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Brad Meltzer and Sandra Brown headline panel of mystery writers revealing secrets of the craft
With an introduction by Edgar Award-winning mystery writer and panel moderator Megan Abbott, author of the recently published novel titled The Fever (Little, Brown and Company; June, 2014), a panel of award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors, including Brad Meltzer, Sandra Brown, Michael Koryta, and Denmark's bestselling crime fiction writer Sara Blaedel took the stage at the 2014 BookExpo America trade convention to shed light on the mysteries of writing mysteries. Beginning with Nordic noir novelist Sara Blaedel, author of Farewell to Freedom (Pegasus; February, 2014) and the forthcoming The Forgotten Girls (Grand Central Publishing; February, 2015), the panelists took turns telling the story of how they got started in their writing careers. Bestselling adult novelist, children's book author, and widely acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning comics writer, as well as host of a History Channel TV show Brad Meltzer and his partners in crime tested the 'truthiness' of the internet, with Meltzer, for instance, verifying a story on the internet that he had indeed held U.S. President James Garfield's brain in his hands. Next Meltzer, author of last year's hit audult novel, The Fifth Assassin (Grand Central Publishing; August, 2013) and this year's series of children's books, beginning with I am Albert Einstein (Ordinary People Change World) (Dial; September, 2014), kicked-off a discussion of the book marketing quandry of genre labeling and Alfred Hitchcock's differentiation between mystery and suspense. New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including the most recently published Those Who Wish Me Dead (Little, Brown and Company; June, 2014) Michael Koryta et al then cataloged their writing superstitions and rituals, followed by former model and TV weather forecaster, and the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including the recent blockbuster Mean Streak (Grand Central Publishing; August, 2014), Sandra Brown, who kicked-off a discussion of books that have inspired them by naming Ken Follett's classic Eye of the Needle as her inspiration for writing. Meltzer, Brown, Koryta, Blaedel, and Abbott then wrapped the panel discussion with reflections on Oscar Wilde and his quip on the popularity of mysteries before taking questions from the audience on first drafts and beyond; and the sources of their creative imaginations.

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