My friend Ruth Madison invited me to talk about my next big project. This chain letter of sorts is an opportunity for authors to connect with each other as well as discuss their works in progress.
I’ve chosen to deviate from the norm by telling you about my novel coming out on November [...]
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Last night I saw a sneak preview of the independent film Compliance. It’s about a prank caller who pretends to be a police officer and convinces a fast food manager that one of her employees committed a crime. [...]
When I started this blog almost four years ago, I chose the title An Aspiring Novelist in Hollywood.
At the time, I was finishing my first novel and still considered “aspiring” as it had yet to be published. Since I didn’t want to start blogging without some general direction, I thought the [...]
In September 2012, City University in London will launch the UK’s first MA in crime thriller writing. The school already offers a master’s in creative writing, which traditionally translates as “a focus on literary fiction,” but now they’re branching out to explore one of the most popular genres in publishing. According to [...]
When it comes to scholarship and teaching, there is one area where film schools are considerably more advanced than English departments: their comfort level with genre.
Cinema programs, USC’s in particular, regularly offer classes devoted to melodrama, comedy, musical, noir (actually a style rather than a separate genre), and horror. Media professors acknowledge various conventions [...]
Netflix can be a great tool for a writer. True story. By that I don’t refer to the countless hours spent “researching” films and TV shows when you should be writing. That’s an ancillary benefit, and I’m not one to judge because I, too, “research” more than I should.
The best part of Netflix for [...]
Fear not, I am alive. I know I’ve been absent from the blog lately, but rest assured that’s partially a good thing.
I’ve been writing. While I’m trying to retrain my discipline to produce a small amount of content on a consistent basis, last month’s state has been akin to spurts of creativity. This occurred [...]