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Mar Preston asks: Would You Like to Be on My Street Team?

Street team

Would You Like to Be on My Street Team? I’ve been hurtling along behind my desk and in my head at supersonic speed and the two projects I’ve been working on have come to an end. I’ve picked through both manuscripts like an OCD sufferer way into compulsive lunatic territory. There I nothing more to […]

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Becoming Wildly Successful As A Crime Fiction Writer

Crime Fiction

Becoming Wildly Successful As A Crime Fiction Writer The worst thing that could happen to me as a crime fiction writer would be that I was suddenly wildly successful. I’m very comfortable here on the edge of the shadows. The limelight would blind me. We are all familiar with the experience of picking up a […]

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I Witnessed The Perseid Meteor Showers Show

Perseid Meteor Showers

The Perseid Meteor Showers Show This year I witnessed the Perseid Meteor showers show from a nearby peak in the Central California mountains. A huge, yellow half moon hung in the sky overhead and the stars were bright. Of course my friends and I were not the only people excited about seeing the best viewing […]

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Mar Preston says: I’m Chasing the Fickle Creative Muse

Muse

Chasing the Fickle Creative Muse The hard work of writing my crime fiction novels has brought me joy, some success, and even enjoyment, this setting down of dark crime fiction for others to read. (MP) But once in a while the passion fades. And it becomes plain work that I just don’t want to do. […]

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What Do Crime Fiction Readers Want?

Crime Fiction Readers

What Do Crime Fiction Readers Want? A writing teacher long ago gave me a formula for commercial fiction: Take a likeable character who pursues overwhelming odds to reach a worthwhile goal. The worse you make your protagonist suffer, the more your readers will cheer when they overcome it. Do you agree? (MP) Crime Fiction readers […]

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Am I the Only Crime Writer out There Addicted to Spider Solitaire?

Spider Solitaire

Am I the Only Crime Writer out There Addicted to Spider Solitaire? I can sit at my desk with the current mystery I’m working on open in one screen, and all too easily switch screens, and say that I’m going to allow myself only one game. Then two. And so it goes. I’m addicted. (MP) When […]

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Write What You Know? Writing as an Astral Projection Device

Write What You Know

Write What You Know? Writing as an Astral Projection Device Write what you know? Is that the belief crime writers go by? I don’t think so. Most of us will never commit a crime worthy of a police investigation. We’ll never encounter a career criminal. Although I’ve never been in a fist fight I can […]

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10 Reasons to Write Crime Fiction

Crime Fiction

10 Reasons to Write Crime Fiction Don’t you wish you could get back at men who are bullies and jerks, those women who are gold-diggers and narcissists? You can by writing crime fiction. I never wanted to hang out in a cop bar, or be a cop, but police work has always fascinated me. Most […]

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