Monday, May 9, 2011
New Guy on the Blog by J.D.Webb
When I first dreamed about being an author, Rex Stout’s books convinced me to choose mystery writing. I voraciously read others as well: Spillane, Parker, MacDonald, Prather, Block… well, the list is endless. I also read the newer faces of mystery. In effect, I’m still learning. I admit I steal from them all. Not their words, but their techniques, descriptive artistry, character trait detailing, and plot development. I’ve been known to say the author’s journey is filled with plot holes.
My ultimate classroom experience is to read one of the masters and take notes. Much more fun than during my school years and. I never have to force myself to read.
So I encourage you to read one of Rex Stout’s books. They can be found in most bookstores, especially the independents, many of them specialize in the mystery genre. Your local library may have one or two still on the shelves. And according to my favorite people – librarians - mysteries are still one of their most popular circulations. Music to a mystery author’s ears.
I will mention this new guy, J. D. Webb, has a recent release called Smudge. The cover appears somewhere on this blog. It’s a Kindle offering and also available in print at Amazon, L&Ldreamspell.com and other fine sources. Till next time, keep reading.
J D Webb http://www.jdwebb.com/