Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday #Mystery #Thriller #Writing Tips

For a change of pace, I asked a few other authors to share some of their favorite writing tips, bit and small. To start, here's what a couple of them had to say:


Jeffrey Westhoff, author of the YA spy thriller, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, says his favorite writing tip is simple: 

" When you finish up writing for the day, leave off in the middle of a sentence. When you resume writing again, it should be easier to get back into the flow."

About the Book:

The adventure of Brian Parker's dreams has just become a nightmare. While on a school trip to Europe, Brian hopes for just a taste of the glamour and excitement from his favorite spy novels. He gets way more than he bargained for when he stumbles across a wounded spy in a Lucerne alley. Brian faces a deadly path, but reading all those spy novels has taught him a few tricks of the trade. They just might save his life.

Terrie Farley Moran is author of the fun Read em and Eat Mystery series. The next book, Read to Death, comes out July 5.  She has not one, but two writing tips she says have helped her get to where she is now. Good advice!

" I have two favorite writing tips, both borrowed from other authors. I rely on these two because, as the Queen of Procrastination, I need constant prodding to sit down and write. So I take advice from these fabulous writers. "I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine o'clock every morning." William Faulkner, author of  The Sound and the Fury. "Don't write it right, right it down." Gillian Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper series.

And here's more about her latest,  Read to Death,  coming in July:

The national bestselling author of Caught Read-Handed revisits Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where the proprietors of a local bookstore café occasionally take a stab at solving murder...
At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…
With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories  and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.

After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.


  1. Hi Jeffrey, great to meet you. Mid-sentence sounds like an interesting trick. I'll try it! Hi Chris, thanks for hosting. Terrie

  2. Thanks again Terrie. Always good to have you stop by. Jeffrey too!

  3. Hi Terrie,

    I got that tip from one of my former newspaper writing coaches. Good to meet you, too. Great tips!