Building a Mystery on WEHC 90.7 (NPR)

 


SCHEDULE AND ARCHIVE


WEEK 1:  HISTORICAL MYSTERY

GUEST:  REFERENCE LIBRARIAN WILL STEIN, WASHINGTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (ABINGDON, VA)

TOPIC:
  We discuss lots of fun print and electronic resources to help choose the type of mystery you want to read.  Sort by historical, genre, locale and more!  WARNING:  many of these resources are highly addictive.  Proceed at your own risk!

PRINT RESOURCES AND TITLES
  • The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey (Simon & Schuster, 1995).
  • Genreflecting, part of the Reader’s Advisor Online (hardcopy and online)
  • Gumshoes:  A Dictionary of Fictional Detectives, by Mitzi M. Brunsdale (Greenwood Press, 2006).
  • Detecting Men:  A Reader's Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Men, by Willetta L. Heising (Purple Moon Press, 1998).  
  • Detecting Women:  A Reader's Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Women, by Willetta L. Heising (Purple Moon Press, 2000). 

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
for this show are listed here on the Resources page.

Authors mentioned in passing:  Somerset Maugham; Eric Ambler; John LeCarre; Alan Furst; Ruth Rendell; Barbara Vine; Agatha Christie; Arthur Conan Doyle; Tana French; Stieg Larsson; Sarah Smith

Wendy recommends the following period authors:

12TH CENTURY:  Edith Partager writing as Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael)
14TH CENTURY:  Judith Merkle Reilly (Margaret of Ashbury); Philipa Morgan (Chaucer)
15TH CENTURY:  Margaret Frazer (Dame Frevisse)
16TH CENTURY:  Karen Harper (Queen Elizabeth I); Simon Hawke (Shakespeare)
17TH CENTURY:  Sarah D'Almeida (Three Musketeers)
19TH CENTURY:  Stephanie Barron (Jane Austen); Matthew Pearl (Harvard Literati)
20TH CENTURY:  Victoria Thompson (Gaslight mysteries)

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WEEK 2:  MAKING NANCY DREW (PART 1)

GUEST:  DR. KATHLEEN CHAMBERLAIN, EMORY & HENRY COLLEGE (EMORY, VA)

TOPIC:  Nancy Drew's creation:  the history and significance of the Stratemeyer Syndicate; who really was Carolyn Keene?; innovative publishing schemes geared towards kids; revelations from the Trial of Grosset & Dunlap vs. Simon & Schuster; a rundown of Nancy Drew's main cast; a look at their enduring appeal; Nancy's prowess at...everything; and a new look at George.

PRINT RESOURCES AND TITLES
  • The Secret of the Stratemeyer Syndicate:  Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and the Million Dollar Fiction Factory, by Carol Billman (Ungar, 1986).
  • Edward Stratemeyer and the Stratemeyer Syndicate, by Deidre Johnson (Twayne Publishers, 1993).
  • The Secret of the Hardy Boys:  Leslie McFarlane and the Stratemeyer Syndicate, by Marilyn S. Greenwald (Ohio University Press, 2004).

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WEEK 3:  INVESTIGATING NANCY DREW (PART 2)

GUESTS:  DR. KATHLEEN CHAMBERLAIN, EMORY & HENRY COLLEGE (EMORY, VA)
                AMANDA BAILEY, HEAD OF YOUTH SERVICES, WASHINGTON CO. PUB. LIBRARY (ABINGDON, VA)

TOPIC:
  Nancy Drew:  updating the books for a new readership; Nancy in other media; generational differences among young readers. 
              Other mysteries kids like:  Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys graphic novels; Scooby Doo; Trixie Belden; books by Blue Balliett and Ellen Raskin; Newbery Awards; Fall Kids' Programing at Washington County Public Library.    
              Historical mysteries for kids:  The Royal Diaries; American Girl and American Girl History Mysteries; and the Scholastic American suite.

PRINT RESOURCES AND TITLES
  • Consumerism and American Girls' Literature, 1860-1940, by Peter Stoneley (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004).
  • Nancy Drew, by Carolyn Keene
  • Nancy Drew, Girl Detective, by Stefan Petrucha
  • The Hardy Boys, by Franklin W. Dixon
  • The Hardy Boys, Undercover Brothers, by Scott Lobdell
  • Blue Baillett's art mysteries
  • The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
  • The Boxcar Mysteries, by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog, by John Erickson
  • A to Z Mysteries, by Ron Roy
  • The Bailey School Kids, by Debbie Dadey
  • The Jennifer Gray Veterinarian Mysteries, by Georgette Livingston
  • The Royal Diaries, by assorted authors, Scholastic Press
  • American Girls Collection, by assorted authors
  • American Girl Mysteries, by assorted authors
  • American Girl History Mysteries, by assorted authors
  • Dear America, by assorted authors, Scholastic Press
  • My America, by assorted authors, Scholastic Press
  • My Name Is America, by assorted authors, Scholastic Press

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
for this show are listed here on the Resources page.

