My guest--Julie James. Note: Each year I conduct interviews with famous authors who will be guests at various conferences. Julie will be appearing at Love Is Murder, Feb. 3-5, 2011, in Chicago.) 1. Julie, you were an attorney before you went into writing novels full-time. What is it about training as an attorney that seems to make for such fantastic authors? What did you learn in your work as a lawyer that you still use when you write … [Read more...] about An Interview with Julie James: 'My Writing Process Is My Own'
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Note: Donald Bain will be a featured author at the 2012 Love Is Murder Mystery Conference, Feb. 3-5 in Chicago. I interviewed him for the LIM newsletter. 1. JCS--You are in the unusual position of writing in partnership with someone who doesn't exist, Jessica Fletcher. Angela Lansbury told me that she was in your publisher's offices and someone complimented her on her book series. She told them, "But I don't write those books." Obviously, … [Read more...] about Accept the Restrictions: An Interview with Donald Bain
Michael Allen Dymmoch will be the Local Guest of Honor for Love Is Murder 2011, held in Chicago, on Feb. 4-6. For more information, go to Love Is Murder. 1. I know that Michael Allen isn't your given name. Tell us about why you decided to create your own identity and how that influences you as a writer who creates identities on paper.I prefer not to answer questions about my name beyond saying that your real name is the one you make for … [Read more...] about Humans Are More Alike Than Different: An Interview With Michael Dymmoch
Rhys Bowen will be appearing at the Love Is Murder Conference in Chicago, Feb. 4-6, 2011. For more information go to www.loveismurder.net 1. Murphy's Law starts with a wonderful first sentence: "That mouth of yours will be getting you into big trouble one day." In fact, all of your books start with a super first line. Any hints about how you make that happen? I spend a lot of time thinking about the first line. I think it's so important where … [Read more...] about I Start Knowing Nothing: An Interview with Rhys Bowen
Joe Finder will be appearing at the Love Is Murder Conference in Chicago, Feb. 4-6, 2011. For more information go to www.loveismurder.net1.Unlike most action oriented books, your settings are not exotic. Often the scariest scenes occur in office buildings. Many authors rely on dramatic settings. How do you manage to make such commonplace settings still seem frightening? The familiar is what we identify with most, and we need to identify with a … [Read more...] about I'm a Researchaholic: An Interview with Joe Finder
Note: Joan Johnston is one of the authors who will be appearing at Love Is Murder, Feb. 4-6, 2011, in Chicago.1. Joan, you are an incredibly prolific writer as well as a successful one. Tell us about your habits as an author. Can you share any tips for staying focused and productive? You've said you write one book at a time. Do you work on other ideas, but only write one at a time? It seems like you must have a lot in the hopper, as well as what … [Read more...] about Interview with Joan Johnston