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I can answer questions about writing the mystery novel, how to plot a mystery, how to handle the clues, the role of characters, how readers react to the mystery, why mysteries are so popular, how to learn from other mystery writers, etc.

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I have been writing, studying writing, reading mysteries and mentoring emerging writers for 30 years. I have a BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing.

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Geoff08/06/07101010Thanks for your clear & lucid response!
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2007-08-06 Page layout:

Hello Geoff:    Thank you very much; I do enjoy this work.    First, you are getting the cart ahead of the horse a bit here. I assume this is your first novel, and your first draft. Before you need to

2006-02-13 types of driving questions, any must?:

Hello Michael:    The most important questions in a mystery besides "Who" and "Why" would be "How," "When," and "Where."     The story will answer those questions, and may/will also deal with such matters

2005-12-05 mystery books:

Hello Leco:    So you want to read a mystery! Of course there are thousands of mystery books, contemporary and classic. You should familiarize yourself with the "Golden Age" of the mystery, a period during


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