The Kill Zone is the home of 11 top suspense writers and publishing professionals. We cover the publishing biz, marketing how-to’s, and the craft of writing. Each day, we’ll open the doorway into the world of the working writer.
by James Scott Bell @jamesscottbell Kris titled her post last week “Naked Came the Stranger,” and slyly didn’t give us the story behind the title. I’d like to do that now, because I well remember one of the most famous …
By Mark Alpert Have you read Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel The Underground Railroad? If not, you should. Anyone who’s serious about writing fiction can learn something from this amazing book. The novel has won the National Book Award and the …
What ONE thing would you give up to become a better writer? This could be ANYTHING, like a pledge for Lent or a sacrifice to the Writing Gods or a resolution to cutting back on nasty habits that hinder …
By John Gilstrap My research for the Jonathan Grave series exposes me to some pretty cool stuff. Having never done the kind of work that Jonathan and his team do, the initial learning curve was pretty steep, and it will …
by James Scott Bell @jamesscottbell During Abraham Lincoln’s law-practice days, he had occasion to share a stagecoach with his soon-to-be adversary, Stephen A. Douglas, and a man named Owen Lovejoy. They were on their way to the courthouse at Bloomington, …
Photo courtesy Louis N. Sorkin, BCE, AMNH I offer the following with the intent of helping, knowing that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Those of us who visit TKZ on a regular basis are readers, among …
We’re all done some interesting things for the sake of research, some pretty far fetched while others might be things we never thought we’d do. Share your latest or most memorable forays into research and what you learned. Do you …
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