Book: They Wrote the Book

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They Wrote the Book: Thirteen Women Mystery Writers Tell All

Author: Helen Windrath
Publisher: Spinsters Ink Books

They Wrote the Book is an authoritative collection of essays painting an intimate portrait of contemporary women writers at work. Thirteen acclaimed British, Australian, and North American women mystery writers describe their professional lives: their struggles to make time to write; strategies for maintaining concentration and focus throughout the creative process; and reflections upon the thought and effort that go into crafting each word and every story they weave. Not only does each published author provide an illuminating glimpse into her writing life, but each gives comprehensive advice to the aspiring novelist on such subjects as atmosphere and suspense; pace and plot; character creation and development; hot to get started; undertaking research; developing an authentic sense of place; and maintaining a series.

They Wrote the Book is essential reading and reference, not just for mystery fans, but for all readers and writers, from novices to seasoned pros, with an interest in how they-did-it.

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