Some writing teachers suggest that tone is about attitude and that tone should be consistent throughout a book. But doesn’t consistency counter the unexpected and suspense? This week we hear from Elaine Viets and John F. Dobbyn discussing tone.
Award-winning mystery writer Elaine Viets has written 29 mysteries in three series. The Art of Murder is her fifteenth Dead-End Job mystery. Brain Storm, the first book in her Angela Richman, Death Investigator series, debuts August 2 as a trade paperback, e-book and MP3 CD.
Following graduation from Harvard College and service in the United States Air Force, John F. Dobbyn obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from Boston College Law School, and a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. While teaching law as a professor at Villanova Law School, the author published 25 short stories in Ellery Queen’s Mystery magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Four novels in the Michael Knight/Lex Devlin series have been published by Oceanview Publications – Neon Dragon, Frame Up, Black Diamond, and Deadly Diamonds, with the fifth, Fatal Odds, to be published on August 2, 2016.