OCTOBER ROGUE ROUNDUP

What we Rogues talked about, researched, and revealed in October… First in our Roundup is Rogue Jenny Milchman's heroes. They’re not fictional; they’re literary. Discover who they are and read Jenny's advice for meeting your own heroes in the first post of the month, "Meeting Your Hero." Next, we...

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WE HAVE (ALMOST) ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE

By Lisa Black If you travel to Austria or Hungary, you’re likely to hear a lot about the vivacious “Sissi.” The beloved local celebrity embodies enough glamour and drama to fill a season of reality shows…even if she died 124 years ago. Imagine you’re a 15-year-old girl, Elizabeth, nicknamed Sissi,...

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FAN MAIL

By Tosca Lee A Single Light, large print edition I got the greatest email from a reader the other day. It was from a gentleman who said he had graduated to the large-print section of the library and had picked out my novel, A Single Light, for the sole reason that it had a helicopter on it. (Note,...

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DAHMER AND OTHERS: WHY SERIAL KILLERS FASCINATE US

by Alex Kava Last month, Netflix’s DAHMER—Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story was the streaming platform’s most watched new show ever in its first week. At a time when violent crime makes the daily news, what is it about serial killers that we can’t stop watching? Harold Schechter, author of The...

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Z.J. CZUPOR’S MYSTERY MINUTE

It All Started on a Honeymoon by Z.J. Czupor Helen MacInnes’s first novel, Above Suspicion (1941), is based loosely on her own honeymoon in Bavaria when she encountered German Nazi atrocities. She took extensive notes and swore that one day she would write against the oppression of the Nazi...

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MEETING YOUR HERO

by Jenny Milchman My heroes don’t fly or wear tight neoprene suits or fight epic battles. They’re not fictional; they’re real. (Well, okay, Reacher—he’s fictional, and fights, and would probably look great in a neoprene suit). But for the most part, my heroes are literary ones. Authors. I’ve been...

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MY BIG FAT LATINO NOVEL

by Isabella Maldonado The Latino equivalent of Windex is Vicks VapoRub, which is used to treat everything from a head cold to a sucking chest wound. Now you know. When I retired from police work and took up crime writing, I saw the need for a change from what usually populated bookshelves in the...

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TIPS FROM THE PROS

by Karna Small Bodman My fellow Rogues are all bestselling thriller writers, so I’m sure they are familiar with these “Tips” for creating a great thriller. However, I figured I could always use a refresher course, or a reminder of the basics, so I recently watched a presentation on how to craft a...

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