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Fictionalizing Crime

Jul 12, 2016 in Books, Guest Posts

Debut novelist and television writer and producer Hollie Overton’s lifelong obsession with true crime inspired her debut thriller Baby Doll. The novel tells the story of Lily Riser, an identical twin who is kidnapped at sixteen and held captive for eight years. One day, her captor forgets to lock the deadbolt and Lily and her […]

How We Got to Underground Airlines

Jun 01, 2016 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

Ben Winter’s novel Underground Airlines opens in an America almost like our own, with the same smartphones, social networks, and Happy Meals. There’s just one crucial difference: in this novel, slavery is still legal in four states. How did this happen? Winters outlines the crucial events in this alternate timeline of American history. Feb. 12, 1861: […]

Author Tom Fox On Choosing Your Central Characters

May 25, 2016 in Guest Posts

Tom Fox, author of Dominus, shares his thoughts on what qualities make for powerful central characters. Outsiders, iconoclasts, observers, or protectors—what kinds of characters do you think drive the most powerful stories? Let us know in the comments! There comes a point in every writer’s work, or “process,” when decisions have to be made about […]

You Call That A Crime Novel?

May 18, 2016 in Fiction, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

Why isn’t every novel that hinges on a crime or criminality considered a crime novel? When books come along and we throw them into their chosen pigeonhole, it feels like our aim is often a little off. Here are five famous books that could, with just a little argument, be considered crime novels. The Literary […]

Ralph Pezzullo Explains Why the New Thomas Crocker Thriller Is Set in North Korea

May 17, 2016 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

Like other SEAL Team Six thrillers, Hunt the Dragon started with a comment by my co-author Don Mann about a top-secret mission he went on to North Korea as a member of SEAL Team Six. The real mission took place years ago. But as Don talked about it, I started to imagine what would happen […]

How To Write A Thriller

May 05, 2016 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Writing

Aspiring writers, here it is: lessons on writing a thriller, delivered to us by Matthew Quirk, the bestselling author of The 500 and Cold Barrel Zero. How many of you know where your heroes and villains begin and end before writing? Do any of you dive right in to let the conflicts and twists emerge as you […]

Christopher Charles on How Places Tell Stories

Apr 21, 2016 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

This week we published The Exiled by Christopher Charles, the beginning of a new series featuring Detective Wes Raney. When we meet Wes Raney, he’s investigating a gruesome triple homicide in New Mexico—but it quickly becomes clear that Detective Raney is hiding some skeletons of his own. Author Christopher Charles explains how Raney’s story developed. […]

How to Write a Historical Crime Novel

Jan 22, 2016 in Fiction, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Writing

William Shaw is the author of the Breen and Tozer series, mysteries set in London in the late 1960s. He has been praised for his ability to evoke the period by Publishers Weekly (“Shaw perfectly captures the end of an uneasy era”), The Guardian (“A compelling and accurate portrait of a changing society”), and many others. […]

How Private Security Contracting Became Private Military Contracting

Jan 12, 2016 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

Ralph Pezzullo is no stranger to Mulholland Books. With former Navy SEAL Don Mann, he has written five SEAL Team Six thrillers, with a sixth on the way. And with private military contractor Simon Chase, Pezzullo proves that the truth can be even more explosive than fiction.  Zero Footprint, now in bookstores, delivers a dramatic insider account […]

A Soundtrack for The Night Charter

Dec 09, 2015 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Music

Music has been a part of Camaro Espinoza’s “life” since the very beginning, and different songs have, for me, come to represent her at different stages in her fictional existence. Whether it be Disturbed’s “Indestructible”—not featured here but essential listening—or White Zombie’s “Thunder Kiss ’65,” Camaro has found some of her inner life through musical […]