Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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Debut, hard-boiled mystery fiction for men. Stephen King’s son describes a fitting genre as MANfiction (the opposite of Chick lit).

Casey Holden, former cop, current PI in Virginia Beach, VA, screens his clients the way he screens his women, based on whichever drop-dead gorgeous woman happens to waltz through his door first and manages to hold his attention. So when Felicity Farren, widow-at-large, struts into his office asking him to solve the two-year-old murder of her husband Artis, she intrigues him. When Casey starts digging, he learns the murder isn’t what it seems to be and he doesn’t have a big enough shovel to unearth the truth. And to top it all off, his former rival at the police department, Greg Gilman, is determined to disrupt his investigation. Casey's challenge is to learn what really happened to Artis, and why Gilman can’t seem to remove his head from his butt. And he’ll need all of his wits to complete the task.

MANfiction Description

If you want to describe the way of the gun, then you’re poised to write MANfiction. Flowing imagery and needless metaphors need not apply. But the way a fist slams into a cheek, or the way the bullet riddled his barren body, or the way the baseball sliced through the air like a glob of spit, then that’s when you know you’ve written MANfiction. The feel of the wheel, the hum of the engine, and the click into fourth gear are important actions. Each one deserves its own place on the page.

If you’re writing first person, seeing the world through your main character’s eyes becomes important. With MANfiction, the closer the reader is the better. Diving right in should be important as well, because it’s not about setting the scene: it’s about taking over the action and making it your own. It’s about establishing a connection that fires on all synapses. It doesn’t take massive amounts of brain power to read MANfiction, and while you can do more than just pure, simple entertainment, you don’t want to leave the reader questioning your intelligence either. While intellectuals often need not apply in MANfiction, you want to know the difference between a semi-automatic and a revolver, a Smith & Wesson and a Glock, as well as a manual transmission versus an automatic.

If you bring action to the reader, get most of the details right, and give your edits more than just a cursory glance, your reader will thank you, and MANfiction will appreciate your contribution.
Robert Downs is the author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator. A sample chapter of his MANfiction mystery debut, as well as other interesting information about the author, or his main character, can be located at his website.

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