Novel #6

Posted On Mar 4 2006 by

If you’re wondering why I’m numbering the novels I’ve read, it’s because I vowed to read 24 this year, going along with the idea that a writer must read. Since I’ve read six in two months, even while taking two MBA classes, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble. Of course, that might explain my grades. The latest is Flat Crazy by Ben Rehder. I discovered him by doing a Google search on “humourous” and “mystery.” Ben’s a good writer, I like his style. I’ve discovered, though, that the mystery genre is rather wide reaching. Flat Crazy, and, I’m assuming, …


Novel #5 and funny stuff

Posted On Feb 25 2006 by

I finally read Hostage by Robert Crais because one of my “How to write a doggone good breakout novel in 30 hours” type books said it rocked. It did. Most dimwits like me would have been happy to come up with a plot about two kids being held hostage by three punks. Does Crais settle? No way. The house where the kids are held is the house of an accountant who fixes the books for a mafia family, so they decide to “own” the hero, kidnapping his wife and daughter. And we all know they’ll still kill wifey and kid, …


Novel #4 and other things to read

Posted On Feb 17 2006 by

A Midsummer Night’s Scream by Jill Churchill is one of those quickly read cozy mysteries that are more like a puzzle than a story. While the plot was good and I had fun trying to solved the puzzle, her characters could have used a little more life. Her protag is Jane Jeffry, a single mom in the Chicago suburbs who happens to date a detective (always helpful for the amateur sleuth). Mostly, I love the titles of her books. They’re all twists on Shakespeare plays and other famous dramas (Silence of the Hams is my favorite). Once again, though, Churchill’s …


Too Cozy

Posted On Feb 11 2006 by

Okay, I’m having writer identity issues. I love my suspense novels, especially the supernatural type. And that’s what I’ve set out to write. There was the slight diversion into romantic suspense, thanks to the Fearsome Foursome (aka. Fantastic Four), but it’s still suspense. But I also love to slow down the pace and pick up a cozy, or not so cozy, mystery. I find that my writing pattern is matching my reading pattern. I have this strong desire to write a cozy mystery (series, hopefully) based on a retired detective who opens a diner in northern Michigan (God’s country). My …


Madness

Posted On Feb 7 2006 by

It’s February in Michigan. It’s cold. It’s snowing. I’m halfway through this semester and only one more to go to get my MBA. In the midst of all this, the Fearsome Foursome (me, Robin, Ronie, and Dineen) had a call from a publisher that had us scrambling to get our manuscripts in order. All this while I’m writing term papers, taking online tests, and, oh yeah, having a life. Today said publisher gave us the old heave-ho. It takes a bit of pressure off but was still a disappointment. It wouldn’t be so bad if it were just me, but …


Brandilyn Collins at Dineen’s Place

Posted On Feb 1 2006 by

No, Brandilyn isn’t sacked out on Dineen’s couch, though they both live in California, so they must be close. For those of you who don’t know Brandilyn Collins, get off the porch! She is the unofficial Queen of Christian Suspense. She’s broken new ground for those of us who want to write good fiction and also want to write for our Lord. Dineen Miller has interviewed Brandilyn on her blog, Kittens Come from Eggs (which won the unoffical award for “most original blog name”). The link is on the right. No, down a little. No, that’s her website, which is …