Author Archives: M.Preston

Whodunits or Thrillers?

Distinctions about what readers like to read and what writers write can be divided neatly. You can find my own subgenre of the mystery crime/suspense thriller genre on the police procedural branch of the subgenre tree. Specifically, the whodunits.  I … READ MORE »

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Getting Published – A Long Story

I thought everyone could write if they just sat down and put their mind to it.  As my facility for words came easily to me, I never thought it was important. A facility for manipulating numbers was more of consequence, … READ MORE »

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Get Ready. Get Set. Write.

I’m the rank amateur in another blog that I contribute to called Ladykillers as far  as making preparations to write. Even though I’ve published 6 well-received mysteries and 4 EBooks on the subject of “Writing Your First Mystery” since 2010, … READ MORE »

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The Best Thing I Ever Wrote by Mar Preston

So far it’s the series of short eBooks on “Writing Your First Mystery.” These five eBook primers on the architecture of the mystery novel are close to the best thing I’ve written. Partly because they seem to reach out to … READ MORE »

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Escaping Winter

I’m escaping winter in my California mountain village. So I’m looking for a furnished rental place of some kind in Ventura, California. It’s not so easy because I want to bring my two cats along. Landlords have had bad experiences, … READ MORE »

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Life Without My Dog

My beloved companion dog, Lily, died a week ago now. Over last weekend, I cried so hard for her I made myself sick. That phase of grieving has passed. Most of us have lost a pet, so I can write … READ MORE »

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