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February 23, 2017


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Ellen Kirschman


camille minichino

Nice post, but I'm suspecting Ellen of ulterior motives with that last line.

camille minichino

What I meant was the line about saving it for therapy!

Michael A. Black

Good points, Mar. Introducing the backstory at the proper time is crucial for building the reader's interest. It's interesting that you mentioned Ross MacDonald. He was a transplanted Canadian, and told a bit more about Archer in the early novels, but once admitted in an interview that he wished he'd developed the character a bit more. "When he turns sideways, you can hardly see him," MacDonald said. You might want to check out the movie, Harper, with Paul Newman starring as MacDonald's sleuth.

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