat-out-of-hell boat from the holiday hire company about half a mile up ahead. Some of them, I swear, must be attending house fires or perhaps checking their boat’s top speed, but other than that, it’s always peaceful here, and I have moored here several…
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Check out Part 4 of the short story, Number One Suspect, by Rachel Poli, as featured in this post from her blog.
After talking to Noah, Jayden’s former boss, George and Lilah went straight back to the office to brainstorm more ideas. Things were suddenly looking for Steven. While the motive for killing his wife was still prominent, things were looking shady on Jayden’s end as well.
“Whatever she was up to leading up to her death,” George had said, “had dire consequences that I don’t think she saw coming.”
They even visited Steven is his holding cell and asked for his bank information. Sure enough, it matched the number that Lilah had found written on the notepad on Noah’s desk. When Barney had asked what they were doing there, George simply shrugged his shoulders and told him that there was more to the case than met the eye.
It wasn’t until the following day that George and Lilah went…
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Check out the short story, Curtains, by Sally Cronin, from her Flights of Fancy anthology. It’s featured in this post from the Smorgasbord Invitation blog.
Welcome to another story from my collection Flights of Fancy… and this week an elderly woman reflects on her life and the different coloured curtains that have decorated her bedroom.
Curtains by Sally Cronin
The curtains at the small window fluttered in the slight afternoon breeze. The doctor has told me to rest, so here I am, tucked up under the pink eiderdown, a cup of tea cooling on the bedside cabinet.
I am not ill; I have just been overdoing it a bit lately. There has been a great deal of excitement in the family, my great grandson has just got married, and I was not going to miss out on something like that. After all, I had my reputation to uphold, as the fashion doyenne of the family. Much had been made of my emerald green suit with extravagant, black, straw hat. I had heard their comments…
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