I’m just back from ThrillerFest 2016, raring to put lots of great ideas into action. Kudos to Kimberly Howe and her colleagues for producing an educational and inspirational event. Thanks as well to all of the faculty members who shared their wisdom and made themselves available for questions.
As it turns out, one of the panelists, bestselling author Mr. Thomas B. Sawyer, is a favorite of mine although I did not know it until I attended a session entitled “Playful, Stern or Downright Rude? How Dialogue Affects Thrillers.” Introduced as the showrunner and head writer for one of my all-time beloved shows, “Murder She Wrote,” he now teaches others how to engage and entertain with words. After the panel concluded, I thanked him for fond memories of snappy patter, intriguing plots and “slice of life” gems from Maine’s famous amateur detective, Jessica Fletcher. You can still catch reruns of Angela Lansbury and her pals on Netflix, the Hallmark Channel and elsewhere. Books by Donald Bain and his fictional co-author Mrs. F. are likewise fun to gobble up in a single setting.
It must be a wonderful feeling to know that what you create persists for millions of fans around the world to enjoy across the years and generations.