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About joesouza

I am a writer of crime novels

Random Thoughts From Your Friendly Neighborhood Crime Writer

— I did a total remodel job this last month and noticed the similarities between that and writing a novel. From the ashes of demolition I needed to come up with a design and interesting concept, and the closer to … Continue reading

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Editing: A Follow-up to Jule’s Post

I was going to write about The Grateful Dead today. But then I read Jule’s intriguing post yesterday and decided to do a fun follow up post about editing. Julie’s sense of bewilderment amused me because I know just how … Continue reading

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Writing Architecture

My son started shooting a commercial for Maine Cabin Masters today, which made me think about writing about architecture. Needless to say, I really enjoy writing about it. What is it about architecture that I, and so many other people, … Continue reading

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Mysterious & Mainely Summer Eats

Come summer I like to eat, especially after a long day of writing tense thrillers that increase my appetite. Now, I like to eat year round, but summer eating holds a special place in my heart, er, stomach. So what … Continue reading

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This Is The End, My Only Friend, The End

Have you ever arrived at the end of your novel and realized it just didn’t work? Or that you had no idea how to end it? Or who did the crime and why they did it? If the answer to … Continue reading

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Backstory. And Why Your Novel Is Like Lasagna

Have you ever eaten a bad lasagna? There’s too much Ricotta and very little ground beef, cooked bland and underseasoned. No garlic. Tomato sauce poured from a jar instead of San Marzano tomatoes simmered in spices. Dense sheets of pasta, … Continue reading

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Suburban Thrillers

The recent popularity of suburban thrillers in crime fiction begs the question: what exactly is a suburban thriller? More often than not it involves a crime that in some way touches upon a fragile relationship, usually a troubled marriage. The … Continue reading

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The Middle March!

Everyone remembers the great song Stuck in the Middle With You by Stealers Wheel. It played prominently in Tarantino’s classic crime move, Reservoir Dogs. But the song is not what I’m talking about here in this post. What I’m referring … Continue reading

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The Guy On The Train, Part Two

Last blog post I detailed my adventures on Boston’s MBTA. Today I’ll talk about my train adventures inside the U.S. My first real train ride occurred when I was in college in the mid-eighties. A friend and I decided to … Continue reading

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The Guy on the Train, Part 1

The subject of trains has been a popular trope for many mystery authors. From THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to THE ORIENT EXPRESS to STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, trains have proved to be a fascinating vehicle to set a thriller … Continue reading

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