In January (I think) I sent a penultimate draft to an editor for a developmental edit. I was happy about the plot mechanics but a bit worried about the pace. He wrote back, "Jesus, you killed an ___ ______." I was so struck by the words, I included them in the final draft. He also… Continue reading How Many Murders Before the Mystery is too Grim?
When it came time to make Goodnight Irene's cover, I called on Matthew David Arthur Willis-Jones. We've been friends for twenty years, and I was well aware of his talents. Matt had been living in Oslo working on Hollywood movies (Batman Begins, Kingdom of Heaven) until he packed up for Mexico City. I described the… Continue reading On Changing Covers
Actors love to brag about the tremendous amounts of empathy required for their profession. In my experience, it is a characteristic reserved strictly for the stage. Is that too harsh? During my time in film school and my two years acting with a theater company, I met quite a number of thespians. No humans are… Continue reading Acting in The Opening Night Murders