Art In Fiction

Art In Fiction

Find out what makes great, arts-inspired fiction in a variety of genres, from historical fiction and mysteries to crime novels, thrillers, contemporary fiction, and more. Author and Art In Fiction founder Carol M. Cram discusses writing topics and interviews some of the top authors featured on Art In Fiction, a curated online database of novels inspired by the arts, from Music to Dance to Literature to Visual Arts and beyond. Discover awesome novels and get the lowdown on what it takes to be a successful author of novels inspired by the arts.... Show More

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September 10, 2020 35 min

In this episode, I chat about thrillers with an arts twist with Helaine Mario, author of The Lost Concerto and Dark Rhapsody, two page-turners listed in the Music category on Art In Fiction which also incorporate Visual Arts, Theater, and more. This quote about Dark Rhapsody says it all: "As much about art as music, Dark Rhapsody reveals the transformative power of both." 

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  • Background prior to becoming a thriller w...
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    Do you love Renaissance art? Then you won't want to miss my conversation with bestselling author Stephanie Storey about her two marvelous novels: Oil and Marble and Raphael, Painter in Rome, both listed in the Visual Arts category on Art In Fiction. Learn about Storey's love of the creative process and her fascination with Michelangelo, Raphael and da Vinci, listen to her read from Raphael, Painter in Rome, and get advice a...

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    Bestselling author Syrie James shares her love of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and the character of Mina Harker in Bram Stoker's Dracula, as she discusses her five novels listed in the Literature category on Art In Fiction. Learn about writing in Jane Austen's voice, the challenges faced by a female author in the 19th century, James's meticulous research methods, and her wise advice for both aspiring and published aut...

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    If you love comedy and comics, you won't want to miss my chat with Fred Van Lente, author of Ten Dead Comedians--a smart and funny take on Agatha Christie's classic mystery And Then There Were None. Fred talks about his love of comedy, shares writing advice, and reads from Ten Dead Comedians.

    Highlights of the interview:

  • Overview of Ten Dead Comedians
  • Types of comics chosen as characters
  • Inclusion of comedy "bits" in t...
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    Learn five tips to inspire your writing in this roundup post that also features six of the authors I've interviewed on the Art In Fiction Podcast. You'll hear wise advice from M. J. Rose, Vaseem Khan, Layne Fargo, Andrew Cartmel, Laura Morelli, and Martin Turnbull, along with plenty of encouragement.

    Highlights of the episode:

  • Introduction: why listening to advice from other authors helps you become a better writer
  • Tip #1: Acc...
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    Explore how author Patricia Sands celebrates the power of renewal and finding purpose in her compelling novel Drawing Lessons set in beautiful Provence. In my lively conversation with Patricia, we find much in common, both as authors and in our lives' journeys.

    Highlights of the interview:

  • Summary of Drawing Lessons
  • Arianna's journey and the role of dementia in Drawing Lessons
  • Theme of renewal and change 
  • Art and van Gogh  
  • Food ...
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    Learn about Old Master art created by women artists, indie publishing, researching, and more in my entertaining conversation with Amy Maroney, author of the compelling Miramonde Trilogy, a dual-time series about a female artist in 16th-century Spain and France.

    Highlights of the interview:

  • Inspiration for The Miramonde Trilogy
  • Developing the dual-time narrative
  • Research for The Miramonde Trilogy
  • The Cagots in Renaissance Spain
  • The wool t...
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    Join me for a lively chat with Andrew Cartmel, author of the hilarious Vinyl Detective series. Andrew talks about the joys and challenges of writing a series with recurring characters and shares his advice about writing. 

    Highlights of the interview:

  • Inspiration for the Vinyl Detective series
  • Developing the Vinyl Detective character
  • Music genre for each novel in the Vinyl Detective series
  • Use of recurring characters in the series: core ...
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    New York Times bestselling author M. J. Rose talks about her novels Cartier's Hope and Tiffany Blues, her writing process, and marketing advice every author needs to hear. The Washington Post describes M. J. Rose as "an unusually skillful storyteller. Her polished prose and intricate plot will grip even the most skeptical reader."

    Highlights of the interview:

  • Inspiration for Cartier's Hope and Tiffany Blues
  • Discussion ...
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    Meet Layne Fargo, author of Temper, a contemporary psychological thriller set in Chicago. Layne talks about theater, writing thrillers, Pitch Wars, and her own podcast Unlikable Female Characters. Layne's next novel They Never Learn will be published in September 2020. 

    Highlights of the interview:

  • Inspiration for Temper and the Chicago theater scene
  • Discussion of the abuse of power by men from a feminist perspective
  • Portrayal of t...
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    Meet Vaseem Khan, the author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series of crime novels set in Mumbai, India. Vaseem reads from Murder at the Grand Raj Palace and talks about writing, publishing, and marketing.

    Khan's next novel, due in August 2020, is the first in a new series. Called Midnight at Malabar House, the novel is set in 1950 in Bombay and introduces Inspector Persis Wadia, India's first female police detective. 

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    Do you love Hollywood? Meet Martin Turnbull, the author of eleven novels set during Hollywood's Golden Age. His latest novel is The Heart of the Lion, the fascinating story of famed Hollywood mogul Irving Thalberg. Martin talks about writing, indie publishing, and more.

    Martin is also the author of Chasing Salomé about legendary silent movie star Alla Nazimova and nine novels in the Garden of Allah series, set throughout the Gol...

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    Enjoy a fascinating discussion with Laura Morelli, bestselling author of novels set in Renaissance Italy. Her recent novel The Giant is a compelling tale about the creation of Michelangelo's David

    Highlights of the interview:

  • Inspiration for The Giant
  • The role setting plays in Morelli's novels
  • Morelli's background as an art historian
  • Discussion of The Gondola Maker and The Painter's Apprentice
  • Reading from The Giant
  • Laur...
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    Learn about the origins and mission of Art In Fiction--to showcase novels and authors inspired by the arts. Meet your host Carol Cram and discover her 10 favorite blog posts on Art In Fiction. www.artinfiction.com



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