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Category: Author Essay

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The Best Books About Identity Theft and Deception

Identity theft and deception populate the true crime genre in graphic novels and retellings that you have to read to believe!


The Best World Building in Crime Fiction

Four crime writers who've mastered world building and prove that any place, no matter how far-flung, can be made a convincing character when written well.


How to Write Suspense Based on True Events

Transforming eerie real-life phenomenon into bone-chilling suspense.

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David Baldacci’s Favorite Classic Detective Films (and His Favorite True Crime Podcast)

Hint: Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall. Jack Nicholson & Faye Dunaway.

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Sandra Brown’s All-Time Favorite Novels Might Surprise You

Bestselling romantic suspense author Sandra Brown shares her five favorite books of all time.

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Karen Ellis on Reading the Masters of Literary Suspense

Author Karen Ellis lays out her all-time favorite literary suspense novels.

How Sandra Brown Writes Supercharged Romantic Suspense (Every Time)

Bestselling romantic suspense author Sandra Brown offers her tried-and-true tips for writing romantic suspense.

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How to Write Sidekick Characters

Thriller author Chris Holm shares his writing tips about the most important qualities in sidekick characters.


How to Write Historical Crime Fiction

Author William Shaw shares his five rules to writing historical crime fiction.


How to Write a Historical Crime Novel

William Shaw is the author of the Breen and Tozer series, mysteries set in London in the late 1960s.

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