by Forbes West
People come up to me – at bars, restaurants, half-way houses, and ask, “Forbes? That you?” After a few moments of sideways glances and awkward chatter, they will soon say to me, “Boy, Nighthawks at the Mission (available at Amazon.com now), you really set up a world there, whoa, I gotta say, you know, that world you built in that sci-fi story, yowza.” And I’ll nod and glance at my watch and exit the room quietly after making an excuse as I do not like talking to strangers.
After I’ve walked away and soon realize I left my keys in my other jacket pocket and I have to wait around an hour for my wife to come open the front door, I sometimes reflect to myself, what is world building? How does one do it without submerging the real stuff of story – the characters, the plot – and explain this new setting to the reader who doesn’t have the privilege of sitting inside my brain the entire day?
When I started writing Nighthawks at the Mission (available at Amazon.com now) I didn’t even exactly start with the story. I started by making up the actual entire world that this story would inhabit. Continue reading “World Building Tips for Authors”
At Their Own Game
by Frank Zafiro
Mystery, thriller, suspense, police procedural
Available from Amazon
Jake Stankovic is a criminal having a bad week. A drug deal goes bad, a vengeful detective hounds him, one of his crew may have turned against him, and a dangerous woman from his past has reappeared. Jake must find a way to beat them all at their own game.
It took almost ten minutes before the door opened again. Manning entered, trailed by a woman in her forties. She wore a nicer suit than Manning did but wasn’t as physically fit. She also looked tougher.
“My detective tells me you are demanding a supervisor.”
“He is correct.”
“I’m Lieutenant Lauridsen.” She held out her hand. “Who are you?”
I took her hand and shook it. “Jake Stankovic.”
She didn’t react to my name but I saw a spark of recognition in Manning’s eyes.
“And what can we do for you today, Mr. Stankovic?” Lauridsen asked. “Can we get straight to that? Because we’re a busy detachment here.”
“Of course,” I said. “Do you know a drug dealer here in town named Ozzy?”
The two of them exchanged a glance.
“Obviously you do,” I said. “Well, how’d you like to get him on tape delivering a pound of meth?”
And believe it or not, they were interested.
What others are saying:
“A brief, tight, criminally intense story of destructive behavior masked by “good” intentions, AT THEIR OWN GAME puts its finger right on the pulse of the ever-sinful human heart”
– Ned Hayes, author of SINFUL FOLK
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