Writing Crime Fiction: Making Crime Pay

Writing Crime Fiction: Making Crime Pay


By (author) Janet Laurence, Edited by Dr. Graham Lawler


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  • Publisher: STUDYMATES
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 212mm x 16mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Abergele
  • ISBN 10: 1842850881
  • ISBN 13: 9781842850886
  • Sales rank: 331,669

Product description

Here is how to become a published crime writer. "Writing Crime" is an excellent introduction to the genre from a well-established and highly respected author. In this book you will learn: how to start writing crime; how to layer your novel with clues; how to find a market for your work; and, how to be a professional crime writer.

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Author information

Janet Laurence is an established crime writer. She is the author of the Darina Lisle crime series as well as the Canaletto murder series and the novel To Kill the Past. She also contributed to the Murder they Wrote Collection in 1994 and is writer in residence at a college in Australia every summer. Janet Laurence lives in Somerset where like her heroine she enjoys cooking.

Table of contents

1 Introduction 2 Different approaches and dealing with outlines 3 Settings and Issues 4 Characterisation and motivation 5 Dialogue 6 Backgrounds and specialist knowledge 7 Narrative Style and first paragraphs 8 Focus, suspect, clues and red herrings 9 Pace or the smoking gun 10 Denouements and endings 11 research