Aria to Death: A Joseph Haydn Mystery by Nupur Tustin. Read an excerpt!

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When Monteverdi’s lost operas surface, so does a killer desperate to possess them. . .

Preoccupied with preparations for the opera season at Eszterháza, Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn receives a curious request from a friend in Vienna. Kaspar, an impoverished violinist with an ailing wife, wishes Haydn to evaluate a collection of scores reputed to be the lost operas of Monteverdi.

Haydn is intrigued until Her Majesty, Empress Maria Theresa, summons him with a similar request. Skeptical of the value of Kaspar’s bequest, Haydn nevertheless offers to help. But before he can examine the works, Kaspar is murdered—beaten and left to die in front of a wine tavern.

The police are quick to dismiss the death as a robbery gone wrong. But Haydn is not so sure. Kaspar’s keys were stolen and his house broken into. Could his bequest be genuine after all? And can Haydn find the true operas—and the man willing to kill for them?


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Convinced of the value of his bequest by the attempted theft, Kaspar writes to Haydn seeking his help in authenticating the works. But how did the long-lost operas of an Italian master come to be in the hands of a Viennese merchant?

Herr Anwalt is confident the works will prove to be the operas of the great Claudio Monteverdi. In the maestro’s hand, no less! Only consider their worth, if that is true.

Johann raised his head from the letter he had been reading aloud. “Monteverdi’s operas! All of them!” His voice rose in incredulity as he glanced first at the Konzertmeister and then at Haydn. “It scarcely seems plausible, does it, brother?”

But Haydn, rapt in a study of the undulating landscape visible through the window and the sandstone farmhouses dotting the richly verdant country, made no reply. It was Luigi who spoke.

“It is not entirely impossible, I suppose. The old merchant traveled often enough to Italy.” The Konzertmeister paused to scratch contemplatively at his beard. “You know, he recounted the most unusual tale to me when I was in Vienna.

“Something about an old monk who took such exception to Monteverdi’s music, he dispatched some men to steal it. Every score would have been destroyed. But one of the thieves, enchanted by the music, kept the original and gave the monk a copy.”

Luigi’s remarks had drawn the Kapellmeister’s attention. He twisted around in his armchair, his eyes narrowed. “And the originals passed in some fashion, I take it, to Kaspar’s old uncle?”

Luigi shrugged, spreading his hands wide. “So, old Wilhelm Dietrich claimed. He said he had met the great-grandson of the brigand in question, a printer in Cremona.”

“And it is that tale that forms the basis of poor Kaspar’s hopes?” Johann stared at the Konzertmeister. “It is an amusing anecdote to be sure, but. . .” His eyes drifted toward his brother. “Can it be true?”

Haydn considered the question, chin cupped in his hand. “The more important question,” he finally replied, voicing the thought in a pensive adagio, “is whether the scores contain the music Monteverdi wrote for his operas.”

“And that cannot be determined until you have examined them.” Luigi reached for the letter Johann had placed on the table between them. “Why Kaspar did not enclose them with his letter, I cannot understand. His Serene Highness is hardly likely to grant you a leave of absence at this time.”

“After that first attempt on them, how could he not be wary of entrusting them to the mail coach?” Haydn murmured, his gaze fixed upon the pink roses painted on the table before him. . .

. . . .

“Well, it was fortunate the thieves were not well armed.” Luigi broke the silence that had fallen upon them. “It is odd that they were not. But they could not have been expecting much resistance.”

“An odd fact, indeed.” A troubled expression descended upon the Kapellmeister’s features. “There can only be one reason for it, I fear.”

“You mean that it was a deliberate attempt?” Johann ventured, sounding unconvinced. “But that would mean—”

“That someone knew exactly what the bequest consisted of,” Haydn completed his brother’s thought, his tone somber.

“But who?” Luigi wanted to know.

“Who indeed?” Haydn replied quietly.


About The Author  

A former journalist, Nupur Tustin relies upon a Ph.D. in Communication and an M.A. in English to orchestrate fictional mayhem.  The Haydn mysteries are a result of her life-long passion for classical music and its history. Childhood piano lessons and a 1903 Weber Upright share equal blame for her original compositions, available on ntustin.musicaneo.com.

