How does murder inspire crime fiction novelist
But the plight of the homeless does.
Hi! My name is crystal fletcher and welcome to this week’s episode of all about canadian books. I’m excited to have Robert Rotenberg (who is Canada's John Grisham) as a guest. Robert is a novelist, screenwriter, teacher and full-time criminal lawyer. We discussed Robert's 6th novel Downfall--an instant bestseller! Downfall was published by Simon & Schuster.
Here's what Downfall is about.
For decades, the Humber River Golf Course has been one of the city’s most elite clubs. All is perfect in this playground for the rich until the homeless people move into the pristine ravine nearby. Tensions mount between rich and poor and reach a head when two of the squatters are brutally murdered.
Suddenly the plight of the homeless has everyone’s attention. Press. Protests. Politicians and the Public. The pressure is on for the head of Homicide Detective Ari Greene to find the killer and then, there’s a third murder...
You're going to have to read Downfall to find out what happens!
To learn more about Robert, be sure to check out the video talks featured on his website. You will also find the other books in the Detective Greene series.
Robert Rotenberg's #1 Writing Tip
Attention writers! According to Robert if writers want readers, agents, or publishers to keep reading then they need to pay HUGE attention to the opening sentence, first paragraph and chapter of their book.
Let's just say...after I listened to Robert's "Are you 'in' or are you 'out'?" strategy, I went back and redid the first paragraph of my novel! Thank you, Robert.
How do con men inspire author Susan Swan?
Let's find out...
Hi! My name is crystal fletcher and welcome to this week’s episode of all about canadian books. I’m thrilled to have Susan Swan as a guest. Susan is a journalist, feminist, novelist, activist, teacher and gardener. Susan’s critically acclaimed novels have been published in over 20 countries and we’ll be discussing her 8th novel The Dead Celebrities Club which was published by Cormorant Books.
Get comfortable we’ve got….Greed. Fraud. And financial fallout for you today!
Dale Paul is the hedge fund whale. He enjoys a life of self-delusion that allows him to gamble other people’s money. But when he gambles the pensions of the American military & fails Dale-Paul goes to prison; where he is confronted with the challenge of understanding himself and his place in the age of the new robber-barons.
If you'd like to learn more about Susan and have a peak at her gorgeous garden
Author Reading & Some Wisdom for Writers
To get to know Susan's con man Dale Paul, don't miss Susan read an excerpt from The Dead Celebrities Club. And, for writers who are working on their manuscripts Susan recommends to get that first draft down without criticism.
How does yoga inspire author Beth Follett?
Let’s find out…
Hi! My name is crystal fletcher and welcome to this week’s episode of all about canadian books. I’m delighted to have Beth Follett as a guest. Beth is a novelist, an essayist, a publisher (Pedlar Press), and a poet. We’ll be discussing her 2nd novel Instructor which was published by Breakwater Books.
When Ydessa Bloom’s husband dies in a Cessna crash in a mid-Ontario lake, she rents a cottage at that lake, without really comprehending why, and stays for three months. There she meets three people who will influence her life dramatically—her landlady, a yoga teacher, and a precocious eight-year-old boy named Henry Rattle.
Years later, at the age of twenty-five and reeling from personal tragedy, Henry seeks Ydessa out once again, and they find themselves alone on the day of the Northeast blackout, drawn into an encounter that will change them both...
This yoga lover also loves books. As the founder of Pedlar Press for twenty-five years Beth Follett published innovative, contemporary Canadian fiction, poetry and the occasional nonfiction. To check out Pedlar's website
Author Reading & Manuscript Submission Tips
As a publisher Beth also has some great advice for writers who are seeking publication. DO YOUR HOMEWORK! When you listen to Beth's advice you'll know why I've capitalized the previous sentence!
Enjoy Beth's reading.