Today on the blog, I welcome author Joanne Guidocci, author of the Gilda Greco series. She’s here to talk about cozy mysteries and to offer an excerpt from her new novel, Too Many Women in the Room, and a giveaway, too! Thanks so much for stopping by on your blog tour, Joanne.
Whenever I introduce the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, I often encounter frowns and puzzled looks. Not too many people have heard of cozy mysteries. To them, the word “cozy” conjures up images of steaming cups of herbal teas, overstuffed chairs, and purring cats.
While those images can exist in cozy mysteries, the sub-genre contains many more intriguing elements. Written in the Agatha Christie tradition, these mysteries appeal to readers who wish to be engaged but not horrified.
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I’m joined today by prolific author F.M. Meredith, whose new book Unresolved (Rocky Bluff P.D. Series #13) is available now. She’s here to share some tips on how to write compelling dialogue. Take it away, Ms. Meredith:
Though you want dialogue to be realistic sounding, don’t copy how we really talk such as: “Hello, how are you.” “I’m fine, and you?” Leave all this greeting stuff and comments about the weather out unless it is important to the plot.
Dialogue should do one of two things: Move the plot along or reveal character.
Said and asked are better than the multitude of other dialogue tags such as responded, agreed, etc.
Better still, use the character’s action as a dialogue tag instead: “No way.” Dan pulled out his gun.
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