This is the opening chapter of The Convenient Cadaver, by Matt Ferraz, the first volume of the Grandma Bertha Solving Murders cozy mystery series. The novel is available on Amazon Kindle from 7 May 2017 at https://goo.gl/yqi1kV . If nothing is going well, call your grandmother. —Italian Proverb The first jar of tea came out too weak, so Lydia decided to boil it again with … [Read more...] about The Convenient Cadaver – Chapter Preview
Write about what you know, they say, and that seems to be broadly true. Yet, knowing something can be more subtle than one would think. Sure, an author writing about medieval castles and goblins might not have much experience dealing with them – especially goblins, which are so hard to find these days. And knowing a bit about murder might be useful when you're writing a … [Read more...] about Grandma – She’s A Detective At Heart
In Big Driver, one of the novellas featured in Full Dark No Stars, Stephen King once again presents a writer as the main protagonist. Not an unusual thing considering that one of King's favourite themes has always been the writing process, and for that he has created a number of characters who make a living out of their words. Some deserve special mention, such as Paul Sheldon, … [Read more...] about Big Driver – Stephen King’s Dangerous Genre Study
Choosing the narrator is the trickiest part of starting a new piece, specially a long one. While revising your first draft, there will be tons of things you’ll want to change: setting, plot points, characters’ names, characters’ motivations and many, many other details. But it can be a real obstacle for your book when you read that draft and realize you’re not satisfied with … [Read more...] about Who’s Telling Who?