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DIY MFA Radio Episode 120: Creating a Great Crime Novel — Interview with John Sandford

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In this podcast, Gabriela Pereira speaks with John Sandford about his writing process and the latest installment in his Virgil Flowers series. During the interview, they discuss how to create compelling characters within the context of a crime novel, how Sandford shifted from journalism to writing fiction, and the biggest pitfall beginning writers face (and how to avoid it).

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Jonesin’ for a fix– Orange is the New Black edition

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Humor, redemption, heartbreak; three of many things Netflix’s original series Orange is the New Black has. If you’re anything like me you probably already binge watched the second season of the Netflix original series. Man, they really made out like a bandit with this one. And by binge watch, I mean like, legit sat down from 7 p.m. on its release date and mowed straight through (with minimal bathroom and food breaks) until 9 a.m. the next morning. No? Just me? Doubtful! This show has got everybody talking; the series follows Piper Chapman, a woman in her 30s who, because of a decade-old crime committed while transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend, has to serve 15 months in prison. Add…

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JUST ANOTHER DAY IN LEONARD LAND: Curvaceous corpses, heroic cops, pure evil, dry wit

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Beautiful women are turning up dead on the beach, artfully arranged on lounge chairs in front of the Florida motel recently purchased by a former Detroit homicide detective. O’Clair had been hoping for a quiet retirement with a lower body count, but the clues are pointing to case files he thought were long closed. Eyes Closed Tight is Peter Leonard’s sixth crime novel, but it’s the first one published since the 2013 death of his famous crime-writer father, Elmore Leonard. British writer Martin Amis, also a son of a famous author (Kingsley Amis, author of Lucky Jim), calls the elder Leonard “a literary genius” and “the nearest America has to a national writer.” Ask the younger Leonard how he feels…

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