Author Archives: somethingisgoingtohappen

CRIME FICTION IN JAPAN

Over the past few years EQMM has received a number of excellent stories from Japanese writers, and that has inspired me to expand on a post I made on EQMM’s Web-site forum four years ago, shortly after the Fukushima nuclear … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Characters, Ellery Queen, International, Passport | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“I Am a Genre Writer” (by Margaret Maron)

Margaret Maron’s achievements as a mystery and crime writer have been recognized by all of our field’s major organizations. She is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, a recipient of the Malice Domestic Convention’s Lifetime Achievement Award, … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Characters, Courtroom Mysteries, Fiction, Genre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Hold That Thought” (by Dandi Daley Mackall)

Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of more than 450 books, many of them for children and young adults. In 2012, she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery for her novel The Silence of Murder … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Characters, Fiction, Guest | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“And Then There Was Why: The Mystery in Mystery Fiction” (by Tim L. Williams)

Tim L. Williams’s short stories began appearing in EQMM in 2005. A number of them have gone on to be nominated for, or to win, major awards in the field. In 2011 he received the International Thriller Award for his … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Characters, Genre, Guest | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“RULE #1: PLEASE IGNORE ANY RULES FOUND BELOW” (by John Morgan Wilson)

John Morgan Wilson’s first novel, Simple Justice, which launched his Benjamin Justice series, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel for its year of publication, 1996. Three other novels in the eight-book Justice series received Lambda Literary … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Business, Editing, Guest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Roads and Wilderness: Two Novels by James M. Cain” (by Zoë Z. Dean)

Zoë Z. Dean (a pseudonym for Kentucky writer Lauren James) debuted in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in November 2014 with the story “Getaway Girl”—for which she has just won the Mystery Writers of America’s Robert L. Fish Memorial Award … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Characters, Fiction, Genre, Guest, Noir | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

“The Curious Case of the Novel in Stories” (by Art Taylor)

Art Taylor made his fiction debut nearly twenty years ago, in EQMM’s Department of First Stories, with the December 1995 story “Murder on the Orient Express,” but there was a long hiatus before he appeared again, and most of his … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Editing, Education, Fiction, Genre, Guest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

“A Break in the Order of Things: Coincidence in Fiction and in Life” by Steven Gore

Steven Gore is a former private detective who told EQMM he spent decades  “investigating murder, fraud, organized crime, corruption, and drug, sex and arms trafficking.”  He has been featured, for his investigative work, on 60 Minutes. The San Francisco Bay … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Fiction, Genre, Guest, Police Procedurals, Private Eye, Readers, Story, Writers, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A FEW REFLECTIONS ABOUT SUSPENSE

A few days ago I received an e-mail from one of EQMM’s Passport to Crime translators, Josh Pachter. It contained a detailed synopsis of a story he proposed translating for us, but in the few lines of the e-mail preceding … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Genre, Readers, Suspense, Thrillers, Translation, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

“Preparing for the Audience” (by Michael Haskins)

A former journalist, Michael Haskins began his fiction-writing career in the pages of EQMM’s 2007 March/April double issue, with the Department of First Stories tale “Murder in Key West.” The central character of that story, Key West journalist Mick Murphy, … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Fiction, Genre, Guest, Publishing, Readers, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment