Sleuthfest 2018: Marty Ambrose

Marty Ambrose, author of the fascinating new historical mystery featuring Lord Byron, CLAIRE’S LAST SECRET, not only attended the recent 25th anniversary of Sleuthfest in Florida – she was also on a historical mystery panel with D.J. Niko and Diane A.S. Stuckart! What’s her top tip for incorporating research into writing? Read on . . .


Sleuthfest in Boca Raton, Florida, is an amazing writers’ event every year, and this one was special: the 25th anniversary of the conference! I’ve attended only a dozen or so –but never returned home without having acquired new knowledge and new friends. Only at Sleuthfest can you learn how about murder and marketing during the same day. This year, I had the opportunity to be on a “Historical Mystery” panel with my fellow writers, D.J. Niko and Diane A.S. Stuckart. We covered a variety of topics that explored how to include important facts in historical novels – and not to show “our index cards.” A tough task, to be sure. I shared my strategy for incorporating research in my new historical mystery, CLAIRE’S LAST SECRET: start with journals and diaries from the era to add the personal perspective, then “shade” the scene with touches of authentic details. A historical mystery still needs to be character-driven – besides, it is fiction after all. Or so we think . . .


CLAIRE’S LAST SECRET is available from 31 May/UK and 1 September/US. Read more about this exciting new historical mystery here.


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