Thought For the Days

July 16, 2013

Let’s say you’re the author of the greatest mystery story ever told. Do you give away the big secret before the end, knowing that a lot of people won’t bother with the rest?  Or do you ignore the constant carping and let everyone get to the ending on their own?

Just asking.

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LukeHandCool July 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

Ignore all carping.

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antonio August 23, 2013 at 9:13 am

Just finished reading LA ’56 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Every page had something interesting and it had great pacing. Very concise and entertaining.

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Joel Engel August 24, 2013 at 11:29 am

Antonio: Thanks much.

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Brett August 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Not to turn this into a congrats thread, but I also appreciated L.A. ’56, and noted so. I number my readers in pairs at best, but here’s hoping I made you a sale or two ;-)

http://friarsfires.blogspot.com/2013/05/three-different-books.html

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Joel Engel August 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Brett, thanks for the very kind words. I hadn’t seen the review before and am pleased to read it now. By the way, you should know that the first several drafts of the book were written, as you suggested, in the conventional past-tense author’s voice. But clearly, something was missing. Only when I decided to go present tense did the urgency of the story come alive for me as the book’s first reader.

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Brett August 28, 2013 at 9:17 am

You’re welcome.

That’s interesting to hear; it may be just a preference of mine then. After all, you’re the pro, and your way it sold ;-)

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