For the second time this year, I’m editing galley proofs. My next book, The Charlatan Murders, will be released at the end of March. In the coming weeks, I’ll get to see cover sketches and blurbs, and I’ll watch the magic (from a distance) as Barking Rain Press pulls together all the logistics that goes … More The Charlatan Murders: Galley Proofs
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