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July Interviews













7/1 Lena Gregory, Scone Cold Killer
7/8 Jessica Baker, Murder on the Flying Scotsman
7/15 TG Wolff, Driving Reign
7/22 Leslie Budewitz, The Solace of Bay Leaves
7/29 Cynthia Kuhn, The Study of Secrets


Saturday Guest Bloggers

7/11 Mark Dressler
7/18 James McCrone

WWK Bloggers:

7/4 Valerie Burns
7/25 Kait Carson

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Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!


Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.


Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.


Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Cliffhangers

by Kaye George


Here’s where my last post for Writers Who Kill left off:
... I actually DID come up with an excellent solution, but I have to leave you with a teaser—can’t tell you yet what will happen. Tune in two Sundays from now!

Here it is, two Sundays from then. But…well…I can’t tell you the solution to having my publisher go out of business yet. I’ll have to leave you with a cliff hanger again this time. Sorry! 


Speaking of cliffhangers, they are a staple in genre fiction, at least in the kind I write. They are how we keep our readers turning pages, staying up late, and—we hope—enjoying our books. They belong at the ends of chapters and scenes. I’ve taken classes where it’s advocated to do them at the end of every chapter and scene. I’ve also been advised, by an editor I respect, not to put them at every single one. That gets too predictable—ho hum.


How do we create cliffhangers? We raise a question and don’t answer it. Yet. We start some action and don’t finish it. Yet. We create an expectation and don’t fill it. Yet. Sounds like we’re being mean, doesn’t it? It’s all for your own good. Trust me! 


Another way to produce tension with a cliffhanger is to change the point of view (POV). Just when one character is getting to the juicy part, end the scene and switch to the other character. No, that’s not cheating! It’s our way of making it more interesting.

So, hang on for two more Sundays! I hope you’ll be back.

Photos from morguefile.com

by teacake, impure_with_memory, MushyTaters

4 comments:

KM Rockwood said...

The idea of ending every chapter with a cliffhanger is tempting. We want our readers to think, "What happened next?" and stay up to read just one more chapter.

But you're right--that would end up being boring.


Change of POV is a great technique, but I seldom use more than one POV in my work. This one person (or animal or robot or ghost) is telling the story through me, and I can't get my mid around another POV.

Kaye George said...

Changing POV is just one trick in the bag. It's a big bag! Thanks for stopping in, KM.

Kait said...

I'm on the edge of my chair!

Chapter-ending cliffies are wonderful techniques, but not every chapter and NEVER at the end of a book. My wall has a few dents due to book ending cliffhangers where the solution to the crime has been left hanging. Cliffies for subplots are fine, at least in my opinion.

Kaye George said...

I agree, Kait! Unless the next book is right there, within reach, that just doesn't work! I know they want to to read the next book, but it may be months, a year, before it comes out. By that time, you're not really interested any more.