If you’re a crime writer who’s not a PI, member of law enforcement, or one of those type of occupations, it’s likely you have little experience with your topic.Thankfully, there are several websites that can provide background for just about anything you need. Take a look at these:
- The Crime Library–a big collection on true crime stories, information about serial killers, the criminal mind, gory photos and more
- Crime Space Ning
- Crime Spot --the latest updates from the crime and mystery world. It even has a widget to add the feed to your crime/mystery blog
- Crime Writers Research–This blog by Nancy Cohen, award winning mystery writer, provides tons of information to help all crime writers deliver a believable and squeamish tale
- Criminal Minds — A Virtual Panel –each week, this blog responds to provocative questions about crime fiction, writing, publishing and life. The week I checked, the question was Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
- Mystery Scene Magazine –everything you want to know about mystery writing–authors, books, blogs, how-tos, even some quotes. Here’s one I love from Kinsey Milhone: Too much virtue has a corrupting effect.
- Working Stiffs--where crime writers talk about their trade
Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.