Now Write! Mysteries

A Collection of Exercises for Writers of Crime Fiction



About the Author
Racing the Devil
A Cup Full of Midnight
In Eigener Sache
Now Write! Mysteries
Calendar of Events
Hardboiled Collective
Links for Writers
Conferences and Events
Other Authors
Independent Booksellers
Critiques and Coaching
Online Writing Course


Jaden Terrell is a contributor to NOW WRITE! MYSTERIES

Edited by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson

The fourth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing guide series brings together numerous bestselling authors for the definitive guide to writing mysteries, thrillers and suspense.  Many of the 86 contributors are winners and/or nominees of Edgar, Hugo and Shamus awards.

Now Write! Mysteries teaches you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about crafting a page-turning mystery, from creating a believable detective hero (or terrifying villain) to using real-life cutting-edge investigative techniques to bring your story to life.


What an honor to be among such an impressive list of writers. Here is a complete list of contributors with site links:

Lou Allin

Emily Arsenault 

Deborah Turrell Atkinson 

Frankie Y. Bailey  

Aileen G. Baron 

James Scott Bell

Gerard F. Bianco 

Juliet Blackwell 

Jon P. Bloch 

Rhys Bowen 

Rachel Brady 

Simon Brett 

Jan Brogan 

Graham Brown 

Robert Browne 

Andrea Campbell 

Rebecca Cantrell 

Lorenzo Carcaterra 

Thomas B. Cavanagh 

Henry Chang 

Philip Cioffari 

Jane K. Cleland 

Reed Farrel Coleman 

Sheila Connolly 

Deborah Coonts 

Douglas Corleone 

Bill Crider 

Bruce DeSilva 

Matthew Dicks 

Sean Doolittle 

Wayne D. Dundee

Peggy Ehrhart 

Hallie Ephron 

Brian Evenson 

Kate Flora 

Jack Fredrickson 

David Fulmer 

Meg Gardiner 

Kathleen George 

Kate M. George 

Sophie Hannah 

Karen Harper 

Gar Anthony Hayward 

Lynne Heitman 

Vicki Hendricks 

Reece Hirsch 

Roberta Islieb 

Peter James 

Chris Knopf 

Harley Jane Kozak 

William Kent Krueger 

Ken Kuhlken 

Will Lavender 

Robert S. Levinson 

Stephen Liskow 

Sophie Littlefield 

John Lutz 

Doc Macomber 

Tim Maleeny 

G.M. Malliet 

Christopher Moore 

Jim Napier 

Diana Orgain 

Katherine Hall Page 

Louise Penny  

Henry Perez 

Twist Phelan 

M. William Phelps 

Cathy Pickens 

Stephen D. Rogers 

Stephen Jay Schwartz 

Michael Sears 

Kelli Stanley 

Valerie Storey 

Andy Straka 

Marcia Talley 

Jaden Terrell 

James Thompson 

Stanley Trollip 

Judith Van Gieson 

John Westermann 

Sharon Wildwind 

Michael Wiley 

Kenneth Wisnia

Nancy Means Wright

Elizabeth Zelvin