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October Interviews
10/2 Debra H. Goldstein, Two Bites To Many
10/10 Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder
10/17 Lida Sideris, Double Murder or Nothing
10/23 Toni L. P. Kelner writing as Leigh Perry, The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking
10/30 Jennifer David Hesse, Autumn Alibi

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
10/5 Ang Pompano
10/12 Eyes of Texas Anthology Writers
10/19 Neil Plakcy

WWK Bloggers: 10/26 Kait Carson

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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:



Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.


Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.


Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files.


Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

How It All Started




How it all started 

Brett Battles’ novella, Becoming Quinn, is a prequel to the Jonathan Quinn novels.
Just before reading this novella, I read a really poorly written novel about the origin of an action hero. That author should read this author to see how clever and engrossing a back-story can be.  Battles started his story with a botched hit.  It was not at all clear who was targeted and why. 
The protagonist was a “cleaner” whose role was to make evidence of the murder disappear, leaving a false trail for the authorities.  When the situation deteriorated he had to act in haste, lacking enough time to double check his tasks and tie up every loose end.  Rookie Phoenix police officer Jake Oliver observed minor oddities in the crime scene, but his training officer assigned him to crowd control before he can share his observations with detectives.

Jake cannot shake the sense that the presumed story is somehow false.  With the help of another rookie policeman, he initiates a personal investigation that turns up other hints that the crime was not as obvious as it appeared.  When he finally tried to share what he has learned, the authorities were more interested in Jake’s failure to follow procedures than in what he has uncovered. 
The group that organized the assassination pressures the cleaner to eliminate Jake, but the cleaner has developed respect for the raw skills, intelligence and persistence of the untutored rookie. 
The cleaner and the rookie end up cooperating to face a common threat. Jake is presented with an opportunity he did not expect.

Anyone wanting to create a back-story for a character should read this book to see how well it can be done. What "origin stories" do you recommend?  

5 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

Body in the Big Apple by Katherine Hall Page was written as a prequel about five years after her first in series was released. Although this cozy series in no way resembles the dark tale of Jonathan Quinn, the prequel Page wrote fit her later books. It explained her MC's vocation and the ironic basis of her marriage. In the later stories, her MC felt out of place in the small New England town where they had settled. The prequel showed the MC's love of New York City, where she grew up. This book was a well done prequel that filled in the backstory.

Gloria Alden said...

Elizabeth George wrote a prequel to her Inspector Lynley series. I think it may have been "A Great Deliverance" since that is listed first now, at least in the paperback versions. I've read it, but it seems to be the only one of her books missing from my shelf so I probably lent it to someone and didn't get it back.

Kara Cerise said...

What an interesting book, Warren. I don't recall reading many prequels although I enjoy them.

I have heard there is a movie prequel being developed for Agatha Christie's Miss Marple as a 30-something crime solver.

E. B. Davis said...

Now that's one I'd like to see. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Kara. Miss Marple at age 30. That should be interesting.

Yolanda Renee said...

Writing a prequel for my Detective series now, great post, I'll check out some of these suggestions!