Writing About What You Don’t Know—Carl Vonderau

Carl Vonderau is the author of thrillers Muderabilia and Saving Myles. You can find out more about him on his website www.carlvonderau.com, or by clicking here, read his last post here, and buy his books here. The age-old adage for writers is to write about what you know. My philosophy is to write about what you would like to know…and then fill it in with what you do know. My first book was called Murderabilia. The protagonist was hiding a terrible secret. His father was a serial killer who photographed his female victims. So did I write about what I…

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Carl Vonderau says, “Getting the Setting Right Can be Fun and Dangerous”

Carl Vonderau is the author of Murderabilia and Saving Myles. You can learn more about him at his website, carlvonderau.com/, by clicking here, and you can buy his books here. This is his first post for the Blackbird Writers. When setting is evoked well, it is another character in a story. But how do you get it right if you don’t live in the place you’re writing about? My solution is to go there and walk around. Like Bogota. Or Tijuana. I even strolled through Algiers at the height of North African terrorism. As I walked, I found I not only…

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