This is a guest post by M.H Callway I’m a traditionally published novelist. My debut novel, Windigo Fire, Seraphim Editions, 2014, was runner-up for both CWC’s Unpublished and Best First Novel Awards. It was warmly reviewed by Margaret Cannon and even made Huffington Post’s list… Read More »Guest Post: Why I Write Short Fiction
A guest post by Lorna Poplak. People sometimes ask me how I can write about grim topics like murder, hanging, and hellish jails. This is a fair question. My two works of non-fiction both explore Canada’s dark history:Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in… Read More »Guest Post: Revisiting the Cutting Room Floor
This is a guest post by Lynn McPherson. Authors are often asked about inspiration. Where does it come from? How do ideas form? Answers may vary, ranging from reading the newspaper to watching a documentary to finding an old sock in a field. Today, I… Read More »Guest Post: Where Do Ideas Come From?
This is a guest post by Charlotte Morganti. For writers, research can be a joy, a pain, an obligation, a treasure hunt, a Pandora’s box, a journey (often wonderful, sometimes weird), or the best form of procrastination ever invented. Count me among the authors in… Read More »Yogi Berra: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”￼
This is a guest post by Jim Napier. The buzzword in writing fiction these days is “write character-driven stories.” It’s become our mantra. Plots, actions, and even settings take second place in creating a gripping believable story featuring three-dimensional characters. People who readers can relate… Read More »Guest Post: What’s in a Name?
This is a guest post by Rosemary Mccracken I was a financial journalist when I set out to write my first mystery novel. I interviewed scores of financial planners and investment managers. I’d attended their conferences. I understood the issues they faced. There was, still… Read More »Guest Post: The Lure of Easy Money
This is a guest post by Anthony Bidulka. Twenty-five years ago I was a corporate auditor, a CPA looking to join the partnership of my firm. The road ahead seemed clear. But there was a fork in it, and a tickle in the back of… Read More »Guest Post: Bringing Pride to Mystery Writing
This is a guest post by Catherine Astolfo. When I began to write mystery novels, I realized very quickly that I love kickass heroines. Whether they are amateur or professional sleuths, I admire their courage, ingenuity, and flaunting of social norms. Even before Miss Marple,… Read More »Guest Post: Writing Kickass Heroines
The Maple Leaf Mystery Conference is the virtual mystery event of the year. Registration is open for the Conference which takes place over five days from May 24-28 and is only $25 CAD for the whole event. Register here Here are the Top 5 Reasons… Read More »Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Maple Leaf Mystery Conference
This is a guest post by Rose Atkinson Carter You’re finally done writing your first book. Hooray! It was difficult to carve thousands of words out of your imagination, but you did it. Now that most of the heavy lifting is done, you can finally… Read More »Guest Post: 5 Things to Know About Working With a Publisher