Two Mystery Writers and What they Have in Common
Marilyn and I were talking about subjects for blogs, and for some unfathomable reason I suggested we discuss the things we have in common. Could be fun, right?
Of course, first of all we’re both authors and we both write mysteries. Marilyn’s are a little more serious and mine are a little lighter, so we give you a choice. However, I have to admit, Marilyn’s stories have made me smile more than once. Yes, we are fans of each other’s books.
I believe we take special care when creating our characters. We’ve both created characters who we’ve allowed to grow and change – just like real life people.
We both do a lot of research, and we enjoy it. Although we each write fiction, the stories still need to be believable. Researching and including information in our stories can be tricky sometimes, but our books are a work of love, so it’s worth the effort.
Although my family is much smaller, Marilyn and I are both family-oriented. We care about our families and friends. I think sometimes this shows through in our writing, making the readers relate more to our characters.
As Marilyn mentioned in her blog, our initials are both MM. Small point, but there ya go. I love chocolate, and MM is just a short jump from M&Ms. But I digress.
We both do all the promoting and marketing we can possibly do, and we each cross our fingers several times a week, or at least I do. I’m sure Marilyn does, too. I think we’re both optimists, which is a good trait to have.
We have a few mutual friends in the world of authors and publishers, and we share a publisher, Oak Tree Press.
What else do we have in common? Well, we’re both relatively short, but I guess that’s a stretch when it comes to common ground.
We both have new books out. I can’t wait to read Marilyn’s Dangerous Impulses. By the time you read this, I’ll have already seen Marilyn at the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival where I hope to have her sign a copy of the book for me. My new book is They Call Me Ace, and I had a lot of fun writing it, which I hope translates to you’ll have a lot of fun reading it.
They Call Me Ace blurb:
Marguerite Turnbal was a bestselling gothic mystery writer in the 1950s. A little on the eccentric side, she had her home renovated, adding secret compartments. In her later years she told her twin daughters, Coral and Carol, that there was a treasure to be found, and she gave them only one clue to its whereabouts.
Over twenty years after Marguerite’s death a young woman is murdered in the old empty house. Chris Cross’s parents have come for a visit. His mother, Judith, and his son, Mikey, want to solve their own mystery in true Cross family tradition. Judith, also a little eccentric, breaks into the house after seeing strange lights and finds the body – not quite the mystery she was hoping to find. The Bogey Man and his family are soon gumshoeing their way through life again, looking for a murderer and hidden treasure.
Thank you for allowing me to visit today, Marilyn. Now it’s time to sit down with Dangerous Impulses and have some quiet reading time.
A name from the comments on this post will be randomly selected to win a copy of They Call Me Ace.
Marja McGraw website: http://www.marjamcgraw.com/
Marja’s Mystery Blog: http://blog.marjamcgraw.com/
|My friend and fellow mystery writer, Marja McGraw|
You can read what I wrote on the same subject on Marja's blog today.