Anyone else binge-watching Suits? Admittedly, I have a weakness for attractive, well-dressed men, but this show is also proving to be a great source of inspiration for my Financial Crime series. Continue reading Financial Crime II: Insider Trading
Anyone who works in Finance is all too familiar with increasing regulations. These are put in place in order to prevent illegal activity, though financial crime continues to be a huge problem throughout the world. Continue reading Financial Crime Series I: Money Laundering
When guns are involved in fiction, someone will probably end up injured (or worse). The severity of gunshot wounds depends on a variety of factors – read on for a brief overview that will help you portray them more accurately in your story. Continue reading Writer Research: Gunshot Wounds
Is your protagonist a former spy on the run from the government? An intrepid reporter who sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong? Guns often play a major role in contemporary fiction, especially in genres like mystery or suspense.
So how do you portray guns accurately? How do you avoid clichés and misconceptions? This primer will help you get started, covering basic terminology while debunking things you may have “learned” from the big screen.
Ready to get started?
Continue reading Writer Research: Guns
So you want to write about money – or rather, someone who commits crime for money. Where do you start?
Financial crime, or the fraudulent acquisition of property belonging to someone else, is a vast topic. We don’t read novels to learn about suspicious anomalies on the company balance sheet – if we’re not careful, dialogue can morph into info-dump, and characters can be dwarfed by organisations and governments.
So how do we avoid this? How do we strike the right balance between “too little” and “too much” information?
Continue reading Financial Crime for Writers: An Overview