The private eye genre has come a long way, baby, with new subgenres from teenage PIs to vampire gumshoes to geriatric sleuths attracting new readers every year Although it can be safely said that all fictional sleuths, or private dicks, such as Edgar Allan Poe s C Auguste Dupin and Sara Paretsky s V.I Warshawski, are thinking machines, depending on their powers of observation, analysis and curiosity, the 21st century has opened up a brave new world of investigative technology, tools and Internet resources that would have made Sherlock Holmes weep with joy.Unfortunately, most writers are not aware of the state of the art developments that shape today s professional private investigator, which sometimes leave writers floundering with impossible and antiquated devices, characters and methods in stories Which is why we wrote How to Write a Dick A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real Life Sleuths, whose material we culled from our working a combined 14 years as private investigators and for one of us, several decades hiring and managing private investigators As a team, we have taught online classes and presented workshops at writers conferences about writing private investigators, and we write the blog Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes on a wide variety of investigative techniques and tools How to Write a Dick isn t about how to write a novel, but what you need to know to write an authentic, compelling 21st century sleuth character or story.Writers, readers, researchers, investigators and publishing professionals can use How to Write a Dick as an aid for Writing stories characters in the PI, mystery, suspense and thriller genres Understanding the real world of PIs and their fictional counterparts Using the book as a reference resource for writing articles and other research Researching the techniques, tools and legalities used by your favorite private eyes in film, books and other media Forget Google and Bing When you need to research PI work, go to the experts, Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman they live it, they teach it, they write it How to Write a Dick is the best work of its kind I ve ever come across because it covers the whole spectrum in an entertaining style that will appeal to layman and lawmen alike This will be the industry standard for years to come Reed Farrel Coleman, three time Shamus Award winner for Best PI Novel of the Year and author of Hurt Machine If you want authenticity in creating a fictional private investigator for your stories, then this is a must have reference book Its authors, Colleen and Shaun, are living breathing PIs with years of actual experience in the PI game R.T Lawton, 25 years on the street as a federal special agent and author of 4 series in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Best Read [ How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths ] author [ Colleen Collins ] – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com
Colleen Collins is an award winning author who s written several dozen novels for Harlequin and Dorchester, including two indie published mysteries, The Ungrateful Dead and its sequel, The Zen Man, as well as three nonfiction indie books, Secrets of a Real Life Female Private Eye, How Do Private Eyes Do That and How to Write a Dick A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real Life Sleuths the latter co authored with Shaun Kaufman.The second edition of the nonfiction book A LAWYER S PRIMER FROM CRIMES TO COURTROOMS, co authored with defense attorney Shaun Kaufman, was released in March 2015 Her most recent fiction release is the romantic mystery MISTLETOE AND MURDER IN LAS VEGAS, released December 2015.Her books have placed first in the Aspen Gold Readers Choice Awards, Colorado Gold, Romancing the Rockies, and Top of the Peak contests Her books have placed in the finals for the Holt Medallion, Best Indie Books 2012, Coeur de Bois Readers Choice, Award of Excellence, More than Magic, and Romance Writers of America RITA contests.She s a member of the Mystery Writers of America MWA , Private Eye Writers of America PWA , Romance Writers of America RWA and Sisters in Crime.When not sleuthing or writing, Colleen likes to spend time with her husband and their two Rottweilers and three cats.
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- How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths
- Colleen Collins
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