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Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning and bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries. Her short stories are published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Jane also writes about the craft of writing, including the Agatha Award-winning and bestselling Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot and the Agatha award-nominated Mastering Plot Twists, both from Writer’s Digest Books.

In addition, Jane has provides a free program called Honors Class, a series of weekly one-minute writing lessons for thoughtful readers and writers. She is also a Contributing Editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine and chairs the Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award, in partnership with AHMM.

Jane is a lecturer at Lehman College where she is also the di
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“A traditional mystery is a whodunit, whereas a thriller is a how-can-we-stop-them-from-doing-it. As you compare these seemingly opposite subgenres in Figure 1.1, you’ll note that although they differ in essential ways, they share a fundamental element—the use of suspense.”
Jane K. Cleland, Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats

“Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. —Truman Capote When”
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message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Jane,
I could have sworn we were already friends here, as well as elsewhere! Thanks for the request.


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