PSWA Conference: Michael Black

Michael A. Black is going to tell us "How to Plot Your Novel in An Hour."

Michael earned a BA in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing. He also is a former Army MP and for the past thirty years has been a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago. He's the author of over forty articles ranging from police work to popular fiction and also has over thirty short stories published in various anthologies and magazines, including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

He's had several mystery novels published also including HOSTILE TAKEOVERS.

He's been a SWAT team leader and held many other law enforcement jobs. His hobbies include weightlifting, running, and the martial arts and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. You can visit his website to learn more about him and his books at

Think of all the questions you could ask him that will make your book more authentic.

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Kevin R. Tipple said…
My review of his book is on my blog and elsewhere. Fair warning----I was NOT impressed.
Cheryl said…
This sounds like an excellent workshop too.

Thanks for including the link to Michael's website. I like the look there, and it's interesting to see who he's co-authored books with.

Isn't a great thing that there are so many books out there since we all have such different tastes? I'm not sure which book of Michael A. Black's your read, but the one I read was terrific! Reminded me a lot of the detective stories I first fell in love with.

Cheryl said…
That's the fun thing about being a book reviewer--sometimes you pick things up in a book that no one else does. I have to admit there have been times after I've read a book that I wondered if the people who reviewed it were relatives (lol), but overall, I'm more often in the majority opinion than not.


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