This year Scene of the Crime brought us Barbara Fradkin, author of the Michael Green Detective novels. Barbara led the morning workshop at writers festival on Wolfe Island in Kingston Ontario.
Fradkin talked about the difference between cosy mysteries and hard-boiled mystery.
If you’re writing a cosy, she suggested:
- no swearing
- limited violence – could be off screen
- sex mostly off screen
- set in a tight community, village or club
- write in a genteel pace
But if you’re on the other end of the spectrum you can write whatever you like.
I think my writing falls somewhere in the middle. What about you?
Thanks for reading . . .