Saturday, January 22, 2011
The Making of A Mystery
The one I'm attending is "The Making of a Mystery" taught by Dr. Patricia Gouthro from Mount St. Vincent University and so far it's very informative. I even braved the snow storm yesterday so I wouldn't miss it. The drive home was a little harrowing but I took it slow and steady and arrived safely home. Dr Gouthro has a special interest, and has received research grants, into crime fiction set or published in Canada. Next week a local published mystery author Anne Emery, winner of the 2007 Arthur Ellis award for best first novel will be the guest speaker. And next month local author Brad Kelln, forensic psychologist and RCMP hostage negotiator will present a class.
The professor is also doing a session on Location and the issues involved in where we set our novels. Must they be set in Canada? And is that problematic when we want to sell internationally?
Do you set your books in places you know well? Real settings or fictionalized settings? Have you ever set a novel in a place you've never been?