James R. Nelson

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James R. Nelson is the author of 8 mystery novels and one book of short stories. Many of his books take place either in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula or in Florida, where he currently resides.

His Stephen Moorehouse Collection consists of The Butterfly Connection, The Peacock Prophecy, and Menagerie of Broken Dreams.

His Archie Archibald Private Detective series consists of A Crimson Sky for Dying, The Black Orchid Mystery, and Unsafe Harbor.



Mr, Nelson holds a Master's Degree in Education and gives a workshop on "How To Write Your First Novel."

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James R. Nelson In 10 years I've never had it. I don't believe in it. I'm always thinking of new things to write.
James R. Nelson Making up complete worlds in your head and getting to know all of your characters. I didn't want to finish writing my last Archie Archibald book - A…moreMaking up complete worlds in your head and getting to know all of your characters. I didn't want to finish writing my last Archie Archibald book - A Crimson Sky for Dying, because I didn't want to leave Archie and his world.(less)
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The Maze At Four Chimneys

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The Butterfly Conspiracy

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The House On Turner Lane

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The Peacock Prophecy: A Ste...

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The Pilot

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The Black Orchid Mystery

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Menagerie of Broken Dreams

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Unsafe Harbor

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Rewrite of The Butterfly Conspiracy

I just spent the last month rewriting my first novel, The Butterfly Conspiracy. I did not change any of the action, characters, or plot. But I did polish it up, worked on the dialog, and corrected some of my "first novel" mistakes. In the end, I ended up with about 50 more pages...not sure how that happened since I really didn't change much. Oh, but I did add a page at the ending. I think the e... Read more of this blog post »
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James Nelson James Nelson said: " Since I do much better writing novels than I do short stories, I thought I would read some stories by one of the best short story writers. She did not disappoint! This is a book worth going back to many times for inspiration. "

 
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While the book "read" well, I had a very difficult time seeing how I would actually use the ideas she mentioned in the way I write my mystery novels. I was quite disappointed because this book came highly recommended by several members of my writing ...more
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