No offense, Sam

You sometimes have the strangest tasks ahead of you when you are a mystery writer.

The other weekend, mystery novelist Katy King (also known as the Princess Consort) and I went to a Portland coffee shop to work on our novels. She has a first draft of a mystery and I’m working on the sequel to “Crashers.”

We bought our drinks, found a table, set up our Macs. Then I opened my Steno pad, in which I had jotted the three things I needed to do that day: Clean up a scene; stitch together a bridge between an existing scene and a new one; and removing an unneeded character from the big, dramatic finale.

People entered and exited the coffee shop behind me. Katy leaned forward and said, “Sweetie? Your note pad?”

I glanced at her, eyebrows raised.

She looked at the other coffee shop patrons, then at me, then at my note pad.

Note No. 3 read: Kill the mayor.

“Oh,” I said, tucking the notepad back in my messenger bag. “Yeah. Good call.”

No one called the police, so we got through our scenes that day.



About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on December 17, 2010, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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