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And the Winners Are…

The 2017 Agatha Award WinnersBest Contemporary Novel**Glass Houses: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny  (Minotaur Books) Best Historical Novel**In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen  (Lake Union Publishing)  Best First Novel**Hollywood Homicide: A Detective by Day Mystery by Kellye Garrett  (Midnight Ink) Best Nonfiction**From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women who Created an Icon by Mattias Boström  (Mysterious Press) Best Short Story**“The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn” by Gigi Pandian (Henery Press) Best Children’s/Young Adult**Sydney Mackenzie Knocks ‘Em Dead by Cindy Callaghan  (Aladdin)  Winners of the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards BEST NOVELBluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown & Co./Mulholland Books) BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHORShe Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper (HarperCollins – Ecco) BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINALThe Unseeing by Anna Mazzola (Sourcebooks – Sourcebooks Landmark) BEST FACT CRIMEKillers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Penguin Random House – Doubleday) BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICALChester B. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson (W.W. Norton & Company) BEST SHORT STORY“Spring Break” – New Haven Noir by John Crowley (Akashic Books) BEST JUVENILEVanished! By James Ponti (Simon & Schuster – Aladdin) BEST YOUNG ADULTLong Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Simon & Schuster – Atheneum Books for Young […]

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Method Writing: Getting Into Character

To play Holocaust survivor Wladyslaw Szpilman in the The Pianist, actor Adrien Brody learned how to play piano, practicing for four hours a day. He also gave up his apartment, sold his car and drifted around Europe so that he could identify with Szpilman’s isolation.  To write a memorable character, I think authors have to be just as willing to lose themselves in their protagonists. A main character’s actions and words, the way he or she handles problems and the thoughts that run through his or her head, can’t be a thinly veiled version of the author’s own responses and musings. Authors must become “method” writers.  The Method was developed by famous acting teacher Constantin Stanislavski. It’s a way of getting into character that involves an actor doing things in his own life to allow greater identification with a part. Actors playing dancers learn to dance. Charlize Theron gained a bunch of weight and changed her appearance for Monster to get into the head of her hard living, serial killer character. Nicholas Cage walked around the street in facial bandages to understand how isolating those kind of wounds can be to get into his wounded veteran character in Birdy. I tried to employ the method with my first book, […]

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