What I learned this weekend

I never was assigned an essay called “What I Learned on Summer Vacation” so I’m assigning one to Bethany and myself, post Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee.

There’s something special about spending time with writers:

Using Murder to Bring People together

Writing about murder means you get asked interesting questions:


All writing is good writing:



Character development means different things to different people:




Don’t worry about using people you know in a book, especially if you have special names for them:


Writers have day jobs:


Some authors are pants-ers; others are plotters:


Sometimes you do what you are told:


You don’t have to kill characters to be interesting:



Mystery writers are some of the nicest, encouraging and greatest people to hang out with.  It’s amazing what happens when the folks behind Crimespree Magazine pull together some of their favorite people and ask them some questions.

Thanks for letting me tag along.


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