A sense of mystery. What makes you read on? #3

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in On Writing

  I will tell you a little-known secret about why people read on. The secret concerns the way our brains operate. It will help you pull your readers forward through your story. As a writer, it is vitally important that you know this. The second secret is . . . wait, there’s someone at the door. I hope it’s not that guy who was waving a gun at me when I cut in front of him a few minutes ago. He looked like one mean mother. Wait . . . what the! The third...

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On starting the edits for The Jerusalem Puzzle

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in On Writing

Yesterday I started the edits for The Jerusalem Puzzle. I received two pages of notes from my editor at Harper Collins in London on Monday. Her comments included many compliments “powerful – expertly brought to life,” which are encouraging, but I won’t go on any more about, and suggestions for three extra scenes. The first will be where Sean explains in detail why he wants to go to Jerusalem. The second will be where Henry’s involvement is...

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The 7th Puzzle: What does The Istanbul Puzzle symbol mean?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Historical Puzzles

Over the past 7 months I have published a series of posts related to the mysteries of Istanbul. This 7th post will be the last in this series. Further posts will cover more general mysteries related to the series of novels coming up over the next few years and updates on writing each novel. The 7th puzzle related to The Istanbul Puzzle is about the meaning of the symbol you will find below. This symbol is discovered by Sean and Isabel during their Istanbul Puzzle adventure....

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The 6th Puzzle: The Mystery of the Missing Link Mosaic

Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Historical Puzzles

In my mystery novel The Istanbul Puzzle, Sean & Isabel discover a clue early on, a photograph of a mosaic. The mosaic is similar to the iconic Christian images of the Virgin & Child that are so well known all around the world. Here is an example from the Louvre museum in Paris. This is a copper plate believed to have been “taken” from Constantinople in 1204. “Looted” is probably what they meant: The puzzle for Sean & Isabel is that their...

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