Mysteries for Adults

Do You Need An Agent to Find a Traditional Publisher?

Must you have an agent to find a traditional publisher? No, you don’t. However, an agent can introduce you and your manuscript (MS) to well-known, big publishing houses willing to invest money in a new author but are unwilling—and no longer need—to search them out themselves. They trust agents to do that for them. As a result, they generally refuse to read unagented submissions.
Having an agent, therefore, means there will be many more traditional publishers willing to look at your work.

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Buy Your Copy Of Murder On A Monday In Early 2018

High Tide Publications, a traditional US book publisher, will offer my mystery story, Murder On A Monday, to readers in early 2018. Is this a big deal? Am I thrilled? Yes, yes, it’s a very big deal and I’m really thrilled!

Many people, including other writers, urged me to self-publish, but I resisted the coaxing. I knew what was best for me and I’m glad I struggled through the process of finding a traditional publisher. {Read More}

What Are A Writer’s ‘Must Have’ Tools for Writing?

Environmental threats, an over-consumption of resources, and concerns related to the survival of technologies on which we have come to depend raises the question of what we writers actually need to ply our trade. What tools are needed for writing and what would we do if we lost them?


We need only to look to the past to realize we can always write if we have basic equipment—that is, something to write on and a tool with which to write. We may currently depend on our word processors and access to the Internet or access to a printer and paper, but we can certainly make do with less. {Read More}

As Writers We Can’t Edit Our Own Work—Or Can We?

As writers, we know we shouldn’t edit our own work but we have no choice when the deadline is tomorrow and there is no one else available. In this day and age of working from home, many of us have a variety of writing assignments with tight deadlines and sometimes may be writing late into the night. With no editor available (awake) for those crunch times, we have no choice but to suck it up and do our best to edit our own material. {Read More}

My Action Adventure Screenplay Is A Mystery Story, Too

My latest writing project was to write an action-adventure screenplay but, naturally, it turned into a mystery story, too. I can’t escape my calling, I guess. The title is Paint It Black.

I now need an agent, and the company that is searching on my behalf took my logline and produced a “logline video” to help advertise the story to people in the movie industry. {Read More}

Writers Must Curb The Time They Spend On Social Media

Writers must learn to curb the time they spend on social media before the days slip by and nothing of significance is added to their screenplay, murder mystery, historic novel, or whatever is the current project. It’s so easy for a writer to get caught up in the whole business of communicating; we feel that as long as we’re writing, we must be doing something useful. Alas, not so. {Read More}

Fiction Writers Desperately Need The Power Of Positive Thinking

Fiction writers usually write because they want to write, have to write, or feel compelled to tell a story; however, without the power of positive thinking—the belief that someone, somewhere, somehow will want to read what they write—they would give up their attempts after a few years. It would be the sensible thing to do, but most writers are not very sensible about writing. {Read More}

Why Write Murder Mysteries? Here’s My Second “Why”

My first reason for writing mysteries – mysteries for children; murder mysteries for adults – is because I write what I like to read.  As a reader, I need to know that I have a guaranteed escape from the world whenever I want. Nothing beats a murder mystery for that. {Read More}

Why Write Murder Mysteries? Let Me Count The “Whys”

Reason Why #1:

After all these years and after all the many books I’ve read, I’ve never lost my love of murder mysteries. I love reading them and watching the stories unfold on the TV screen, in the movie theater, or on the stage. If I sit down to write a piece of fiction, it will be a mystery; if it is fiction for adults, it will be a murder mystery.

The very framework of predictability of is one of the great charms of the mystery. Whenever I am tired or anxious or want the world to disappear for a while, the murder mystery is my friend.
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