- Carole Price is on a panel with Carrie Padget at the San Joaquin Sisters in Crime meeting on Saturday, June 6 at 10:00 AM. Following that, Carole and Carrie appear at the Clovis Book Barn for an event at 2:00 PM.
- Michael A. Black will be at the Printers Row Book Fair in Chicago next weekend, June 6-7. He'll be signing at the Mystery Writers of America tent and is also on a panel on Sunday called "Writers for Hire: Taking an Idea that Wasn't Yours."
Crime fiction is often a reflection of what we fear most. Injustice, death, or being blamed for someone else's crime are just a few of the common fears explored in mystery and suspense stories. Join us next week as we talk about all those scary things that go bump in the night!
This quote from a letter Dashiell Hammett sent to his editor at Black Mask reflects one of my fears:
. . . this sleuth of mine has degenerated into a meal ticket. I liked him at first and used to enjoy putting him through his tricks; but recently I’ve fallen into the habit of bringing him out and running him around whenever the landlord, or the butcher, or the grocer shows signs of nervousness.
There are men who can write like that, but I am not one of them. If I stick to the stuff I want to write — the stuff I enjoy writing —I can make a go of it, but when I try to grind out a yarn because I think there is a market for it, I flop.
Whenever, from now on, I get hold of a story that fits my sleuth, I shall put him to work, but I’m through with trying to run him on a schedule. (http://www.donherron.com/?p=4063)