How do you create a surprise in your mystery story to keep your readers turning pages? Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter members John Altman, Michael Ransom, Dennis Tafoya, and Sheila York discuss how they keep readers guessing until the very end. Moderated by Albert Tucher.
John Altman is the author of A Gathering of Spies, The Watchmen, Disposable Asset, and more – with his newest book False Flag coming in April 2017. Altman's specialty is spy thrillers and international intrigue offering, according to Publishers Weekly, "suspense, action, and psychological depth." Altman is the author of six books that have sold over a quarter-million copies in half-a-dozen languages.
Michael Ransom is the debut author of The Ripper Gene, an FBI mystery/thriller that won the 2016 Silver Falchion Award for Best Horror Novel of the Year, and a Killer Nashville Judges Award for Serial Killer Mystery of the Year. Ransom's specialty is incorporating realistic, cutting-edge scientific premises into his horror/mystery/thriller fiction.
Dennis Tafoya is the author of three crime novels, Dope Thief, The Wolves of Fairmount Park and The Poor Boy’s Game, as well as numerous short stories appearing in magazines and anthologies such as Philadelphia Noir and Best American Mystery Stories.
Sheila York is the author of the Lauren Atwill mystery series. York's specialty is the Golden Age of Film in Hollywood. After a successful career in TV and radio, York began writing novels combining her love of mystery, history and the movies. Set in glamorous, dangerous post-war Hollywood, her series features screenwriter/amateur sleuth Lauren Atwill (and her lover, P.I. Peter Winslow) chasing killers in the last hurrah of the Great Golden Age of Film. Her first novel, Star Struck Dead, won a Daphne du Maurier award and was nominated as Best First Mystery by the Romantic Times. Lauren’s latest adventure is No Broken Hearts.
Albert Tucher is the author of The Same Mistake Twice, The Retro Look, Value For the Money, and Calories. Tucher is the creator of prostitute Diana Andrews, who has appeared in seventy hardboiled short stories in venues including The Best American Mystery Stories 2010, edited by Lee Child.