Robin Stevens “I do a massive spreadsheet of the murder, with the time of the murder and where everyone was in five-minute chunks leading up to it. It helps me get into the heads of the different characters, understand their motives and make sure their alibis work. Everybody has to be in the right place at the right time and all the clues have to be seeded.”
[in an interview with ‘The Bookseller’ magazine, July 22, 2016]
Her use of spreadsheets is interesting and I will try it out for my third novel, Sweet Joy. My novels are not crime stories, but they are about secrets and lies and it is essential to manage the twists and turns of the plot.
Read more about Robin Stevens’ books at her website.
‘Murder Most Unladylike’ by Robin Stevens [UK: Puffin]
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How children’s detective author Robin Stevens writes: spreadsheets http://wp.me/p5gEM4-23Q via @SandraDanby #amwriting