I can't tell you how many times I've read "my-book-must-have" lists written by established authors. All have been helpful, but I LOVE the one I've chosen to share here today. I especially love Hallie Ephron's advice on opening scenes. Here's a taste:
"Hallie Ephron, the author of Come and Find Me, Never Tell a Lie and Writing and Selling your Mystery Novel: How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style, amongst others, knows how to write a page-turner. (And in case you’re wondering, yes, she is one of the well-known Ephron family of writers.)
"Mystery and psychological suspense are her specialty, but the writing tools she offered at the Willamette Writer’s Conference spell great writing advice – whether you write mystery/suspense, other fiction forms or memoir, too. Here are a list of 20 writing tips to use as a checklist for your writing.
* Open the book in action. Read books you love and see how those authors open their books.
* Even when you start in action, readers still need to care about your characters (or about you, if it’s a memoir). Even character-driven authors, like Janet Evanovich, draw you in through the power of their quirky characters actions and those characters’ strong voices.
* A common opening mistake is to include too much backstory. Get moving. Then, layer in backstory in bits as the story gets going."
Have I caught your attention? It's a good list, isn't it? To read more, including her point that suspense novels must contain secrets, click here.
By the way, Bonnie won my blog hop prize. Congratulations!