Books & Flicks: M.J. Rose and Atria’s Great Mystery Bus Tour!!!

Posted by on April 17, 2012





Three new books on my nightstand this week:

KILLING RED by Henry Perez. Features a newspaper reporter protagonist, so of course it is on my to-be-read list.

45 MASTER CHARACTERS by Victoria Lynn Schmidt. Another book on the craft of writing.

THE REINCARNATIONIST by M.J. Rose. Picked up this book in preparation for Atria’s Great Mystery Bus Tour and it’s arrival in my city tonight with John Connolly, William Kent Krueger, Liza Marklund, and M.J. Rose aboard.

I’ve probably tweeted or posted on Facebook about a half jillion times that I want to do this bus tour. I want to team up with Owen Laukkanen, Jeff Shelby, Donnell Bell, Jess Lourey, and Joelle Charbonneau. Hey, wait a minute, those writers are all featured in my writer interviews. (Shelby tomorrow and Charbonneau next week) Coincidence? I think not. But in all seriousness, there are about twenty mystery writers I admire and feel lucky to count as friends, including those wonderful ones I mentioned above.




The Muppet Movie. We’re talking the 1979 version folks. Which the kiddos LOVED. My 8yo pretty much thought Miss Piggy was hysterical, which she is, of course.

The Walking Dead. Numerous episodes. This show is like a freaking train wreck for me. I DON’T want to watch it. Then my husband turns it on, I sit down for say two minutes and then look up and it is three hours later and we’ve ripped through four episodes. Stop the madness. I swear, I really don’t want to watch it and yet, there I sit. For hours. The reason I’ve tried to avoid it is because I knew from season one this was dangerous for me. At the time, my  husband had all the episodes saved on Netflix. We watched the first one and when it finished I said, “play another one.” Then kept doing it until I was pretty much traumatized from seeing so much gore and from sitting on the couch for a marathon six hour viewing session about zombies. And damn it all, here it goes again. Luckily, the spell was broken when one of the kids got out of bed not feeling well (She’s fine now!)

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4 Responses to Books & Flicks: M.J. Rose and Atria’s Great Mystery Bus Tour!!!

  1. Giovanna

    You are right about movies…if only I could watch a full 2 hour movie without falling asleep… good news is that I do not mind watching action movies with my husband any more as they are useful for analyzing plot, structure and tricks and techniques in general.
    As for my WIP, research and “honing the craft” have been wonderful excuses for my procrastination, but no more. BTW, thank you for suggesting the James Scott Bell book on plot, it has been invaluable.
    And I very much enjoy your writers’ interviews. Take care.

  2. Jeff Shelby

    That would be a bus tour made of awesome.

  3. Kristi

    You’re so right. If I actually watched TV on a regular basis, I would never have time to read or write, but by selectively picking something to view on Netflix (or only watching films occasionally) I seem to be able to fit it in.
    I think there is much to learn from movies and tv shows, though, as far as plot, suspense, structure, goes.
    In fact, I have an Audrey Hepburn film on my to be watched list because it apparently does suspense so magnificently.
    How are your muses? Hope you are well

  4. Giovanna

    A Mystery Book Tours…those things happen only in America, lucky you!
    I never watch TV (read several papers online instead of watching the news) but have also fallen for a couple (or more…) US TV series and I used to feel extremely guilty for the time spent watching them. At some point, though, I realized that there is a reason for their success: compelling characters and a very good plot structure. Formulaic? You bet. But who cares? It works, viewers a r e attracted for a reason and I feel I have learned a thing or two in terms of plot development.