Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mystery Loves Company

By Michael E. Field

Someone in the quiet suburb of Pineview is torturing and killing average citizens in a manner that sickens and shocks the most seasoned police officers. Only when the body count starts to rise do the police identify a method to the madness - each victim’s death is associated with their occupation.

Detective Kathy Sear leads the investigation to stop the carnage and apprehend the person responsible for launching the wave of terror. While conducting the investigation she must also over-come lingering physical and mental hurdles from an earlier near fatal attack. When she is almost at her wits end she receives help from an unexpected source, Senior Detective Greg Hawkins, who is also battling his own demons. Working together again, they quickly identify the common link of the killings and start to close in on the suspect, who keeps one step ahead of them at every turn.

Question from the e-mail:  Is writing an art? Or can anyone do it?

Answer:  It is both and anyone can Learn to do it on some level.

I do believe that writing is an art. But it’s also a craft. No one can write your stories but you. No one can create exactly as you can. No one else on earth has your “voice.”

But there are tips and little techniques that you can learn to make the work easier for you. And there are grammar rules that each of us must learn and they don't always come naturally, even to folks with undeniable talent.

Just as an artist learns to mix colors, what glaze or wash will enhance a color, or help to make water look "wet," so will a writer learn how to get across to the reader the story that goes on in her head.

Like anything you do, the more practice you put in, the better you get at it.

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