Characters in Distress

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Meet Phillipa. She’s a character in the latest Fina Fitzgibbons mystery, Missing Brandy. Phillipa is a minor character, I guess, but she’s major for me. She’s one of those characters we often come across. I call them characters in distress. I keep thinking about Phillipa and her agony, a sure sign that one day, I’ll write more […]

Guest Post, Jack Reyn: The Importance of World Building


Please welcome author Jack Reyn. His guest post on world building has me thoroughly captivated. Thanks, Jack! The importance of world building Many years ago, I had an argument with a friend of mine who was a precocious reader of literary fiction. He’d read almost everything – but never a word of any kind of fantasy, […]

Guest Post, Joe Cosentino: Writing Is Like Giving Birth

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Please welcome distinguished actor, teacher, and author, Joe Cosentino. His mystery/romance novel, Paper Doll, is available on Amazon. WRITING A FIRST NOVEL IS LIKE GIVING BIRTH by Joe Cosentino The experts tell us to write what we know about, so I began my first novel by writing an outline (with actual paper and pencil) for a mystery/romance entitled […]

Mystery and Thriller Writers: Promote Your Work

Mystery and Thriller Writers: Promote Your Work If you’d like a quick and different way to promote your work, send me (gagasue @ gmail dot com) part of a scene from your work in progress, along with a short bio, headshot, and image of the cover, if you have it. Photo: Kent-Street-at-Sunset-Greenpoint-Brooklyn. Credit: ChrisGoldNY (Flickr), […]

Meet Cookie

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Here’s an excerpt from a work in progress, Missing Brandy, publishing in a couple of months. In this scene, Fina’s sidekick, Cookie, is on surveillance in Brooklyn Heights. Cookie was sick and tired of Jane’s snide remarks, of her feeble attempts to give anyone credit. And the way she treated Willoughby was pathetic. No question, he […]