Animals as Characters

I have notebooks full of material on each of my characters. I love creating their stories, starting with when and where they were born. I’ve read everything I can find on how to develop interesting characters, and I’ve studied books by writers thought by their critics...

Settings III: Channel Islands

We had long planned to visit the Channel Islands, which cluster in the English Channel between England and France, nearer France. The islands, Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney, are famous for their great beauty. We visited only Jersey and Guernsey, where the...

The Cozier The Better

Mystery fiction can be categorized in many different ways, but one of the most frequently used distinctions has to do with the tone of the book. Using tone as the deciding factor, the three major mystery categories (or subgenres) are hard-boiled, cozy and traditional....