A Tale of Three Prototypes

One of the things I say to aspiring authors is that the number one reason a writer never sees publication is that they don’t finish that first draft. The thing is, first drafts are ugly. They’re universally terrible. Anyone who says they’re a one-draft writer either has no sense of quality control, or they’re lying.Continue reading “A Tale of Three Prototypes”

In Defense of Comfort Reading

Originally published in Red Herrings, the Newsletter of the Crime Writers Association The cosy mystery gets a lot of hate these days. Modern cosies tend to be like popcorn: light, tasty, but ultimately insubstantial. The writing can be workmanlike and slapdash. But the most common criticism, in my experience, is that the stories are superficial,Continue reading “In Defense of Comfort Reading”