Alligator Preserves Episode 57: “Murder in the One Percent”

Author Saralyn Richard

Award-winning author Saralyn Richard talks with me about her writing process and her novel–Murder In The One Percent–a page-turning, often humorous murder mystery.

The murder takes place where one would not expect it to, and the story abounds in red herrings!

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Show Notes with Links:

  • Saralyn (pronounced like Marilyn) introduces herself
  • Naughty Nana is inspired by the antics of Saralyn’s family sheepdog

    She has also written a fun children’s book called Naughty Nana, based on the antics of her family sheepdog

  • We talk about various reader reactions to her one percenter murder mystery
  • She talks about how she keeps track of all the potential killers
  • An actual dinner party inspired this murder mystery
  • She discusses how she came to the whodunnit decision…
  • And the need to write in 3rd person omniscient
  • We discuss character development and inspiration for different characters and character naming conventions
  • Saralyn reads a passage from Murder in the One Percent
  • Murder in the One Percent

    We talk about when the character dies, and how, and the horrifying “naturally occurring” poison palytoxin, which is not yet in the book Deadly Doses: A Writer’s Guide to Poisons

  • She discusses how she used “what if” thinking when writing…
  • And surprises that happen along the way
  • Dealing with criticism (not all constructive)
  • Saralyn offers advice to aspiring murder mystery writers
  • Her next book–A Palette for Love and Murder–out next year
  • Shout-outs
  • Saralyn’s website
  • Saralyn’s preferred preserves? Apricot!

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