Her writing includes work for Reuters and CNBC, short stories and freelance articles, and research published in peer-reviewed academic journals. She lives in Southern California with her husband, three rambunctious children, and a pit bull.

 

 

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Interview with Lady Frances Ffolkes and new Edwardian mystery: Death at the Emerald by R.J. Koreto

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One-named actress Helen mysteriously vanished 30 years ago. An elderly family friend is unable to bear not knowing any longer and commissions Lady Frances Ffolkes to track her down.

Taking on the role of Lady Sherlock, with her loyal maid Mallow drafted as her Watson, Frances finds herself immersed in the glamorous world of Edwardian theater and London’s latest craze—motion pictures.

As Frances and Mallow make their way through the theaters, they meet colorful figures such as George Bernard Shaw and King Edward II. Tracking the theaters seems like a dead end. That is until one of Helen’s old suitors is suddenly murdered. With the stakes raised, Frances and Mallow work quickly to uncover a box of subtle clues to Helen’s whereabouts. But someone unexpected wants that box just as badly and is willing to kill to keep it shut.

The stage is set for murder and Frances and Mallow are determined to unravel the decades-old conspiracy in Death at the Emerald, R. J. Koreto’s third installment in the captivating Lady Frances Ffolkes mysteries.


Lady Frances, welcome to Island Confidential! Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
I, Lady Frances Ffolkes, am the daughter of a marquess, in an aristocratic family that’s been influential for centuries. I am the first woman in my family to receive a university education, which I got at Vassar College, in America. I am fortunate in having enough money so I don’t have to work, or marry for anything but love, so I can devote myself to making the world a better place, including getting the vote for women.
Readers may not know that while at university, I’d join like-minded friends on train trips to New York City for art exhibitions and poetry readings that my father would’ve called “appalling, disgusting, and barbaric.”

Which character in Death at the Emerald do you find you get along with the best?

My maid June Mallow and I are simpatico. We always seem to know what the other is thinking, and that’s a wonderful basis for a relationship. Which doesn’t mean we always agree, of course. Every night I know she’s itching to give my hair a good brushing and she knows that I don’t want to do it. But I don’t want to live my life without her at my side.

Is there anyone whose company you don’t get along with quite so well?   

I love my brother, and I know he loves me, but Charles and I see the world differently. He’s more like our father. He grudgingly supports me but would rather I married a peer of the realm and devoted my life to ladies’ luncheons. He would also rather I stopped visiting Scotland Yard, and don’t even get him started on women’s suffrage. But there are glimmers of hope—he likes my suitor Hal, even though Hal is not of the aristocracy. Our mother used to say I’d so embarrassed myself with my behavior I’d be lucky to land a 50-year-old widower with six children.

Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?’

For a man, he’s surprisingly sensitive to social nuance and I must admit he does an excellent job in his insights into women and their emotions. However, Mallow finds his habit of wearing nothing but faded jeans and “amusing” tee-shirts rather…disappointing, and gets most upset when he fails to properly trim his beard. We both hope he makes enough money from his books to engage a valet.

What’s next for you?

I’m considering returning to America, to visit with American suffragists, old friends, and my professors at Vassar. I do love New York! Mallow is under the impression there’s a wolf or bear behind every tree, but I will emphasize we’re staying in the East, not the Dakotas. And if I just happen to come across a murder, I look forward to making the acquaintance of New York’s police officers.


About The Author  

R.J. Koreto is the author of the Lady Frances Ffolkes mystery series, set in Edwardian England, and the Alice Roosevelt mystery series, set in turn-of-the-century New York. His short stories have been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

In his day job, he works as a business and financial journalist. Over the years, he’s been a magazine writer and editor, website manager, PR consultant, book author, and seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Like his heroine, Lady Frances Ffolkes, he’s a graduate of Vassar College.

With his wife and daughters, he divides his time between Rockland County, N.Y., and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

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King Harald’s Snow Job: A new canine cozy and interview with author Richard Audrey

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It’s early December and Andy Skyberg is itching to blow town for a weekend of holiday cheer with old friends—including a date with an attractive divorcée who thinks he’s hot.

But first, Aunt Bev needs a teensy bit of help. She’s managing the Girls’ Weekend Out event at the Beaver Tail Resort and could use some extra muscle. Andy figures he can spare a few hours before hitting the road.

