Monthly Archives: June 2011

Igniting the flame

I recently read a blog written by Nathan Bransford, a former literary agent with Curtis Brown, Ltd, and author of Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Kapow.

He discussed how writers can add mystery to their plots. The essence of his blog was that there are all types of mysteries, not just whodunits. Mystery is created by the simple act of strategically placing and withholding information throughout the novel. The element of mystery is essential to creating a page turner, for without it there is no action and the story becomes dull. Mystery keeps the reader engaged. I won’t go into further detail, but if you’re interested, you can read more here.

I started thinking about how I became such a bookworm as a child and the answer is—mysteries. I was a bit of a tomboy, as you might suspect and I devoured every Hardy Boy and Nancy Drew mystery I could get my hands on. Still, my favorite was the Silver Spoon Mystery, written by Dorothy Sterling. (Published in 1958 and still available through Amazon). Available here

Curiosity coupled with my love of nature and animals, (Rin Tin Tin and Lassie Come Home come to mind) make it clear to me how my reading interests influenced my writing style.

Tell me, what were your childhood favorites?

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