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About C. M. Surrisi
C. M. Surrisi writes for children and adults in several genres. She is author of middle grade mysteries and middle grade commercial fiction, young adult non-fiction, picture books, and adult mysteries. She also teaches writing and is a contributor to "How to Write a Mystery," a new craft book from Mystery Writers of America.
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Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is known for providing unparalleled resources on the craft, art, and business of storytelling, helping writers of all levels improve their skills for nearly a century. Now, this handbook helps authors navigate the ever-shifting publishing landscape—from pacing, plotting, the business side of publishing, to the current demand for diversity and inclusivity across all genres, and more.
Featuring essays by a new generation of bestselling experts on various elements of the craft and shorter pieces of crowd-sourced wisdom from the MWA membership as a whole, the topics covered can be categorized as follows:
—Before Writing (rules; genres; setting; character; research; etc.)
—While Writing (outlining; the plot; dialogue; mood; etc.)
—After Writing (agents; editors; self-pub; etc.)
—Other than Novels (short stories; true crime; etc.)
—Other Considerations (diverse characters; legal questions; criticism)
Also included is a collection of essays from MWA published authors—including Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, and Charlaine Harris—selected by bestselling authors Lee Child and Laurie King and arranged thematically answering, “What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d had at the beginning of your career?”
“Everything you wanted to know about how to plan, draft, write, revise, publish, and market a mystery” (Kirkus Reviews), this inclusive manual provides practical, current, easily digestible advice for new and established authors alike.
2021 Silver Falchion Award Finalist for Best Short Story Collection presented by the Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference
Stories by Marcia Adair, Karen Engstrom Anderson, C.N. Buchholz, Barbara DaCosta, Greg Dahlager, Barbara Merritt Deese, Pat Dennis, Douglas Dorow, Thekla Fagerlie-Madsen, Steven G. Hoffmeyer, Carol Huss, Karl W. Jorgenson, Brian Lutterman, Michael Allan Mallory, Colin T. Nelson, T.S. Owen, Sherry Roberts, and C.M. Surrisi.
When ''Minnesota Nice'' flies out the window, Bad Behavior takes center stage. The Twin Cities Chapter of Sisters in Crime explores what defines the legendary ''Minnesota Nice'' and why Bad Behavior sometimes has its own rewards in their latest mystery anthology. Eighteen tales of Bad Behavior from some of Minnesota's best crime fiction authors.
In the months after Quinnie Boyd cracked the mystery of her missing teacher, she expected life in her small Maine town to snap back to normal. But two writers from New York City have arrived in Maiden Rock, and there's something not quite right about them. Sure, Ceil and Edgar are pale. And they dress in all black. And they don't go near the sunlight. But could they really be vampires? To find out, Quinnie turns to Dominic—a new kid in town who's an expert on everything geeky. Together, they'll risk their necks to find an answer . . .
TO EVERY SEASON • Mary Adler
BLACK ON BLACK IN BLACK • MB Dabney
THE PEARL NECKLACE • E.B. Davis
KNOW NOTHING • C. M. Surrisi
GREETINGS FROM THE BOARD • Mary Dutta
QUARRY • Susan Alice Bickford
CATCH AND RELEASE • Mark Thielman
DEAD ARMADILLOS DON’T DANCE • Kari Wainwright
THE CASE OF THE ABUSED ARTICHOKE • Cynthia Sabelhaus
WILD ABOUT SAFFRON • Marcia Adair
GOOD NEIGHBORS • Victoria Kazarian
STRESS KILLS • Cheryl Marceau
GRANDDAD’S BLOOD BAIT • Gene Garrison
THE LEGEND OF BAHAMA BOBBY • Melinda Loomis
RELEASING LIVES • P. A. De Voe
KILLER’S CRUISE • Joseph S. Walker
BOOK DROP • Sarah A. Bresniker
THE LAST LAUGH • Lori Roberts Herbst
THE CANINE CAPER • Michele Bazan Reed
TRUE COLORS • C. M. West
In the coastal village of Maiden Rock, Maine, Quinnie Boyd's teacher has disappeared. Quinnie thinks it's a kidnapping case, but her mom, the town sheriff, just thinks the teacher has left town. Still, Quinnie's going to follow her instincts that something's wrong.
Her investigation takes her through a damp and smelly marsh, a lobster pound, and more of Maine's messiest places. She even gets help from her glamorous new neighbor, Mariella. As the girls hunt for clues around Maiden Rock, they encounter a cast of unlikely characters. And if Quinnie's hunch is right, the search may lead them right into danger . . .
This hilarious and page-turning debut is the perfect whodunit story for middle school sleuths.
For decades, Gusty's Café has been a beloved staple in Maiden Rock, Maine. Quinnie Boyd's dad runs the café, just like Quinnie's granddad before him. But the family business has new competition when a bad-boy chef from Boston opens his own place in the small vacation town.
The new restaurant takes fancy dining to the extreme. Still, that's not a crime . . . but when things start to go wrong at Gusty's, Quinnie suspects foul play. Are the people behind Restaurant Hubert trying to squash the Boyds' family café? Quinnie is about to find out if it is a coincidence—or sabotage.