Lee Child, Laurie R. King, Craig Johnson, and Rachel Howzell Hall: How To Write A Mystery

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Mystery masters Lee Child & Laurie R. King present their new anthology, How To Write a Mystery! Don't miss this rare chance to hear two masters discuss their craft!

About the Book

From the most successful mystery writers in the business, an invaluable guide to writing mysteries, from characters and plot to procedurals and thrillers--a must-have for any aspiring mystery writer. This edition of the handbook reflects the current writing climate and helps authors navigate the ever-shifting publishing landscape. Be it pacing, plotting, the business side of publishing, or how to effectively navigate the current demand for diversity and inclusivity across all genres, MWA's experts provide practical, current, easily digestible advice for new and established authors alike.

Contributors include:

  • Kelley Armstrong: young adult
  • Frankie Bailey: diverse characters
  • Dale Berry & Gary Philips: graphic novels
  • Allison Brennan: romantic suspense
  • Deborah Crombie: plot
  • Jeffery Deaver: outlining, the how and why
  • Tess Gerritsen: medical procedurals
  • William Kent Krueger: setting
  • Lyndsay Faye: voice
  • Meg Gardiner: thrillers
  • Chris Grabenstein: writing
  • Rachel Howzell Hall: police procedurals
  • Charlaine Harris: mixing genres
  • Naomi Hirahara: the amateur sleuth
  • Catriona McPherson: humor
  • Louise Penny: community building
  • Art Taylor: the short story
  • Charles Todd/Caroline Todd: partnership
  • Jacqueline Winspear: historicals

About the Authors

Lee Child, previously a television director, union organizer, theater technician, and law student, was fired and on the dole when he hatched a harebrained scheme to write a bestselling novel, thus saving his family from ruin. Killing Floor went on to win worldwide acclaim. The Midnight Line, is his twenty-second Reacher novel. The hero of his series, Jack Reacher, besides being fictional, is a kindhearted soul who allows Lee lots of spare time for reading, listening to music, and watching Yankees and Aston Villa games. Lee was born in England but now lives in New York City and leaves the island of Manhattan only when required to by forces beyond his control. Visit Lee online at LeeChild.com for more information about the novels, short stories, and the movies Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, starring Tom Cruise. Lee can also be found on Facebook: LeeChildOfficial, Twitter: @LeeChildReacher, and YouTube: LeeChildJackReacher.

Laurie R. King is the award-winning, bestselling author of sixteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and many acclaimed stand-alone novels such as FollyTouchstoneThe Bones of Paris, and Lockdown. She lives in Northern California, where she is at work on her next Mary Russell mystery.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 7:00pm
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How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America By Mystery Writers of America, Lee Child (Editor), Laurie R. King (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982149437
Availability: This book is in stock at our warehouse and will be at the Raven within 3-5 Business Days, once they've shipped it to us.
Published: Scribner - April 27th, 2021

From 70 of the most successful mystery writers in the business, an invaluable guide to crafting mysteries—from character development and plot to procedurals and thrillers—“this is a writing guide that readers and writers will turn to again and again” (Booklist, starred review).

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