Writing is hard, for sure, but coming up with fascinating stories and interesting ways to frame them doesn’t have to be quite so puzzling.
So many of the current popular novels out there are either mysteries or have some mystery element to them (see Gone Girl, Life After Life, The Woman Upstairs, and of course The Mystery Woman). Approaching any storyline as you would a mystery is a great way to naturally build tension, pace, and plot. Also, mysteries are fun!
Please join me on June 15 at 1:30pm to talk about our favorite contemporary and classic novels and how the elements of mystery helped shape them. I’ll also present ways to include mystery elements to interest readers, ramp up the tension, and keep those pages turning, and answer any questions you may have about how to tackle your story.
See you in June!
Sarah Branham is thrilled to say she has been at Atria Books for twelve years. During that time, she has acquired an impressive list of titles in the areas of commercial and literary fiction, including mysteries, thrillers, and historical, as well as cookbooks and memoirs. Her authors include Rosie Alison (2010 Orange Prize finalist), Paul Cleave (#1 international bestseller), Sahar Delijani (debut novelist), Cathi Hanauer (New York Times bestseller), Ellen Hopkins (#1 New York Times bestselling author), Lisa Jewell (international bestseller), Douglas Kennedy (international bestseller), William Kent Krueger (New York Times bestseller), Kim McCosker (#1 internationally bestselling creator of the 4 Ingredients series), Juliet Nicolson (debut novelist and critically-acclaimed historian), Aarón Sánchez (Food Network celebrity), and Abigail Tarttelin (debut novelist). A native Texan, she received a B.A. in English and Communication from Trinity University in San Antonio, in 1996. She has been in publishing for 16 years, beginning on the publicity side at W.W. Norton and Dutton.
Check out her Advanced Writing Workshop breakout session, It’s a Mystery: Demystifying Fiction with the Elements of Mystery and register for the Advanced Writing Workshop to benefit from this and many more great ways to take your writing to the next level!