OAT: MWA takes Manhattan

I love when Other Author Thursday can shine a light on multiple talented authors all at once. Not that the solo spots aren’t terrific, but let’s spread the love even further!

This week I’m thrilled to pass along the Mystery Writers of America’s latest anthology, Manhattan MayhemMANHATTAN MAYHEM, edited by the esteemed Mary Higgins Clark:

Best-selling suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark invites you on a tour of Manhattan’s most iconic neighborhoods in this anthology of all-new stories from the Mystery Writers of America. From the Flatiron District (Lee Child) and Greenwich Village (Jeffery Deaver) to Little Italy (T. Jefferson Parker) and Chinatown (S.J. Rozan), you’ll encounter crimes, mysteries, and riddles large and small. Illustrated with iconic photography of New York City and packaged in a handsome hardcover, MANHATTAN MAYHEM is a delightful read for armchair detectives and armchair travelers alike!

Nancy Pickard, whose Scent of Rain and Lightning was recently picked up by independent film director Blake Robbins, is one of the contributors to this anthology. If you follow her on Facebook (and you should!), you’ll know she’s offered an added bonus. In addition to reading the collection, Nancy is hosting an online book discussion group (through FB) about her included story, “Three Little Words.” Mashing up a few of her posts on the subject:

To give you an idea of whether you’ll be interested, here are tastes of what I’ll throw out for discussion:

* In the story, there’s a scene that portrays the murder. We’ll look at it to see if it’s really necessary, or if a briefer depiction might have done the trick.

* In another scene, one with a dog, we’ll look to see if some minor edits might improve it. Minor edits, esp. in a short story, are major.

* We’ll look at the what, why, and how of the “hook.”

* We’ll see if I have practiced what I preach about certain elements that can enliven a scene.

* We’ll see if I gave away the murderer too easily. Or, as somebody told me today, not plainly enough!

  1. Anyone is welcome whether writer or reader.
  2. Anyone is welcome to read along, that is, but in order to actively participate–that is, leave comments–you’ll need to read my story, “Three Little Words,” because that will be our text.

If that sounds up your writerly alley, I hope you’ll join me as I brutally dissect my own story! I like it a lot, but there are few stories that can’t be improved, even after publication.

How cool is that?! This amounts to a free, online master class. I was honored to work with Nancy when she was the morning fiction instructor for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop in 2011, and I’m eager to work with her again – even if it is long distance.

And from a business perspective, you have to admit what a great marketing device this is for MANHATTAN MAYHEM. But the anthology is worth the read, whether you’re able to join Nancy’s class on Facebook or not.

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