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    Diana Gabaldon Discusses “A Clash of Spheres”

    Diana Gabaldon Discusses “A Clash of Spheres”

    By Poisoned Pen Press

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      The following essay is by New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon. This is one of the most entertaining, elegant and deeply emotional books I’ve read in years. (I’m tempted just to write “EEEEEEEEE!” to ...

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    Cultural Diversity in Mystery Novels: Part II

    Cultural Diversity in Mystery Novels: Part II

    Cultural Diversity in Mystery Novels: Part II By Triss Stein

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    In December, I wrote about including real life diversity in mystery fiction. Depictions and plots that reflect that are an important part of the issue, but it does not end there. Deeper and more complicated is the question of how ...

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    Staying Human: Orwell’s “1984” Revisited

    Staying Human: Orwell’s “1984” Revisited

    Staying Human: Orwell’s “1984” Revisited By Steven Axelrod

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    George Orwell’s 1984 is riding the bestseller lists again, spurred by Kellyann Conway’s ominous reference to “alternative facts” when discussing the crowds at President Trump’s inauguration. This passage from 1984 leapt to many people’s minds: In the end, the party would announce ...

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    Pulling Out the Nail: Writing Lessons With Irvin Kershner

    Pulling Out the Nail: Writing Lessons With Irvin Kershner

    Pulling Out the Nail: Writing Lessons With Irvin Kershner By Steven Axelrod

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    I’ve been thinking about film director Irvin Kershner, as I work on a flat scene that desperately needs a jump start. Kershner died a few years ago, and even then I hadn’t seen him in decades — since an extraordinary ...

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    Cultural Diversity in Mystery Novels

    Cultural Diversity in Mystery Novels

    Cultural Diversity in Mystery Novels By Triss Stein

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    While it is possible to find mysteries, from fluffiest to darkest, that take place in the author’s version of never-never land, I prefer mysteries set in some semblance of the real world. There, diversity equals reality. How do we incorporate ...

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    Where Did Joey Getchie Come From?

    Where Did Joey Getchie Come From?

    Where Did Joey Getchie Come From? By Bill Cameron

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    Joey Getchie may be 16 years old, but he’s been with me more than three decades. He first appeared on a manuscript page—and in 1983 it was an actual sheet of paper rolled into a typewriter—as one of the protagonists ...

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    My First Literary Crush

    My First Literary Crush

    My First Literary Crush By Steven Axelrod

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    As a kid I read hungrily and furtively, devouring comic books and Hardy Boys novels the same way I gobbled Mounds bars and Ring Dings. I borrowed every Albert Payson Terhune novel I could excavate from the dusty stacks of ...

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    Where Do Characters Come From?

    Where Do Characters Come From?

    Where Do Characters Come From? By Tina Whittle

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    When I first met Tai Randolph, the protagonist of my series, I didn’t know her name. I knew only that the person I was meeting was quick and smart and had a head full of riotous dirty blonde curls. I ...

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