Mother Nature, though, has other plans.

 

A giant blizzard makes an unexpected turn. Andy and his pooch King Harald find themselves snowbound—in a hotel full of hard-partying women, stranded travelers, a hockey team, a man-eating novelist, a belligerent blogger, and one violent, devious jewel thief.

Before you know it, man and mutt are up to their noses in another case. It’s a winter wonderland of fast-paced fun and merry madness, as the sleuthing duo dig out from King Harald’s Snow Job.


Aloha Richard, and welcome back again to Island Confidential! Can you tell us a little bit about Andy, the (human) protagonist? 

Andy Skyberg is about forty—a good-natured, easygoing sort of fellow. Unfortunately, his wife runs off with her Pilates instructor…his business tanks…and he goes into a deep funk. Lucky for him, his sister has a job for him back in their hometown of New Bergen, working in her restaurant. As soon as he moves back, he goes looking for a dog. He finds a big ginger-colored mutt called King Harald at the animal shelter and it’s love at first sight. What Andy doesn’t bargain for is Harald’s unexpected talent for sniffing out crime and landing his “boss” in the doo-doo.

How much do you and Andy have in common?

Other than being a middle-aged white guy from the upper Midwest, not a lot. He has more energy and more courage and a better work ethic. I’m actually a little envious of Andy.

Have your characters evolved throughout the series?

When the series starts, Andy is a little beaten down and easily manipulated by his sister/boss and his aunt. My intention, however, is for him to become more independent of these ladies. Of course, a lot of the books’ humor depends on Andy getting tossed into trouble, especially by his Aunt Bev. It will be a tricky balance, but I’m game to try. And, of course, I’ll keep throwing him curves in his love life, but eventually he’ll find the girl of his dreams.

Have you ever thought of killing someone that you know in real life–on the pages of a murder mystery, I mean?

I haven’t killed anybody, but I have depicted a few real people (under fictional names, of course) who I thought were jerks or idiots.

How realistic is your setting? Do you take liberties, or are you true to life?

A: Andy lives and works in the tourist town of New Bergen, a couple of hours up the Interstate from “The Cities.” It’s located in Beaver Tail County. Both places are fictional, but not unreasonable facsimiles of real locales in the Upper Midwest. However, a real rural county is not likely to have all the perquisites and amenities that I give Beaver Tail. In a way, I hope to make it like Midsomer, with a whole potential universe of eccentric characters and criminal possibilities.

When the movie or TV series is made, who plays the major parts?

Jared Padalecki

A: If he were younger, Jeff Bridges would be the ideal Andy. Though maybe a little too handsome, Jared Padalecki (of Supernatural and Gilmore Girls fame) would make a fine Andy.

For Aunt Bev, I nominate Sally Field.

Sally Field

For Thor Hofdahl, I’d go with Gerald McRaney or Terry O’Quinn.

Gerald McRaney

Finally, for Becky Reingold, Kristin Wiig or Amy Adams.

Kristen Wiig

 

What’s the best and worst advice you’ve heard or received as an author?

A: The best advice was to write novels because you love doing it, not to make money. How true. The worst advice was to keep trying different genres to find the one that sells for you. Well, the problem with that is that genre readers often won’t read a freestanding book. They tend to not be interested unless there’s a series. So series (one canine cozy, one historical, one middle grade fantasy) are what I’m working on.


Richard Audry is the pen name of D. R. Martin. As Richard Audry, he is the author of the King Harald Canine Cozy mystery series and the Mary MacDougall historical mystery series. Under his own name he has written the Johnny Graphic middle-grade ghost adventure series, the Marta Hjelm mystery, Smoking Ruin, and two books of literary commentary: Travis McGee & Me; and Four Science Fiction Masters.

