Ron Lovell Shares
Mystery Writing Tips
Gleneden Beach author Ron Lovell, author of the Thomas Martindale and Lorenzo Madrid mystery series, will take time off from “who done it” to show “how he does it” at the Nov. 17 meeting of Willamette Writers coast chapter. The free workshop takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport library.
Lovell promises to go step-by-step through his mystery-writing process. He’ll discuss the choices he made in writing his books and also talk about book publishing and marketing.
Lovell was a journalism professor at Oregon State University for 24 years. Before that, he was a magazine writer with Business Week in Denver, Medical World News in New York and the McGraw-Hill News Service in Los Angeles and Houston. He is the author of 14 textbooks on journalism and hundreds of articles.
He now writes mystery novels about Thomas Martindale, a college professor who solves crimes on the side. The books take place either on the Oregon Coast or on a campus that strongly resembles OSU. Titles in the series include Murder at Yaquina Head, Dead Whales Tell No Tales, Lights, Camera, Murder, Murder Below Zero, Searching for Murder, Descent Into Madness, Yaquina White, Murder in E-flat Major, Murder in the Steens, and Murder Times Two.
Several years ago, he began publishing a new series, the Lorenzo Madrid Mysteries, about a Mexican attorney who specializes in immigration law in Oregon. Titles in that series include Danger in Unlikely Places, A Dangerous Assignment, Danger by the Sea, and Dangerous Decisions. “I can’t imagine living in the world without the ability to write and to read,” Lovell says. “I can’t remember when or how I learned to read but that, and a compulsion to write, have propelled me through life. The teacher in me wants to help others learn to read. When they do, their lives will be so much richer and more meaningful.