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My name is Mike Pettit, Author,Writer, Novelist, Scribe, whatever. My alter egos, John Locke, Jack Marsh, Damian Wolf, Kimo Kanoa, and their pals live in my head 24/7, non-stop. They are like tracer rounds ricocheting around my brain. I know there are other like me out in the cyber world going though the same thing.

This is the go-to joint for everything suspense and mystery, a stake-out for writers that want to share their thoughts. Come on in, drop anchor, grab a cup of joe (or latte), and let's talk murder...or writing about it.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A PRIVATE EYE LOOKING FOR A CLUE

One of the most difficult things for a thriller writer to do is to plan ahead to hide evidence in the early stages of the story development. Then, like leaving bread crumbs behind for the gumshoe to discover, you have to be careful where and how you spread them. I often find myself giving away the ending at the half way point in my novel. Then thirty thousand words later I realize what I have done and spend hours and days trying to back track re-hiding the clues. The investigation had been over and all the characters knew it, except for me. There are two main types of clues that trip me up. The first is the verbal clue where a sub or secondary character says something significant to the plot. The second is the placement of physical clues...and then forget where you put them, or that you even added them.
I tend to do a lot of sub plotting , braiding story lines through out the novel, and then bring it all together at the end. So far , I haven't left my private investigator scratching his head, wondering how he solved the mystery. Do others have this same problem with clues?

THRILLERS-R-ME: BRAIDING WITHIN THE THRILLER

THRILLERS-R-ME: BRAIDING WITHIN THE THRILLER: " Doctor Evil  I am 50K words in to my new novel, The 9 Monkeys, and need to expose the villain. My quandary is that I have braided three..."

Monday, January 17, 2011

AUTHOR MIKE PETTIT'S ACTION THRILLER BLOG

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BLOG OWNER LOVES MURDER, MAYHEM, MUTTS.

AUTHOR OF THE POPULAR JOHN LOCKE SUSPENSE SERIES.

NEEDS FRIENDS WITH LIKE PERSONALITY ISSUES  THAT LOVE TO WRITE THRILLERS, MYSTERY, MACABRE.

ALL ARE WELCOME....COME TO THE DARK SIDE OF LIFE, THE LATE SHIFT, WHERE BAD PEOPLE LIVE AND WORK.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

JUNGLE RULES

MAY 15th. Finally, JUNGLE RULES, is going KINDLE. One-hundred twenty-two thousand words, three-hundred- thirty pages....and a lot of action. It's loaded with SUSPENSE, MURDER, KIDNAPPING, VOODOO, JAMAICAN POSSE'S, CHINESE TRIADS, WASHINGTON WEASELS, and JOHN LOCKE caught in the middle. He's on the run, one jump ahead of an assassin. The race takes him through Miami, Key West, and down into the Islands where he goes head-to-head with one of the most psychotic killers imaginable...It will leave you breathless.