Merging Fact With Fiction by Karen Shughart
Ladies of Mystery
by kshughart47
3d ago
I’ve been a contributing blogger for Ladies of Mystery for roughly five years, and initially, at the beginning of each year, I made a list of the topics I wanted to write about for each month. But a year or two ago I decided to be a bit more flexible and instead of sticking to the script, so to speak, to write about what motivated me at the time. When I began to think about what to write for this month’s blog, at first I came up with a blank–some months are easier than others–and after that I considered writing something about Valentine’s Day or Presidents’ Day. Somehow neither felt right, and ..read more
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Guest Blogger – Nev March
Ladies of Mystery
by patyjag
5d ago
The Friend I Left Behind Late night–no, was already morning. I read through an email when my gaze snagged on a name. I stared at it, incredulous. After forty years, I had found Zenia. Zenia is not her real name. I’ve changed it to protect her privacy. When I was fifteen, I met her on her first day at school. A year older than me, she was a tall, statuesque teen with a well-developed figure and, as I discovered, a wild imagination. She was a “boarder”—a residential student; I was a day-student whose mother was also a teacher. From almost the first minute, we became close friends. She was lovel ..read more
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A Novel Writer’s Travels: Inspiration or Distraction?
Ladies of Mystery
by Pamela Beason
6d ago
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile I recently spent nearly three weeks in the Patagonian regions of Argentina and Chile, on a tour with 13 wonderful people who are now all friends. We enjoyed a wide range of activities from learning to tango in Buenos Aires to hiking in spectacular Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Because I had explained I was a mystery author when we introduced ourselves at the preliminary meeting, my fellow travelers often asked me about how the trip would influence my writing. The most common question was “Are you getting a lot of great ideas for your next book ..read more
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My window into other worlds
Ladies of Mystery
by patyjag
1w ago
I don’t know how many of you get giddy when you can visit or see the settings from books you’ve read. But as a reader, I have always enjoyed being taken to settings or worlds I haven’t been and may never be able to see. Books have always been my window into other worlds. A few weeks ago, my hubby and I made a trip from SE Oregon to Killeen, TX to see his sister and her husband and deliver boxes of belongings to our oldest granddaughter now living in Arkansas. On the way over we drove through the four corners and the towns of Flagstaff, Tuba City, Windowrock, and Gallup. The settings of author ..read more
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In Defense of Procrastination
Ladies of Mystery
by Margaret Lucke
1w ago
By Margaret Lucke “I used to just crastinate, but I got so good, I went pro.” ~ Seen on a T-shirt My name is Margaret, and I am a procrastinator. It’s 11:27 a.m. on Friday, and right now I am typing the first sentence of my post on time management for the Ladies of Mystery blog. The post is due to go live tonight at midnight. So I have twelve hours in which to get it written — and to accomplish all of the other items on my long to-do list for today. It could be worse. If I had really perfected procrastination to a fine art, I’d be typing this at 11:27 p.m. on Friday instead of shortly before ..read more
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Noise Levels and Other Considerations
Ladies of Mystery
by janispattersonmysteries
2w ago
by Janis Patterson This is a noisy world. There are sirens and neighbors and families and appliances… and not even noise-cancelling headphones can guarantee total silence. At least, not at my home with a house reconstruction going on to the west and the neighbor to the east – though a wonderful man in many ways – owning every gasoline-powered piece of lawn equipment ever made. His lawn is beautiful, though. Now all writers are different. Some like lots of noise, claiming it is a stimulant, while others like pure silence as they say it frees their creativity. Depending on the time and our mood ..read more
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Guest Blogger ~ Skye Alexander
Ladies of Mystery
by patyjag
2w ago
Mystery Stories and Mystery Schools What comes to mind when you hear the word “occult”? Evil cults that worship the devil? Weird rituals where animals are sacrificed? Wizards with nefarious aims wielding power behind the scenes? If so, you probably got those impressions from Hollywood or from fear-based religious groups. Let’s pull back the dark curtain that shrouds the occult arts to discover how supernatural elements can contribute to a mystery novel’s plot. What Does “Occult” Mean? First of all, the word “occult” simply means hidden, as in hidden knowledge. For centuries, people who practic ..read more
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Agatha Christie and Me by Heather Haven
Ladies of Mystery
by Heather Haven
3w ago
Even though I never knew Agatha Christie personally, she has been an important person in my life. I was a lonely kid and can only say the phrase, “Books are my friends” was on the mark for me. I started reading Nancy Drew mysteries when I was nine. I moved on to Agatha Christie when I was about sixteen. In the following years, I read anything that came my way, from Ernest Hemingway to P.G. Wodehouse, Ruth Rendell to Erma Bombeck. Thrown into this mix was required reading, such as “Ode to a Grecian Urn.” But I always came back to Christie. Her books were like a trip home. I knew I would care a ..read more
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Guest Blogger ~ Sandra Gardner
Ladies of Mystery
by patyjag
3w ago
A Mystery is a Puzzle        The basis of a mystery story is a puzzle. There’s at least the main puzzle, and maybe even one (or two more) contained in the story as subplots – smaller plots generally connected to the main story. Your job as a mystery writer is to start with a scrambled mess, the way it looks when you dump the pieces out of the puzzle box. There’s a body, an attack, a disappearance, etc.  Somebody — or maybe more than one somebody — is guilty. But who could it be: the wife, the husband, the girl/ or boy/ friend? Or maybe it’s someone who o ..read more
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History “swings like a pendulum do” *
Ladies of Mystery
by dzchurch
1M ago
* to misquote Roger Miller’s “England Swings.” When selecting a year in which to begin my Wanee Mystery Series, I landed on 1876 not by accident but by design. It was the U.S. Centennial year. The Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, partially powered by a massive steam engine, showcased Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, the first typewriter with a QWERTY keyboard (Remington 1), Edison’s automatic telegraph, new products such as popcorn, ketchup and root beer, and mass-produced wares including an improved sewing machine. Attending librarians founded the American Library Association. The wom ..read more
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