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YA Mysteries: 5 W’s and an H — Why?

I am literally just back from my first time attending Bouchercon, the nation’s largest conference of mystery writers, readers, and fans. It was a fantastic experience — plenty of Sisters (and Brothers) in Crime on hand, a crowd of authors … Continue reading

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YA Mysteries: 5 Ws and an H — What?

The “real photo” postcard shown here rests on my computer desktop, and when I have a little extra time, I slip back into research, trying to find more of its context. My husband Dave found it for me while I … Continue reading

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YA Mysteries: 5 W’s and an H — Who?

The “who” of young adult (YA) mysteries applies in two ways: who are the characters, and who are the readers? A third dimension is the interactions among all of these. The photos shown here are of children in the workforce. … Continue reading

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YA Mysteries: 5 W’s and an H — Where?

One of the best known items of writing advice is “Write what you know.” I’ve appreciated SinCNE author Lisa Haselton’s sharing of a local policing course, as an example of how “what we know” expands according to what we choose … Continue reading

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“Bloody Murder”: Compendium of Homicide, “YA” Style

The Boston Globe today carries an interview by Craig Fehrman with an academic — Michelle Ann Abate, professor of literature at Ohio State. Abate has compiled a list of “grisly literary hits for kids,” as Fehrman describes her work. It … Continue reading

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Promises Versus Expectations: YA Mysteries

I love this street art (by Banksy, I believe), which I photographed in Boston a few years ago while doing research for my latest YA mystery, Cold Midnight. Wow — are we canceling the American dream? I instantly pictured different … Continue reading

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Suddenly, She Knew Her Next Move: When the Young Adult Mystery Makes the Leap

One of the big “issues” in young adult fiction is the level of violence in the books. And that’s “violence” in multiple forms: beatings, abuse, sexual abuse, death by murder or manslaughter, death by suicide. There are long and complex … Continue reading

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