In its 75-year history, Mystery Writers of America published just three handbooks, most recently under the great Sue Grafton. Each was a guide to outstanding storytelling (and sales) for beginners and master writers alike, across the mystery and suspense world.
And now noted best-sellers Lee Child and Laurie R. King have corralled 70 top authors to contribute essays and tips on the art and craft of writing and publishing in this brand-new, hands-on How to Write a Mystery.
I’m thrilled to have been “corralled,” too. My essay is “Researching the Spy Thriller… or, Can’t I just make it all up?” If you’re wondering, the answer is NO … er, maybe. It all depends. Insider secrets revealed!