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The Vesuvius Isotope Photo Tour

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 12:47pm 0 Comments

Here's The Vesuvius Isotope photo tour, which I'll be showing live at some of my upcoming events. This is literally a trip through the novel from beginning to end, excluding the Black's Beach footage to keep it rated PG. No spoilers here, but I'm hoping that you'll look at these and wonder what the heck all of those pics have to do with the story! SheWrites doesn't seem to…

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What is the future of bookstores?

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 2:24pm 0 Comments

Can bookstores survive in the era of ebooks and ecommerce?



Dramatic changes in the publishing industry have impacted the way authors get their books to readers. Traditional book publishing and retail models have been battered by the rise of online retailers. The ebook revolution…

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Most Over-Used Protagonists in Today's Novel Part III: The Porn Star

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 12:12pm 1 Comment

OK. So Fifty Shades of Grey sold fifteen gazillion copies. I get it. Sex sells, and we have known this ever since the first sexually reproducing hermaphroditic flatworms evolved out of an amoeba's binary fission gone wrong. But please understand something, dear reader (by which I actually mean, dear…

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The Night Before NaNo: A Halloween Poem for the mystery/thriller/horror writers of NaNoWriMo

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 1:38pm 0 Comments

Twas the night before NaNo, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, except for my mouse.
The outlines were…
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Kristen Elise's Discussions

Setting the scene

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristen Elise Jan 8. 2 Replies

A bit of a crowd-sourcing question: Do you always set the scene at the very beginning, or do you sometimes start with a bit of action and then set the scene in context. I'm talking about the…Continue

Dedicated communities for thrillers

Started Nov 21, 2012 0 Replies

They say you can find anything on the Internet.  There seems to be one unfortunate exception. As a reader and writer of thrillers, I have been utterly disappointed in my searches for communities…Continue

To indent or not to indent?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chrissey Harrison Nov 23, 2012. 1 Reply

I'm completing my second first manuscript and one of my readers (Mom) is hounding me about indentation.  Mom is an English teacher, so I do take these things seriously.  The debate is: do you indent…Continue

Does anyone use Webstarts?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristen Elise Jun 26, 2011. 1 Reply

Hello all, I've built a webpage using "Webstarts" and published it.  This was about a month ago, and I've paid up front for a year.  Now my website is messed up and the Webstarts main page (which is…Continue

 

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Kristen Elise posted a blog post

The Vesuvius Isotope Photo Tour

Here's The Vesuvius Isotope photo tour, which I'll be showing live at some of my upcoming events. This is literally a trip through the novel from beginning to end, excluding the Black's Beach footage to keep it rated PG. No spoilers here, but I'm hoping that you'll look at these and wonder what the heck all of those pics have to do with the story! SheWrites doesn't seem to…See More
Jan 31
Kristen Elise posted a blog post

What is the future of bookstores?

Can bookstores survive in the era of ebooks and ecommerce?Dramatic changes in the publishing industry have impacted the way authors get their books to readers. Traditional book publishing and retail models have been battered by the rise of online retailers. The ebook revolution has given us more books to choose from,…See More
Jan 22
Kristen Elise replied to the discussion 'Setting the scene'
"Thanks RB! I agree. "
Jan 8
RB Austin replied to the discussion 'Setting the scene'
"I start my stories with action and then scene description. Something to focus the readers on the characters before I weave in the plot and setting. Readers will connect with the characters not with what color the sky is. Happy writing."
Jan 8
Kristen Elise commented on the blog post 'Thriller vs. Mystery vs. Suspense'
"One thing that I think frequently (not always) distinguishes a mystery from a thriller is the role of the villain: In a mystery, you're often trying to figure out who the villain is through the whole story. In a thriller, you're more…"
Jan 7
Kristen Elise posted a discussion

