Author Archives: williamdandrews

What’s a mystery novel?

            I recently read two novels that set me to thinking about what makes a story a mystery:  Richard Russo’s Chances Are . . . and Tana French’s The Witch Elm.  The authors are not strangers to me.  Maine’s own … Continue reading

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Summer Visitors

            When we moved to Maine, the only reluctance we felt came from leaving so many friends behind.  But one of them reassured us on that front.  “Don’t worry,” she said.  “Anyone you want to see will be happy to … Continue reading

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Details, details

Every writer faces the question of how much detail to provide about characters and settings. Am I describing enough? Too little? Too much? How much do my readers need, or want, to know in order to understand the character I’m … Continue reading

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Care giving

Out of the blue, a violent act. Terrible physical consequences. Then the slow unwinding to figure it out, to understand, to absorb the meaning. Outline of a mystery novel? Not in this case. After a two-month hiatus I’m happy to … Continue reading

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Snowshoeing and writing

One of the consequences of the wonderfully abundant snowfall we’ve enjoyed in western Maine this winter is that our snowshoe trails have turned into relatively deep slots. My wife and several of our neighbors informally maintain a series of trails … Continue reading

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Make them talk

William Andrews: I find cute-grandchildren stories as boring as the next person, so a warning: this posting starts with my granddaughter. She’s 3, and obviously she’s cute. She’s discovered how much I enjoy making her animals (when did they become “stuffies?”) … Continue reading

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Working from home

A friend told me recently that her brother, who lives in what we around here think of as (The Other) Portland, is spending a month in Maine with their father to help him through some medical problems.  “Of course,” she … Continue reading

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