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WEEK 4:  ELLEN CROSBY


GUEST:  ELLEN CROSBY, AUTHOR OF THE "WINE COUNTRY MYSTERIES" (LUCY MONTGOMERY) SERIES

TOPIC:  Ellen's career as a journalist and novelist; travels and inspirations; real-life mentors; educating readers; characters in the series; the hard life of a vintner; the wisdom of publishers; how not to kill off everyone in town AKA "Cabot Cove Syndrome"; history's role in the series; French connections; local resources and re-enactors; working for the Washington Post; the Riesling Retribution; the Bordeaux Betrayal; website and contact information.

PRINT RESOURCES AND TITLES
  • The Russia House, by John Le Carre (Knopf, 1989).
  • Confederates in the Attic:  Dispatches from America's Unfinished Civil War, by Tony Horowitz (Pantheon Books, 1998).
  • Manhunt:  The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, by James L. Swanson (William Morrow, 2006).
  • A Little Short of Boats:  The Fights at Ball's Bluff and Edward's Ferry, October 21-22, 1861, by James Morgan III (Ironclad Publishing, 2004).

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WEEK 5:  T. LYNN OCEAN 

GUEST:  T. LYNN OCEAN, AUTHOR OF THE "JERSEY BARNES" MYSTERY SERIES
 

TOPIC:  Who is Jersey Barnes?; supporting cast members in the series:  Spud, Cracker, Ox (mmmmmmnnn, Ox), Soup; Southern Fatality and SIPA transfers (privatized social security accounts); Southern Poison's poison; Southern Peril's dangers of eavesdropping; Jersey's wardrobe for carrying concealed; T. Lynn and firearms; Lt. Dirk; where is Jersey's mom?; the next upcoming book; the whims of publishers; freelance writing; mapping the series in real-life Wilmington, NC; lessons learned in TV production; the power of the subconscious; T. Lynn's website; the magic of book clubs.

PRINT RESOURCES AND TITLES
  • Moon Dash Warrior: The Story of an American Indian in Vietnam, a Marine from the Land of the Lumbee, by Delano Cummings (Signal Tree, 1998).

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
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WEEK 6:  VICKI LANE, PART 1

GUEST:  VICKI LANE, AUTHOR OF THE "ELIZABETH GOODWEATHER" MYSTERY SERIES 

TOPIC:  Similarities between Vicki and her main character; creating composite characters; main characters in the series; overview of the books; writing psychological suspense; Elizabeth as a semi-solo sleuth; being an Edgar nominee; the Edgar Awards; on being not quite cozy; gardening, quilts, and food; showcasing the local; lunch with Phillip's aunt; Vicki's website and the Almost Daily Blog; living with nature; moving to the country; upcoming book #5:  Under the Skin; writing what publishers want; working with the editor.   


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WEEK 7:  VICKI LANE, PART 2 

GUEST:  VICKI LANE, AUTHOR OF THE "ELIZABETH GOODWEATHER" MYSTERY SERIES 

TOPIC:  Suggestions from the editor; Miss Birdie's book, The Day of Small Things; choosing the right title; feedback from readers; making friends on listservs; Southern charm; hallmarks of Southern mysteries; "mountain talk"; a stirring excerpt! from The Day of Small Things; spinning off other characters from the series; Melungeons; corresponding with the editor and the agent; Vicki's upcoming class, "A Practical Guide to Writing Popular Fiction"; advice for writers; voicing Appalachia; possible directions for the series.

PRINT RESOURCES AND TITLES
  • Don't Sabotage Your Submission: Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D.O.A., by Chris Reardon (Bella Rosa Books, 2008).

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WEEK 8:  KATHRYN WALL, PART 1 

GUEST:  KATHRYN WALL, AUTHOR OF THE "BAY TANNER" MYSTERY SERIES

TOPIC: 
Kathryn finally gets the opportunity to write and does so with a vengeance, weaving her love for the low country in South Carolina into the mystery framework; we meet her main character, the widow BayTanner, determined to bring her husband's murderers to justice; other principal characters in the series:  Bay's father, Judge Simpson and his housekeeper, Lavinia Smalls; a brief overview of the novels and their real-life settings; Bay as a guardian of the elderly; additional characters abound when working with a Southern extended family; Bay as an inquiry agent; the pros and cons of cell phones when writing plot; Bay's brother-in-law, Redmond; passing love interests for Bay; writing without an outline.  

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WEEK 9:  KATHRYN WALL, PART 2   

GUEST:  KATHRYN WALL, AUTHOR OF THE "BAY TANNER" MYSTERY SERIES

TOPIC: 
The wildcard of the series:  housekeeper, surrogate mother and secret-keeper, Lavinia Smalls; how gory plots can be inspired by real-life objects and locations; the dangers and rewards of being a mystery writer's spouse; Kathryn's route to getting published; what print on demand publishing means; putting in the work to become a quality writer; even good writers need to learn the publishing game; working with new editors; co-founding the Island Writers' Network; paying it forward as mentors; Kathryn's Google map and photo gallery of Bay's "real-life" locations; writing on a schedule; what's next for Bay Tanner?

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