From the August 2016 newsletter
Marcia Buompensiero (aka Loren Zahn, aka M. Lee Buompensiero) shared her process of writing mysteries with the San Diego Mystery Club at their July dinner meeting.
She described character development as combining characteristics of real people and the situations in which they find themselves until they become residents in the author’s head.
Mysteries require building tension as the book proceeds and Marcia shared an example from her upcoming release Sumerland. Emphasizing the need for authenticity in including descriptions of police work she described a helpful ten-week course, “The District Attorney’s Citizens Academy”. The course included a visit to the morgue and an exercise in the use of tasers. Buompersiero included a popular game of recognizing San Diego landmarks taken from her books. The first successful attendee identifying each scene was awarded an autographed copy of Dirty Little Murders or Deadly Little Secrets. The meeting closed with questions and answers about publishing books and her new publishing company, Grey Castle Publishing.