Author Archives: Nancy Gardner

About Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner’s short stories have been published in magazines, anthologies and online. Currently she’s working on a mystery set in Salem Massachusetts and featuring a present-day Salem witch who uses her ability to walk into the dreams of others to learn their secrets and solve crime.

Yoga for Crime Writers: AKA Corpse Pose

Crime Bake is a wonderful way to connect with writers, agents, editors, publishers and readers who love crime writing. But the annual conference also carries with it some baggage, in the form of physical and mental stress. Enter author and … Continue reading

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Linda Barnes Interview

Linda Barnes, one of New England’s most celebrated mystery writers, author of four Michael Spraggue novels and twelve Carlotta Carlyle novels, has kindly agreed to talk to us about her newest novel, The Perfect Ghost. Welcome, Linda. Nancy: After your … Continue reading

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Side Effects: Learning from Movies

Like most people, I’ve always loved a good movie or TV drama.  In fact, my earliest remembered dream is of sitting behind the Lone Ranger and Mickey Mouse as we gallop down the street on that magnificent white horse, Silver. … Continue reading

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Swain Again-MRUs

During Mary Buckham’s recent online Pacing class, she suggested we improve our scene pacing by following a model found in Chapter 4 of  Dwight V. Swain’s book, Techniques of the Selling Writer. That model involves breaking scenes into goal/conflict/disaster, followed … Continue reading

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Steering Action Through Scene and Sequel

Lately I’ve been struggling to figure out how to improve the pacing of my scenes.  Enter the SinCNE-sponsored online class taught by Mary Buckham. The class covers much more than scene pacing, but scene pacing has stymied me for a … Continue reading

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Mary Buckham Interview

In a just few days, SinCNE will proudly sponsor a specially adapted Mary Buckham online class: Pacing: How to Create a Page Turning Mystery Manuscript. If you haven’t already signed up, do so here: http://www.sincne.org/events/register-our-customized-online-pacing-course-mary-buckham Mary is an award-winning romantic-suspense … Continue reading

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Bending Fiction, Serving Reality

Stephen King, one of my favorite writers, once said about writing, “You can never bend reality to serve the fiction. You have to bend the fiction to serve reality.” He also said, “You may be entranced with what you’re learning … Continue reading

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