Setting the scene

A bit of a crowd-sourcing question: Do you always set the scene at the very beginning, or do you sometimes start with a bit of action and then set the scene in context. I'm talking about the difference between a quick action paragraph or something noteworthy about the character, followed by the scene description...versus scene description as paragraph one of the story or section. I have heard it said that you need a quick scene description before anything else to put the reader there, but, do…See More
Jan 7
Alyssa Cole replied to the discussion 'Historical accuracy - Bendable? Or Deal Breaker?' in the group Historical Novelists
"I recently started writing historical romance and I love it. I enjoy discovering little known events and then using them in my stories. One of the great things about this is a reader might think "That wouldn't have happened at that…"
Jan 7
Nik Nicholson replied to the discussion 'Historical accuracy - Bendable? Or Deal Breaker?' in the group Historical Novelists
"This is an awesome discussion.  It's definitely something I've considered.   I am definitely making some characters older or younger to fit them all in a specific window of time.  I didn't bend more than five years.…"
Jan 7
Sophie Schiller replied to the discussion 'Historical accuracy - Bendable? Or Deal Breaker?' in the group Historical Novelists
"I think when they say "bending of the historical facts", they are referring to attitudes, behaviors, and situations which are contrary to the historical record. The classic example would be the fiesty, feministic 17th century female…"
Jan 1
Roslyn Imrie replied to the discussion 'Historical accuracy - Bendable? Or Deal Breaker?' in the group Historical Novelists
"I think it really depends on the detail that is bending. If the bending detail could be mistaken for just sloppy writing then it is a deal breaker. Also, common know events or places should not be moved or changed for convenience. However, there are…"
Jan 1
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Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw commented on the blog post 'Most Over-Used Protagonists in Today's Novel Part III: The Porn Star'
"I'd rather sell only a couple of thousand or even a few hundred copies of a nice dark little noir novel than be the poster child for bad writers... I don't care how much money she makes.  My reputation isn't for sale."
Dec 3, 2013
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw liked Kristen Elise's blog post Most Over-Used Protagonists in Today's Novel Part III: The Porn Star
Dec 3, 2013
Kristen Elise posted a blog post

Most Over-Used Protagonists in Today's Novel Part III: The Porn Star

OK. So Fifty Shades of Grey sold fifteen gazillion copies. I get it. Sex sells, and we have known this ever since the first sexually reproducing hermaphroditic flatworms evolved out of an amoeba's binary fission gone wrong. But please understand something, dear reader (by which I actually mean, dear writer.) The fact…See More
Dec 3, 2013
Kristen Elise posted a status
"Introducing Murder For Hire: The paid services of Murder Lab Press http://ning.it/17UbgWa"
Nov 13, 2013
Kristen Elise posted a blog post

The Night Before NaNo: A Halloween Poem for the mystery/thriller/horror writers of NaNoWriMo

Twas the night before NaNo, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, except for my mouse.The outlines were written and plotted with care,In hopes that a massacre soon would be there.The children were huddling, scared, in their beds,With visions of Leatherface sawing off heads.And mamma in her sweatpants and I in…See More
Oct 31, 2013

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At 5:24pm on April 24, 2013, Karen Dodd said…

Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Kristen. And I love your website...very cool! I can't wait until I have more time to explore all the goodies there:>)

At 4:16pm on March 20, 2013, Stephanie Renée dos Santos said…

Your Murder Lab blog is c-o-o-l as are your novels...epic.

At 4:15pm on March 20, 2013, Stephanie Renée dos Santos said…

Your Murder Lab blog is c-o-o-l as are your upcoming novels...epic.

At 4:04pm on March 20, 2013, Stephanie Renée dos Santos said…

Hi Kristen- Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words. Your friends url isn't working-- says the page is under construction.  I will visit again in the future to see if it is up and running!  If is it a place for writers/artists-- love it!  Your job "drug discovery biologist" -- fascinating! Wow. I am sure you have stories to tell and I look forward to them...

At 8:31pm on August 4, 2012, Kim Koning said…

Hi Kristen :) Great to meet you! Need some more thriller/suspense/mystery writer connections as so many of my writing buddies are YA writers. Had a look at your blog too and now following.

Kim

At 6:35pm on June 26, 2011, Tracey Hill-Bensalem said…
I will rejoin the Virtual Critiques group (I joined, then retreated, as I wasn't yet at that stage) hopefully by the end of the summer. Thanks!
At 6:54am on June 26, 2011, Dianne Baines said…

Hey Kris, My new friend, great to meet you. I write a varied range of stories, but nearly always drift back to a good old murder. Please don;t let that scare you off though as I make it a rule not to let my writing life spill over into the 'real' world

-- well only occasionally.

At 3:47am on June 15, 2011, henya drescher said…
:)
At 6:56pm on June 14, 2011, henya drescher said…

My novel is complete...in its editing process. It's about a female truck driver who is hired to deliver a shipment of wine to a destination in Las Vegas and gets hijacked by terrorists, the very same men who hired her.

Why don't you join the Virtual Writers Critique Group. Check it out. You'll find me there along with some very talented writers and critiquers. http://www.shewrites.com/group/virtualwriterscritiquegroup

At 3:27am on June 14, 2011, henya drescher said…

Hi Kristen. I know...because I'm also writing a thriller.

:-)

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I am a drug discovery biologist, travel buff and aspiring novelist. I live in San Diego with my human family and three canine children, hunt for drugs and the stories they tell.
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Murder Lab: A workshop for the suspense/thriller genre
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