For writers who are both history buffs and crime-writing enthusiasts, combining the two can yield an irresistible narrative.
Fans of such historical crime novels as Caleb Carr's "The Alienist" and Anne Perry's "William Monk" series know the past presents a rich tapestry of detail for bringing a mystery to life. Along with these riches, though, come some considerations unique to the genre.
If you are interested in penning your own historical crime novel and eager to learn more about its particular rewards and challenges, then don't miss the library's Craft of Historical Crime Writing workshop led by crime novelist Craig McDonald.
An Edgar, Anthony and Macavity award-nominated author, McDonald will share insights into composing an historical crime novel he has gleaned from writing nearly 20 books in the genre.
McDonald is the author of the Hector Lassiter series of historical crime novels, which include his debut novel, "Head Games," a nominee for the Edgar, Anthony, Gumshoe and Crimespree Magazine awards for best first novel.
The series, flush with historical detail, follows the adventures of writer Hector Lassiter as he gallivants across Europe, the U.S. and beyond, befriending everyone from Ernest Hemingway to Orson Welles, and getting embroiled in major events of the 20th century.
During the Craft of Historical Crime Writing workshop, McDonald will share the process that goes into writing his historical crime novels.
He'll also briefly describe the process of adapting his fiction to the graphic novel format, as "Head Games" is due to be re-released as a graphic novel this fall.
Along with his Hector Lassiter series, McDonald has written several other historical crime novels, as well as numerous works of nonfiction and short fiction.
A central Ohio native, he recently won national awards for his profiles of crime novelists James Crumley, Daniel Woodrell, James Sallis and Elmore Leonard.
The Craft of Historical Crime Writing will be 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. Although free, registration is required at worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar/register or by calling 614-807-2626.
The session is part of Worthington Libraries' Mark My Words writers quarterly series, during which experienced authors share their expertise on a genre of writing. The next workshop, on Oct. 14, will focus on the National Novel Writing Month challenge.
Meredith Southard is an adult-services librarian for Worthington Libraries.