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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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Saturday, October 15 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
The Mind of an Author

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Mystery and thriller authors weave character, setting, plot, language, and theme into stories that grab us and keep us reading. Authors Linda Barnes, William Landay, Gayle Lynds, William Martin, and Paula Munier will work with the audience to gather inspiration and create stories, giving you an inside view of how your favorite author may have built that novel that you couldn't put down. Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America, New England and hosted by MWA president Ray Daniel.

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Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel is the award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction. His short stories “Give Me a Dollar” won a 2014 Derringer Award for short fiction and “Driving Miss Rachel” was chosen as a 2013 distinguished short story by Otto Penzler, editor of The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Daniel’s short fiction has been published in the Level Best Books anthologies Thin Ice, Blood Moon, Stone Cold... Read More →

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Linda Barnes

Born in Detroit, where she learned a lot about crime, Linda Barnes began her writing career as a playwright.  After publishing four well-received mysteries featuring Boston area actor/detective Michael Spraggue, she tried her hand at a short story, “Lucky Penny,” which was nominated for all four major mystery awards, including the Edgar and Shamus. Her next twelve novels starred Carlotta Carlyle, the 6’1” red-headed... Read More →
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William Landay

William Landay’s latest novel is the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob. His previous novels are Mission Flats, which won the Dagger Award as best debut crime novel of 2003, and The Strangler, which was a Los Angeles Times favorite crime novel and was nominated for the Strand Magazine Critics Award as best crime novel of 2007. Links: More About Defending Jacob Landay’s Website Landay’s Twitter
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Gayle Lynds

New York Times bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning author of ten international espionage novels, including The Book of Spies, The Last Spymaster, and Masquerade, which Publishers Weekly lists among the top ten spy novels of all time. With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series, the first of which was a CBS miniseries.  A member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, she is also co-founder (with David Morrell... Read More →
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William Martin

William Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of ten historical novels, including the popular Peter Fallon series. His book reviews have appeared in the Boston Globe and the Washington Independent Book Review. He was the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the USS Constitution Museum and the 2005 recipient of the New England Book Award. He has also taught fiction writing at the Harvard Extension School... Read More →
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Paula Munier

Paula Munier, a senior literary agent and content strategist at Talcott Notch Literary, has created and marketed exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as WGBH, Fidelity, and Disney. She is the author of several books, including the Amazon bestseller Plot Perfect: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene, Writing with Quiet Hands, and Fixing Freddie. Her new book, Beginnings, is forthcoming later this... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA