What I’m reading: Stolen, by Allison Brennan; Cardwell Ranch Trespasser, by B.J. Daniels
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At SleuthFest this year, I attended a mixture of craft and business panels. I think this conference has a very good mix, with things for readers and writers at all career levels. I’ll hit some of the highlights in this and future posts.
The first panel I went to was about plotting mysteries, with Jaden Terrell, Irene Sullivan, Mike Dennis, and Keith Thomson. It was moderated by Kris Montee (half of PJ Parrish), and I’d like to take this opportunity to say she really understands the role of moderator. It was a well run session. Thanks!
She addressed the panel, asking each to talk about where their plot ideas come from, a very common question. Personal experiences that lead to the big “what if” questions are often a jumping off point. One panelist said he’d noticed something on his skin, and his mind immediately went to “someone planted a bug when I wasn’t looking” which led him to brain implants, which led to a thriller. That what he’d noticed was simply a cyst didn’t matter. Other starting points were setting (note: I took this approach with Danger in Deer Ridge), or an opening line the author was dying to use, or a character.