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RMMWA March meeting: Dissecting Noir

Denver author Z.J. Czupor cast light on a dark subject—noir literature—at the March 2016 meeting of the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America. What is and isn’t noir is a surprisingly contentious subject lately. James Ellroy famously (and somewhat...

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Author Marketing—Building a Platform That Fits on a Tail

by Mike McClanahan On January 14, RMMWA’s own Liesa Malik taught a roomful of writers how to develop a successful marketing program by building an Author Platform and offered practical ways to use it to market their work. Liesa is a long-time marketing consultant as...

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Stories from the Front Lines

A saying often heard in medical schools is “just because you hear hoof beats, don’t presume it’s zebras.” In other words, work from the most likely to the least, sort of like Sherlock Holmes.

But what if you’re dealing with a situation that’s never happened before—say, an Ebola outbreak in Texas, or anthrax sent via mail to the U.S. Capitol? A great many cases handled by the U.S. Public Health Service and Centers for Disease Control, from the World Trade Center attack to SARS outbreaks to tsunamis, are such situations. The predictable, familiar response might be the worst thing to do. The CDC teams are dealing with zebras. They have to assess an unfamiliar situation quickly and test solutions carefully, without becoming part of the problem themselves. And while they may not be able to prevent the initial crisis, a large measure of their success comes in what doesn’t happen in the wake of the crisis, and the lessons learned for mitigation and future preparation.

When the calls went out to the CDC concerning the WTC, anthrax, SARS, and Ebola crises in Africa and Texas, Captain Eric Esswein was there.

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Jane Cracraft — Secrets of a Private Eye

by Mike McClanahan RMMWA members and guests were treated to an inside look at the business of being a private investigator by former Denver Post reporter and PI Jane Cracraft. When new ownership acquired the Post, Jane's search for a new situation following led her to...

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Sami Jo Lien presents Publicity 101

by Mike McClanahan Publicizing your own work can be one of the hardest things about being an author. That’s the message publicist Samantha Jo Lien brought to the February meeting of Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers. Fortunately, she also had a lot of great ideas on how...

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Serial killers – Tracy Brisendine

by Mike McClanahan What's a topic that's sure to draw a roomful of mystery writers together on an icy winter eve? Serial killers, of course. The January meeting of RMMWA featured a presentation by law enforcement veteran Tracy Brisendine on the whos, whats, and whys...

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Former Prosecutor, Morley Swingle

by Mike McClanahan On an icy mid-November eve, several hardy writers braved the elements and slid downtown to the Denver Press Club to hear attorney and author Morley Swingle tell them how to accurately portray DAs and other prosecutors when writing courtroom dramas....

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Private Investigator, David Keil

by Rick Gustafson David Keil is the first to admit it was dumb luck that he knocked on Sarah’s front door, but doing so was a key break in his case. The previous day Keil had a scheduling problem, difficulty with his flight, when he realized there was a witness he...

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Deadly Sin — RMMWA Speaker Dr. Laura Manuel

by Rick Gustafson This month’s article includes a quiz. How many procedural mistakes can you 
find in the opening narrative? 
Bonus Questions: Where is Detective Dubinsky from, and from which film did I borrow the character names? (No fair Googling the answers) "We’re...

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