Gillespie Field Groove, a Private Detective Mystery by Corey Lynn Fayman
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Gillespie Field Groove
An obscure rock’n’roll roadie dies under mysterious circumstances. A prized Jimi Hendrix guitar has gone missing. Can Rolly Waters save his new client from the ruthless collectors looking for it?
When nurse and fledgling pilot Lucinda Rhodes hires guitar-playing private detective Rolly Waters to track down a Stratocaster guitar owned by her deceased father, Rolly is thrilled to take on her case, especially when he learns the guitar’s original owner may have been Jimi Hendrix. But Gerry Rhodes’s reckless personal history leads to more questions than Rolly and Lucinda have bargained for, as an aging rock’n’roll impresario, his trophy wife, a Russian gangster and the FBI get involved. When a forty-year-old shooting accident reveals a surprising connection to a pop star’s hit record, Rolly sees darker forces at work. And his and Lucinda’s lives hang in the balance.
Praise for Gillespie Field Groove:
“Gillespie Field Groove hits all the right notes. Music fans and general mystery readers alike will enjoy this story’s irresistible beat.” ~ blueinkreview.com “Exciting, compelling, suspenseful, and reflective of the realities of the music industry and San Diego culture, Gillespie Field Groove is a thrilling mystery novel in which a man seeks to right the wrongs committed by greedy executives.” ~ forewordreviews.com
Genre: Private Detective Mystery, Cozy Mystery Published by: Konstellation Press Publication Date: March 2023 Number of Pages: 276 ISBN: 0998748285 (ISBN-13: 978-0998748283) Series: A Rolly Waters Mystery, 5th
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Guest Post — Gillespie Field Groove — Dialogue Magic
by Corey Lynn Fayman
Some writers enjoy plotting, creating intricate schemes. Others love to describe the fictional world they’ve invented. And some like to get into the mind of their characters, chronicling their inner psychologies. I enjoy writing all of those, but what I really relish is composing dialogue, imagining the exchange of words between two or more characters. Dialogue has magical powers. Here’s a few things I think it can do for a writer, as well as three things to look out for.
Show don’t tell. This often-repeated bit of writing advice can sometimes be addressed with a well written bit of dialogue. Since the words come straight from the characters’ mouths rather than the authors (at least they appear to), the reader can make their own judgements about character motivation, intent, morals and manners.
Reveal character. Is your character smart or dim-witted? College-smart or street smart? Idealistic, down-to-earth, funny or mean? Dialogue can illustrate that. Instead of telling us a character is arrogant, have them say arrogant things. The reader will respond more directly, as if they were there, listening.
Create tension. Every character in your story has their own agenda and goals. Anytime they meet they’re negotiating. What are they willing to reveal? What are they trying to hide? Are they direct, dismissive, or deflecting? How does the environment the characters meet in affect what they say? The situational differences between each character’s goals and their conversational style should create dramatic tension. Dialogue is a negotiation, not just a back-and-forth recitation of information.
Those are three things I think dialogue can do well, and why I like to dig in deep with my fictional characters’ conversations. If your written dialogue does all the above at the same time, you’re really onto something. But beware. There are some things you need to avoid:
Data dumping. Characters spewing long explanations or “talking” the narrative are problematic. Readers get bored very quickly with this kind of thing. And don’t try to work your way around it by having another character interject with, “I see. What else?” That’s not real dialogue.
Don’t overdo it. When it comes to character, a little goes a long way. Got a Russian mobster with a lisp in your story? Pick a few words they say differently and only use them occasionally. Accents and verbal tics are fun, but they can wear out the reader. Use this spice lightly.
Don’t forget context. This is my own biggest bugaboo, the mistake I make most frequently. I get so involved in writing the dialogue that I go on for pages without reminding the reader where the characters are, what else is going on in the scene or how they react physically. You don’t always need much, but you need to provide context to break up the dialogue. Otherwise, you’re writing a play.
Corey Lynn Fayman, author of Gillespie Field Groove
Corey Lynn Fayman has worked as a musician, sound technician, and interactive designer. He holds a B.A. in English, with a specialization in creative writing and poetry from UCLA, and an M.A. in Educational Technology from San Diego State University. Fayman spent five years as a sound technician and designer at the nationally lauded Old Globe Theatre, where he received several nominations and a Drama-Logue Award for his theatrical sound design.
He’s worked as an interactive designer for organizations both corporate and sundry and has taught technology and design courses at various colleges and universities. He lives in San Diego, California, and is the author of four Rolly Waters mystery series, including Blacks Beach Shuffle, Border Field Blues, and Desert City Diva (2015 Indiefab Book of the Year bronze award).
The fourth in the series, Ballast Point Breakdown, was honored with the best-in-show Geisel Award at the 2021 San Diego Book Awards.
To learn more about Corey Lynn Fayman, click on any of the following links: Website, Goodreads, BookBub, Twitter, Facebook.
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