Z.J. CZUPOR’S MYSTERY MINUTE

Give them what they want—which is a story. by Z.J. Czupor Charlotte (Geraldine) Jay. Photo credit: State Library, South Australia Charlotte Jay was a trailblazing author who only published nine mystery novels all set in exotic locations. She also won the first Edgar for “Best Mystery Novel,” and...

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SEPTEMBER ROGUE ROUNDUP

What we Rogues talked about, researched, and revealed in September… Our friend Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy, juggles a lot between his various jobs—kids, editing, a debut thriller—the list goes on. He helped us start September off right by going rogue and telling us exactly how he checks every...

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ROGUE FLASH

Master literary critic Oline Cogdill (left) and editor and author Laurie King How to Write a Mystery Wins 3 First-Place Awards! The monumental How to Write a Mystery, edited by Lee Child and Laurie King, has won the Agatha Award at Malice Domestic, and the Macavity, and Anthony awards at...

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Z.J. CZUPOR’S MYSTERY MINUTE

Fame, Fortune, and Misfortune for Partners by Z.J. Czupor This award-winning writing couple met in high school, later married, and proceeded to excel individually as mystery novelists. They are the only husband and wife to each serve as president of the Mystery Writers of America, and each to...

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ROGUE FLASH – Tosca Lee’s WWII Novel

It's official! Our very own Tosca Lee has signed on to write her World War II novel, The Long March Home, with Revell—a division of Bakers Publishing Group. This coming-of-age story is set for a May 2023 launch and was co-authored with fellow bestselling author Marcus Brotherton, who recently...

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Z.J. CZUPOR’S MYSTERY MINUTE

The Queens Of Crime by Z.J. Czupor In the span of sixty years from 1920-1980, five women published 143 mystery novels and dominated the genre in what is known as the “Golden Age” of British mystery fiction. Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, Josephine Tey, and Ngaio Marsh were...

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Z.J. CZUPOR’S MYSTERY MINUTE

The Movie that Inspired Another Movie Based on Two Novels, one of which Inspired Another Novel that Inspired the Movie that Redefined the Thriller Genre by Z.J. Czupor Before we follow this curvilinear thread of which movie or novel begat which other series of films and other novels, and the...

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FAIL. PLEASE!

by Gayle Lynds This is the best writing advice I ever got. Learning to write well is like climbing a greased pole. You make a couple of feet of progress (exhilarating!), but then you slide back a foot, or more (groan!).   In the beginning I was climbing and sliding, climbing and sliding, having...

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BARBARA ROSS GOES ROGUE

Gayle Lynds: Barbara Ross’s novels always move me. They’re riveting! In her newest one, Muddled Through, modernization sends residents of a Maine resort into turmoil. Add valuable pottery, town meetings, and unfortunate death, and you have adventure, a retired National Geographic female...

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TESS GERRITSEN GOES ROGUE

Introduction by KJ Howe: Writing one dynamic book is a real accomplishment. Keeping a series fresh is a monumental task. It takes a creative mind and an endless amount of energy. Learn from iconic author Tess Gerritsen how to keep your series sparkling. Welcome to the Rogues, Tess! Keeping A...

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