"Carolyn Wheat has written the clearest, most definitive How-To book on constructing a mystery novel that I have ever read. My only complaint is that she didnt write it thirty years earlier when I was first starting out."
Margaret Maron, winner of the Edgar, the Anthony, and multiple Agathas
"Wheat exposes the blood, sinews, and bones of the books we love to read and want to write. It's an elegant and fascinating How-To, written with dash and verve by a master storyteller. Simply grand."
Carolyn G. Hart, winner of the Anthony and Agatha Awards
Now you can learn the craft of mystery writing from one of the most respected contemporary writers in the field: Carolyn Wheat, winner of multitudinous awards and nominations. Wheat knows what editors want and shows you how to reach your writing and publishing goals.
How To Write Killer Fiction also helps with the process itself. Wheat explains the difference between mystery (the art of the whodunit) and suspense (the flight from danger). Recognizing that there are two kinds of writersthe Outliners who love and need to plan ahead, and the Blank-pagers who like to go where their Muse takes themthis book offers useful advice for both, without making a judgment about which is better. Wheat covers all aspects of writing from construction to revision to marketing. Her voice is friendly and entertaining, her grasp of the subject thorough and no-nonsense, and she offers tips and inspiration for good writing from the first word to the final period.
Carolyn Wheat is an award-winning mystery writer, editor, and anthologist. Two of her Cass Jameson legal mysteries were nominated for Edgar awards, and she's won the Agatha, the Anthony, the Macavity and the Shamus awards for her short stories. Wheat, an attorney, worked as a public defender in Brooklyn and taught mystery writing at the New School in New York City. She currently teaches writing at the University of California, San Diego.
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