With The Hatbox Murders and The Tugboat Murder both coming out next week, I’ve just finished a final-final read of each–just in case. Besides that, my editor and I have been editing The Charlatan Murders for several months now and we’ve still got plenty to do. While it’s a good problem to have, at this … More Editing fatique
Jennifer Berg is the author of The Elliott Bay Mystery Series set in 1950s Seattle: Hatbox Murders, Charlatan Murders, Blue Pearl Murders, and the novelette, Tugboat Murder. Book 1 coming soon from Barking Rain Press. … More Welcome to my blog!
How does one describe a mystery genre? 5 or 6 years ago, when people used to ask me what I write, I would tell them I wrote mysteries. I would often have to explain that, no, I didn’t write thrillers, horror, or medical suspense. I wrote more old-fashioned mysteries, more like Agatha Christie’s stories. Classic … More A mystery by any other name…
I’m currently reading Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse (which is excellent!) and I noticed that it begins with a bio list of all the pertinent characters. It’s the sort of thing we expect from plays, but it can be a great cheat for mystery books as well. Keeping characters straight in a mystery isn’t hard when everyone … More Cast of Characters in Mysteries
Today is going fantastically well. First, I managed to knock out several items from my bottomless Gotta-Do list. Not all of it, but enough to keep my life from unraveling into chaos. A relaxing lunch with time to think and then the sun came out. Now I can jump into my work; a class I’m … More Friday editing
I probably shouldn’t be quite so happy about this…. BUT after so many hours spent editing and re-reading and triple checking HATBOX, after so many polite mentions from my editors pointing out my absurd and ridiculous mistakes, (Did I actually write that???), and after I commit to do it all over again with CHARLATAN, it’s … More oh, typo, joyful typo
Currently, I’m working on a short story, or more to the point: I’m not working on a short story. I’m spending most of my time working on a class for my certificate or “writing.” By writing, I mean I’m chopping my second book, The Charlatan Murders, into 43 separate chapter files and getting them each … More short stories and priorities