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Once I get the initial spark of an idea, I like to play around with a What-If scenario and after much deliberation come up with a title for the novel. Only then can I start writing the first draft.
That MO worked well for Book 1 of the Gilda Greco Mystery Series:
Spark: Dead blondes turn up in dumpsters throughout the city.
What if… A woman wins a $19 million lottery and then returns to her hometown, only to find herself the primary suspect in the murders of four blondes. Can she prove her innocence and solve this case before it’s too late?
Title: A Season for Killing Blondes
Book 2 presented a challenge. I toyed with several storylines about a Greek restaurant, a charismatic chef, two murders, and a group of women who didn’t always get along. Frustrated with these disjoint elements, I turned my attention to shorter pieces and hoped that inspiration would soon arrive.
It came from an unlikely source.
Continue reading on the Mysteriastis blog.
Thanks to Events Manager Earl Townsend and Chapters Guelph for hosting me on Saturday. I was happy to be part of the “Canada 150” celebrations and enjoyed chatting with readers and wannabe writers.
by Joanne Guidoccio
Yesterday evening, I participated in a lively panel discussion with three other mystery writers at the main branch of the Guelph Public Library. We are all published authors and members of Crime Writers of Canada.
We gave mini-presentations on our favorite nuts and bolts of writing—The Right Opening, Character Development, Self-Editing, Building Your Author Brand—and read excerpts from our recent novels. During the Q & A sessions, we delved into a variety of topics, among them short stories, writing and critique groups, conferences, and contests.
Thanks to librarians Andrea Curtis and Deb Quaile for organizing and facilitating this event.
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Today, I’m participating in an anniversary party for The Romance Reviews. Along with nine other authors, I’m offering a prize to one lucky winner. Scroll down here and look for my question:
How many ex-boyfriends are possible suspects?
Answer correctly and you could win an e-book of A Season for Killing Blondes.
Drop by her blog and visit for a while. If you leave a comment, you could win a free eBook.