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DIY MFA Radio Episode 122: Writing Domestic Suspense — Interview with Cate Holahan

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Gabriela Pereira interviews author Cate Holahan about her latest book, The Widower’s Wife. In this interview, they discuss the art and craft of domestic suspense and how the author’s choices shaped the book. Cate talks about the point of view in the novel, and why she chose to focus on certain characters. She also shares tips on how to make a close setting (e.g. the suburban house) come alive, and shares tidbits about how she fits writing around her own busy family life. For complete show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/122.

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Author Cate Holahan Answers One Question about ‘The Widower’s Wife’

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The opening lines to Cate Holahan’s The Widower’s Wife (Crooked Lane Books, August 9, 2016) solidified my perpetual refusal to go on a cruise ship. Her newest thriller follows the investigation of a young wife gone missing on a cruise and she just so happens to have a lofty inheritance. Ryan Monahan, a character I’m dying for Holahan to feature in future work, is on the case to find out what happened to Ana Bacon. Her follow-up to her debut novel, Dark Turns, took me on a weaving narrative to the aftermath and the events leading up to the mysterious woman’s disappearance. Perspective is reality, as the tired, ever-relevant saying goes. For the One Question and Answer series, I asked her about the…

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Google Searches for Your Next Novel Could Get You in Hot Water with the NSA!

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“What are the weakest ports of entry to the United States?” “How much for a fake social security number?” “Caribbean to the U.S. without documents…” NSA spies could be forgiven for pegging me as a human trafficker. A scan of web queries from my IP address in the last year would reveal that someone with access to my password-protected router routinely Googled for information about sneaking into the U.S. I’m somewhat surprised that a black suited agent in dark sunglasses hasn’t come to check out my basement. I’m not shocked, however, that my questions all had answers buried in the recesses of the web. Google is to information what Ali Baba’s imaginary, magic cave was to treasure. It’s almost unfathomable…

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Author Cate Holahan: How I Made Two Cinematic Book Trailers, Each For Less Than $500

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In my head, my finished books are already films. The faces of my characters, drawn out in detail over months of writing and editing, are etched into my mind’s eye. When I re-read my novels, these imaginary people perform for me. I can hear the unique rhythms of their speeches, see their facial ticks. Reviewing a key scene is a screening. Yet none of my imagined scenes ever had a chance of making it into a book trailer. Translating even snippets of my cinematic visions into a trailer would have demanded qualified actors, location scouts, permits, directors, producers, editors and a budget many multiples of my advance. Fortunately, the former television producer in me was aware—albeit vaguely—of the costs associated…

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Just Keep Swimming: 4 Books to Read After You Finally See Finding Dory!

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P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney has been ingrained in my brain thanks to the hilarious Dory. Thirteen years ago, Disney-Pixar introduced a film that touched the hearts of all ages and we’ve been (im)patiently waiting since then to see our favorite characters of Finding Nemo back on the big screen. Well, the wait is over because on June 17, we will be onto the next adventure with Marlin, Dory and Co. in Finding Dory (We’re wishing her the best of luck considering that pesky annoyance of having no short-term memory!), with the familiar bickering voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks leading the way. We know that you’ve already bought your ticket to go see Finding Dory on Friday and that you’ve…

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