MacGuffin or Grail #2: Your Own Devices
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In the first part of MacGuffin or Grail, I suggested a set of criteria for judging whether your particular plot device was one or the other. Having given my protagonists in THE ANTIQUITIES HUNTER a panoply of grails, my question … Continue reading

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MacGuffin or Grail #1: Is there a Difference?
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According to Webster’s dictionary, a MacGuffin (McGuffin or maguffin, as you prefer) is: ”an object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance.” (emphasis mine) … Continue reading

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Research & (Plot) Development
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Hello, my name is Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, and I’m a recovering research-aholic. I know that research addiction is common among writers of speculative fiction (genres that begin with ”what if…?”). This doesn’t mean there aren’t writers who hate research with … Continue reading

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Gina Miyoko, P.I: Gina’s Oberegi – Say What?
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Gina “Tinkerbell” Miyoko, P. I., the diminutive protagonist of my newly-relased debut crime novel, THE ANTIQUITIES HUNTER, packs more than a spectrum blue Taurus to protect her. Thanks to her Mom, Nadia—who is a folklorist and cultural anthropology professor at … Continue reading

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Gina Miyoko P.I. — Hardware
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Like many private detectives, Gina ”Tinkerbell” Miyoko—protagonist of my first mystery novel, THE ANTIQUITIES HUNTER—carries a gun and is well-prepared to do so. Her favorite is a Titanium Taurus .357 Magnum (Model 617) in a delightful shade called “bright spectrum … Continue reading

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Gina Miyoko, P.I. and Boris the Harley
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Gina Miyoko (aka, Tinkerbell) is the sassy P.I. in my first detective novel, THE ANTIQUITIES HUNTER (Oct. 2018, Pegasus Crime). Leading up to the book’s release in October, and probably thereafter, I’m going to be posting occasional tidbits on Gina’s … Continue reading

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Gina S. Miyoko, P.I.
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She’s five-foot-two, gamine, and weighs ninety-four pounds in a soggy trench coat. The nickname “Tinkerbell” has followed her from high school. It’s hard to imagine her riding a Harley named Boris, or packing a baby blue .357 Magnum. She does … Continue reading

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The ARCs Are Going Out; Reviews Are Coming In!
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The ARCs (Advanced Review Copies) of my upcoming mystery/suspense novel The Antiquities Hunter have gone out to other mystery and crime writers and reviewers and I got a look at some of the reviews that are posted on my publisher’s website. … Continue reading

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