Saralyn Richard Suggests What Not to Say to an Author

Saralyn Richard's latest book is A Murder of Principal. She is the author of the Detective Parrott series and children's book Naughty Nana. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. An interviewer once asked me who my ideal reader was. I answered, “Someone who is open-minded, is willing to engage with me in an intellectual and emotional puzzle, loves a good story, and has a good sense of humor.” Fortunately, almost every reader I’ve interacted with has fit that description. Still, there are a few who don’t. By far,…

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Saralyn Richard on Why Mysteries Make Us Hungry

Saralyn Richard's most recent book is a Murder of Principal. She is also the author of the Detective Parrott mysteries and children's book, Naughty Nana. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. Did you know reading murder mysteries burns a lot of calories? It’s true. Research studies conducted while readers were reading mysteries showed the nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat sitting, and heart-pounding scenes burned way more calories than those burned by reading books in any other genre. Well, at least we think so. That gives mystery writers poetic license to include…

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Saralyn Richard asks Why Write Mysteries?

Saralyn Richard is the author of a children's picture book and three police procedurals for adults. You can read her last Blackbirds post here, and find out more about her here. When Murder in the One Percent was released, I went on a whirlwind book tour from city to city. It was thrilling to meet face-to-face with readers and listen to their comments and questions. A few questions emerged as typical:  where did the plot idea originate, do you outline, or why did you choose that setting? I was stunned, though, when a woman asked me why I would write…

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Saralyn Richard Asks are You a Christie Fan?

Saralyn Richard is the author of Murder in the One Percent. You can check her bio out here. I’m often asked the ponderous question of how I ended up writing mystery novels. As I reach back into my memory of that ambition’s long history, a few milestones emerge. Dame Agatha Christie I started reading mysteries at a very young age.I collected and read every single Agatha Christie novel and every biographical work about her.I became fascinated with the connections that bridge author and reader through the intellectual and emotional puzzle that is a mystery. I’m not the only person whose…

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