Blought #28: Solving Mysteries to Learn Lessons
|From left to right: Eric Anderson, Casey Daniels, Laura Walter,|
Kevin Keating and Shelly Costa participate in a panel discussion.
After taking Dr. Kumar’s class I especially learned to appreciate journalism that focused on technology and science even though I need Wikipedia open to fully understand Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves. When Lee Chilcote, co-counder and cordinator of Lirerary Cleveland invited me to Literary Cleveland’s Winter Fictionfest I was elated. The workshop and mini-conference took place at Loganberry Books on Larchmere in beautiful Shaker Heights and focused mainly on the elements and style of mystery and suspense fiction.
Casey Daniels (left) and Shelly Costa
(right) pose with their latest releases.
The first workshop on my agenda was Beyond the Creaking Step hosted by cozy fiction authors Casey Daniels, the author of the Pepper Martin mystery series and Shelley Costa a 2004 Edgar nominee for Best Short Story and author of You Cannoli Die Once (Agatha nominee for Best First Novel) and Basil Instinct, talked about how to add suspense to your story.
Eric Anderson leading a discussion
during his session .
After a brief intermission and a few refreshments everyone went to their second workshop. Eric Anderson, an author and English professor at Lorain Community College whose seminar was similar to that of a M,W,F elective in college, used Ray Bradbury’s August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains and Cormac Mc Carthy’s Blood Meridan as the anchors of his presentation. Characters need distress as their main motivation. As hard as the stories were to follow, I still understood that the characters in the selections had tough decisions to make.