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Where does SinCNE Go From Here?

By Pat Remick Last night the members of your Sisters in Crime New England board converged upon Vice President Julie Hennrikus’ Somerville, MA, apartment — in person and virtually — to discuss where SinCNE should go from here. These Board conversations are … Continue reading

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Secrets and Mysteries

By Pat Remick The main characters in mystery fiction should have at least three or four secrets that are revealed through the course of the book, according to SinCNE author and writing instructor extraordinaire Hallie Ephron. I think about this … Continue reading

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Why Do You Write Mysteries?

By Pat Remick Why do you write mysteries instead of another type of fiction? Many Sisters in Crime tell me Nancy Drew was their inspiration — was she also yours? I did love that series and I’ve always enjoyed the intellectual stimulation that … Continue reading

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Genres and “50 Shades of Grey”

By Pat Remick Super agent Donald Maass told last weekend’s SinCNE workshop that the key to “Writing the Breakout Novel” is writing authentically instead of becoming trapped by “genre boxes” or crafting a novel solely because you think it will be … Continue reading

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It’s All Novel Material….

By Pat Remick I do believe this to be true – that just about everything that happens in my life is potential novel, or short story, material. Do you feel the same about your life? My conviction that “It’s All Novel … Continue reading

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Obituary Stories

By Pat Remick While we all love writing, unfortunately there are times we must use our talent for tasks that are challenging or heartbreaking, such as composing obituaries or eulogies for loved ones. Recently I did both to honor my … Continue reading

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Are you a collector, too?

By Pat Remick I don’t have many hobbies compared to other people. I don’t collect coins or antiques, for example. I don’t search for stamps or yarn, nor do I fish, ski or sew. In fact, the list of things I don’t … Continue reading

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