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The Witherston Murder Mysteries

The mayor of the north Georgia town of Witherston and one of its prominent attorneys are being blackmailed by a mysterious Donna Dam, who threatens to expose the two men’s shameful activities of forty years ago if they do not take a paternity test, pay a hefty sum of money, and if Mayor Rather does not withdraw his proposal to build a dam, creating a lake on top of a sacred Cherokee burial ground. Blackmail leads to murder, and when Detective Mev Arroyo and her two teenage twins investigate, they discover some dark secrets, putting all their lives in danger…


Betty Jean Craige, author of Dam Witherston and other Witherston Murder Mysteries

on the history behind her mysteries

Cherokees lived there for a thousand years, in north Georgia and western North Carolina, before the white settlers discovered gold. That was in 1828. In the early 1830s Georgia distributed the Cherokees’ land in forty-acre lots to winners of the Georgia Land Lotteries. When the Cherokees exhibited their anger, they were removed from their land and force-marched—on the Trail of Tears—to the area now called Oklahoma.

This is the history of my state that underpins the stories I tell in the Witherston Murder Mysteries.

I set Downstream, Fairfield’s Auction, and Dam Witherston, the first three novels in the series, in a small town I called Witherston, twenty miles north of Dahlonega, Georgia, where Hearty Withers (1798-1841) panned for gold, won the land lottery, and got rich. Hearty Withers and his wife Penance begat Harold Francis (“Harry”) Withers in 1830, after which Hearty died at the hands of a Cherokee. Harry went to the University of Georgia briefly, was expelled, married Patience Gray, begat Withers Francis (“Witty”) Withers in 1858, and founded the town of Witherston in 1860. Harry did not have to serve in the War Between the States because he paid a young man to take his place. Witty Withers and his wife Obedience begat Hearty Harold (“HaHa”) Withers in 1881 and Hearty’s sister Penance Louise Withers in 1900. In 1930 Penance Louise Withers eloped with Mohe Kingfisher, a Cherokee. Witty disinherited her for marrying a Cherokee Indian, so the couple moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma. HaHa Withers begat Francis Hearty Withers in 1915. Francis Hearty Withers, having turned his inheritance into several billion dollars, died mysteriously over Memorial Day weekend at the age of one hundred to the benefit of four thousand Witherstonians.

This fictional genealogy is based on historical events that I researched: the rise and fall of the Cherokee civilization, the Georgia Gold Rush, the Georgia Land Lotteries, the Trail of Tears, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Georgia’s miscegenation laws. I began creating the genealogy when I wrote Downstream, in which centenarian Francis Hearty Withers is murdered. I continued developing it when I wrote Fairfield’s Auction, in which Cherokee artifacts are sold to the highest bidder. I filled in details when I wrote Dam Witherston, in which Witherston’s mayor proposes to build a dam over sacred Cherokee burial ground. Dam Witherston features three murders: one in the present, one in 1977, when the Toccoa dam broke, and one in 1828. All of them involve interracial rape and pregnancy.

The past resides in the present. That is the common theme of my mysteries. And what pleasure I’ve had in populating the past with eccentric but credible characters!


About The Author

Dr. Betty Jean Craige is University Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia. She has lived in Athens, Georgia, since 1973. Her first non-academic book was Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot (2010). After retiring in 2011, she published a column about animal behavior in the local paper titled “Cosmo Talks” and began writing fiction. Her Witherston Murder Mystery series, set in north Georgia, includes Downstream (2014), Fairfield’s Auction (2016), and Dam Witherston (2017).


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A Daughter’s Doubt: Interview and Giveaway with author Richard Audrey

Mary MacDougall’s first case of 1902 seems simple enough.

Just before the 19-year-old heiress leaves for a summer holiday on Mackinac Island with her Aunt Christena, she’s hired to stop in a little town along the way and make inquiries. Did Agnes Olcott really die there of cholera? Or were there darker doings in Dillmont?

Mary’s mentor, Detective Sauer, thinks it’s merely a case of bad luck for the dead woman. But Mrs. Olcott’s daughter suspects her detested stepfather played a hand in her mother’s untimely death.

With the reluctant help of her aunt and her dear friend Edmond Roy, the young detective struggles to reveal the true fate of Agnes Olcott. As she digs ever deeper, the enemy Mary provokes could spell disaster for herself and the people she loves. But in the end, it’s the only way to banish a daughter’s doubt.

 


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Q: Aloha Richard, and welcome back to Island Confidential! Tell us about your protagonist, Mary MacDougall. 

