Friday, July 30, 2010
Author Spotlight: W.S. Gager
Take it away, W.S.! Wait a minute! You're not W.S.!
Mitch Malone here. I’m subbing for W.S. Gager. She has her hands full trying to promote my latest escapade in A Case of Accidental Intersection. She wanted to do something long and boring on creating great dialogue. I had to put a stop to that. I’m also the best one to talk about listening to what people say and how they say it. You’ve got to have good dialogue if you are trying to show character. Stilted exchanges will kill the pace and tempo of a book. I’m an expert at dialogue on account of the fact that I quote people in my newspapers stories and when you do that, you see how people have different nuances to their speech.
Take politicians. I don’t cover them unless I have to but when I do, their quotes or dialogue in a book is smooth with flowery language. Of course they never say anything but they use a lot of words to do it. Lot of that this election year.
Now in my first big story, A Case of Infatuation, there was a kid named Joey. He never spoke in complete sentences, never more than a couple of words at a time unless he was excited and then they were all strung together and you couldn’t make any sense out of them.
If I were to quote either one of them in a news story and I did Elsie because she was the witness to one horrific accident between a sports car and a cement truck, you have to get the words precisely as they said them or they can claim they are misquoted or worse yet, your reader gets pulled out of your story because it just doesn’t sound right.
So, you heard it here from Mitch Malone, get into the head of your character and make sure your dialogue fits their personality.
(Lauren here.) Purchase either of W.S. Gager's Mitch Malone Mysteries at:
Robbins’ Booklist, Greenville
Country Squire Pharmacy, Fremont
Barnes & Noble, Norton Shores & Grand Rapids area stores
Schuyler’s Books, Grand Rapids
If you would like to contact W.S. Gager, you can do so at:
Facebook keyword: wsgager
Thank you, W.S. Gager, and Mitch, for stopping by today. We all look forward to reading about your big story in the The Case of Accidental Intersection!
Note: Nest week, on August 8, I have the honor of visiting Jeff Marks blog, Little Blog of Mystery. Stop by to learn about my first professional writing assignment.
On August 13, I will be visiting Lois Winston's blog: Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers. Sorry, I just discovered that I am overbooked that day. So, Archie Monday from It's Murder, My Son will be stopping by to tell you all about what has been happening at Deep Creek Lake since mystery writer Robin Spencer passed away and left her estate to homicide detective Mac Faraday. It should be quite a visit, so stop by to say hello!