Mystery writers have an advantage over mainstream writers. Conflict, tension, suspense, and curiosity are inherent in the genre.
Writing mystery has another advantage. The overall story goal is a given = to solve the mystery. Classic character-driven writers are often "spoken to by the muse" through the character development. These writers often struggle with creating concrete goals for the character. Goal setting for classic action-driven writers, on the other hand, is often a breeze.
All mystery writers have one thing in common. They write to solve a mystery.
Mysteries have at least three elements:
- A mystery -- something to solve. The mystery provides dramatic action.
- A culprit, human or otherwise, who acts as a major antagonist.
- A protagonist who is out to solve the mystery.
Terri's most recent mystery release: Stamped Out is the first in the Stamping Sisters mystery series. Stamped Out received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly AND 4 Stars! from the Romantic Times magazine, which also reviews mysteries.
I had the great honor of working with Terri in the book's early development.
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