A: In this story, set in 1902, Mary MacDougall has just turned 19. She’s the whip-smart daughter of a mining millionaire and can have nearly anything she wants. But what she desires above all is to become a consulting detective. She’s already proven herself in two earlier cases and in this story takes on her first paying assignment. Is it an improbable dream for a young lady in her position? Absolutely. But rebels and mavericks existed then as now, and Mary is one of them.

Q: How much of you is in Mary? How would you feel about her if you met her in real life?

A: I have almost nothing in common with 19-year-old heiresses of 1902. And I suppose I would find Mary a bit intimidating if I were to meet her. When I first came up with the idea of Mary some years ago, I imagined her as a mashup of Lucy Honeychurch (E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View) and Sherlock Holmes. That early version of Mary was cold and calculating and not very likeable. So this time around, I softened her edges, gave her imperfections, and provided her with a love interest who will baffle, confuse, and delight her.

Q: Do your characters change and evolve throughout consecutive books in the series?

A: Mary definitely matures. After all, she starts sleuthing just a month after she graduates from high school. In fact, there’s a bit of Nancy Drew about her in the first two novellas. In this third story, a novel, she faces some harsh realities and pays the price for her mistakes. In other words, Mary is beginning to grow up.

Q: Have you ever thought of killing someone that you know in real life–on the pages of a murder mystery, I mean?

A: Not anyone I know. But I’ve created dislikable characters that are based on former acquaintances. That’s as close as I’ve come to committing literary revenge.

Q: How realistic is your setting? Do you take liberties, or are you true to life?

A: I’ve tried to make the Midwestern settings that Mary operates in as true as possible to what things were like in 1901 and 1902. My goal is to create characters and plots that engage readers and draw them into the stories, with just enough historical flavor to make it seem real. I don’t try to provide the exhaustive period details that one might find in a straight historical novel. Think watercolor brush strokes vs. photographic specificity.

Q: When the movie or TV series is made, who plays the major parts?

A: For Mary, I’d cast Emma Watson. For Mary’s Aunt Christena, Cate Blanchett. For Edmond Roy, Josh Hartnett. For Mary’s father, Russell Crowe. For Detective Sauer, Tim DeKay.

Q: What’s the worst and best advice you’ve heard or received as an author?

A: The worst advice was to spend a lot of time on promotion and getting reviews and such. The best advice is to write as many good books as you can. Building your series up to at least five or six titles is the most important thing.


Richard Audry is the pen name of D. R. Martin. As Richard Audry, he is the author of the King Harald Canine Cozy mystery series and the Mary MacDougall historical mystery series. Under his own name he has written the Johnny Graphic middle-grade ghost adventure series, the Marta Hjelm mystery, Smoking Ruin, and two books of literary commentary: Travis McGee & Me; and Four Science Fiction Masters.

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Author Interview: Darlene Franklin, Gunfight at Grace Gulch

“You can’t get away with it. You’re a scoundrel and a cheat.” Penn’s face was set into deep lines, hatred aging him prematurely.

“I’m not a cheat. I arrived first, fair and square.

You have to accept it.”

Tension twisted my shoulders. I held my breath.

“That’s what you think!” Penn pulled out a Colt and fired.

A flash of light—popping sounds—two men fell to the ground.

The feud between the Graces and the Gaynors is still going strong more than a century after its inception in the 1891 Oklahoma land run. Newspaper editor Penn Hardy is murdered during the reenactment of the most famous gunfight in the history of Grace Gulch, Oklahoma. Cici Wilde, owner of a vintage clothing store, feels compelled to investigate when police suspect people close to her. She soon discovers her talent for sleuthing equals her flare for wearing period clothing. Theater director Audie Howe never expected the reenactment to end in a real murder. He cares too much for the future of the Magda Grace Mallory Theater – and the charming Cici Wilde – to let her face danger alone. Cici and Audie take a dangerous gamble to nail the killer – and lay their lives on the line.




Today we’re chatting with Darlene Franklin, author of Gunfight at Grace Gulch. 

Q: Introduce us to Cici. What is it about her that appeals to you as a writer?

A: Cici is the first character I wrote in first person. The story flies out, her personality comes to life, and I know how she’s going to react. She’s is the middle Wilde sister. That should make her the peace-maker, and maybe that’s why she’s pulled between “Hurricane Jenna,” her older sister, and Dina, her younger sister who changes her hair color to match her clothes.

