For all you authors, newbies and wannabes, there are some new (and recent) reference books on the craft of writing crime fiction that may be of interest.
The 12 award-winning thriller writers who constitute Top Suspense have banded together to share everything they know about their craft in the book Writing Crime Fiction. Joel Goldman has advice and tips on "going indie"; Vicki Hendricks offers secrets to sizzling sex scenes; Stephen Gallagher and Ed Gorman write on what it takes to start and finish that first novel; Hollywood veterans Lee Goldberg and Paul Levine give insights into how to turn your crime thriller into a TV series or movie; Libby Hellmann and Max Allan Collins describe how to ratchet up your book's suspense; Dave Zeltserman discusses noir fiction, while Naomi Hirahara discusses the perfect amateur sleuth; Harry Shannon writes about paranormal thrillers; and the prolific Bill Crider will tell you the secrets to writing more than a hundred thrillers.
Edited by Michelle Spring and Laurie R. King, the Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing comes out of a series of professional writing courses by published writers and gathers the advice into a practical handbook. The book features fascinating insights from twenty-six top crime-writing guests including Lee Child, P.D James, and Ian Rankin and is a detailed, practical guide to writing every kind of crime story, from classic whodunits to fast-paced thrillers. The book's objective is to bring together some of the lessons and insights that the authors and contributors have learned over their careers, to help the readers to free their creative minds, while also studying the solid technique behind writing in this genre. It's divided into three sections: Part 1 – Essays on critical issues in the genre; Part 2: Guest Writers – 25 contributors offering advice and tips; Part 3: How To Write Crime.
Journalist and fiction writer Craig McDonald collected and edited Rogue Males: Conversations & Confrontations. The collection features "no-holds-barred" interviews with 16 authors who have shaped and defined narrative fiction and songwriting, including Elmore Leonard and James Crumley (in one of his last interviews); premier stylists James Sallis and Daniel Woodrell; noir kingpins James Ellroy and Ken Bruen, and top thriller writers Lee Child and Randy Wayne White. Stephen J. Cannell and Max Allan Collins hold forth on the intersection of crime novels and the silver screen while Andrew Vachss, Pete Dexter, Craig Holden, Alistair MacLeod, Tom Russell and Kinky Friedman round-out the collection on the craft of writing.