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ASHEVILLE—Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, is now open. Author Vicki Lane will lead the workshop "Mystery 101."

We selected a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel (one of Asheville's most famous texts) and removed a few words. Then we prompted Vicki to fill in the resulting blanks, for what we're calling "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition." Of course, the sharp reader might recognize this as a version of the famous Mad Libs game.

Below is Vicki Lane's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"He wanted no land of morphine: his fantasies found extension in reality. And he saw no reason to pound that there really were 1,200 lips in China, and that the elk, the hippogriff, and the angel might all be sagging in their proper places. He believed that there was typhoid in China, and genii stopped up in wizards’ passion. Moreover, since Ben’s death, the soup kitchen had grown on him that men do not prod from poorhouse because life is dull, but that nobility smokes from men because men are funereal. He felt that the passions of the fumble were greater than the boarders. It seemed to him that he had never had a great moment of rotting in which he had wept to its fullness."


Vicki Lane will lead the workshop, "Mystery 101."

Whether it's a steamy bit of noir with a hard-drinking gumshoe, a chilling novel of psychological suspense, or a light-hearted cozy starring a ditzy tea shop owner/amateur sleuth, the basics are the same. We'll explore the tropes and truisms of mystery and how to meet the expectations of a mystery readers while, at the same time, surprising them with the unexpected.

Vicki Lane is the author of The Day of Small Things and of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries: Signs in the Blood, Art’s Blood, Old Wounds (Book Sense Notable, SIBA Book Award Nominee), In a Dark Season (Romantic Times Nominee for Best Contemporary Mystery and Suspense Novel, Anthony nominee for Best Paperback Original) and Under the Skin. The novels, noted for their sympathetic depiction of mountain culture and setting, spring from the rural Appalachian county and the mountain farm where Vicki has lived since 1975. Vicki is currently at work on a historical novel exploring the divided loyalties of western North Carolina during the Civil War.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is now open.


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