Cici’s an Okie, and proud of it. The longer I live in the state, the more I come to appreciate its turbulent history and its vibrant culture. She’s the kind of friend I’d like to have. She’s loyal to a fault, and will fight for her loved if she has to—and in Gunfight at Grace Gulch, she has to. Her little sister and her childhood friend are both suspects in the murder.

Q:  How much of Cici is you?

A: Cici enjoys living in other times vicariously, by wearing vintage clothing from different eras. I do that, too; writing is the perfect escape from the dreariness of half of a nursing home room. She feels overshadowed, and perhaps insecure, between her two sisters. I don’t have sisters, but I know the feeling of disappearing in a crowd. But she’s more of a people-person than I am. I couldn’t stand running a retail shop.

Then again, I don’t look a thing like Cici. My hair is fine and straight, nothing like the “dandelion seed” that describe her struggles with her hair. I also don’t know what it’s like to grow up in a town where everyone has known each other for a hundred years.

Q: Do you expect to keep your characters unchanged throughout the series, or will they develop and change circumstances?

A: Oh, I definitely expect them to develop and change. That comes from my background in writing romance. The basic theme and conflict always include personal change. The original publisher for the Dressed in Death series stipulated that our stories should be 50/50 romance and mystery. I had to learn to rein in the romance at times, but at other times, I got caught up in the mystery and forgot the romance.

Q:  If I didn’t know in advance that this was a Christian novel, would I figure it out by reading it? 

A: I believe you would. Cici is quite outspoken about her faith and brings God into her life on a regular basis. Her hero, Audie Howe, quotes the Bible as often as he quotes Oscar Wilde.

Q: Your author bio says that you write full time from a nursing home. How does that work?

A: People find the subject fascinating, so I always mention it. It’s really not that different from finding a way to write around other obstacles—working full time, raising children, housework, etc. Exchange those obstacles for uncertain health, unpredictable schedules, limited space, and you get an idea of my life here.

Q: How realistic is your setting? Do you take liberties, or are you true to life?

A: As realistic as I could make it. I took a trip through Lincoln County, Oklahoma, and took plenty of pictures. I saw a spot that looked like a gulch and that’s why I named the town Grace Gulch. I used real, historical, restaurants in the story—and then they were blown away by a tornado. That’s Oklahoma. I’ve also been told that OU’s colors aren’t red and white but crimson and cream. During the trip, I reached a point where which red clay changed to common brown dirt. The literal transformation inspired me to make the physical environment an element in the story. I didn’t include this in my story, but I also spent time in the town that served as the model for the animated movie Cars. A restaurant had memorabilia signed by crew members. I believe that was the restaurant torn down by the tornado. 

Q:  When the movie or TV series is made, who plays the major parts?

A: Ryan Gosling for Audie Howe and Kristi Wiig for Cici Wilde. And if we can add Meryl Streep for Magda Grace Mallory, that would be marvelous.

Q:  What’s the worst advice you’ve heard or received as an author?

A: I don’t know if I’ve had any terrible advice. I had one miserable encounter with an editor at a writer’s conference who said I was writing like a beginner—when I had won awards and been writing for ten years. That left me very shaken.

This isn’t bad advice, but it’s overused: write what you know. In writing nonfiction, that might be relevant. But my rule for writing fiction is write what you’re (a) passionate about and (b) what interests you. I considered writing a mystery series about a team of storm chasers, but decided I didn’t want to do the research required to make it believable. My next series, however, Murder on the Case, features a home health aide. After receiving help at home and living in a nursing home, I know a lot about the subject. But I’ve written about steamboat pilots, apple orchards, vintage clothing—all things I had fun learning about.

Q: And what’s the best advice you’ve received? 

A: These are the simplest but the most basic of all weapons in the writer’s arsenal:

  1. Read, read, read—everything. Bestsellers. Your genre. Other genres. The classics.
  2. Write, write, write—There is no substitute for writing to improve in the craft. Of course, today there are a zillion online tools to speed up the process that I learned by trial and error.
  3. Get involved with a critique group, in person or online.

 

 


Author bio: Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Wyoming to Vermont.

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