April 4, 2012 Organizers of Killer Nashville, the annual conference for readers and aspiring writers, has launched a new blog, “A Killer Conversation: an online community of readers and writers of mysteries, thrillers, suspense, and true crime.” In addition to the daily posts by Killer Nashville staff, the blog will each Wednesday feature a new post by a bestselling author or forensics expert. The series kicks off with Nashville’s own Jennie Bentley, a New York Times bestselling novelist who writes candidly about her own writer-for-hire experience:
The first time I heard the term ‘bible-based mystery,’ I wondered how anyone could take the epic tragedy of Cain and Abel and turn it into a whodunit, when the whole world knows that Cain had motive, means and opportunity, and did indeed whack his brother over the head with the proverbial blunt instrument. Little did I know—then—that a bible-based mystery has nothing whatsoever to do with the Bible or anyone in it.
She goes on to explain what it’s like to write according to someone else’s “bible,” creating characters and intricate plots under a pseudonym for a series conceived by someone else. Read the rest of the post here. Learn more about this year’s Killer Nashville conference here.
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