For all you mystery/crime writers out there, there is a fantastic blog that you need to know about -- RED JUNGLE WRITERS....Eight smart and sassy crime fiction writers dish on writing and life. It's The View. With bodies.
And when Hallie Ephron, one of those eight fabulous/famous writers, needed help with plot she turned to the one and only PLOT WHISPERER. Lucky for us Hallie shared the interview on the blog. Here is an excerpt:
HALLIE:I wonder (she said selfishly) if you could offer a few tips for conjuring plots for mystery novels -- or perhaps a few pitfalls?
MARTHA: I do not pretend to be an expert at crafting mystery novels, I leave that to you. However, after more than 20 years of analyzing hundreds of novels of all genres, memoirs and screenplays and teaching and consulting with writers from five years old to 102 from all over the world, I am an expert on plot.
You say you are on page 225 and, based on the page count of your recent novel (congratulations, by the way, on a fabulous story!), I’d say you are either building to the crisis or in the threshold after the crisis and making final preparations for the ascent to the climax.
JILL CORCORAN is a children’s book agent with Herman Agency. Her current interests include: high concept Young Adult and Middle Grade Thrillers, Mystery, Romance, Romantic Comedies, and Adventure manuscripts.