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Paul Marks


Date: December 15, 2018

Title:"How to Write Short Stories Using Screenwriting Techniques"

Paul D. Marks is the author of the Shamus Award-Winning noir mystery-thriller White Heat, set during the Rodney King “riots” and its sequel Broken Windows, mystery-thrillers that take place in the 1990s, though the issues they deal with, racism and immigration, respectively, are still things firing up the news today. Publishers Weekly calls White Heat a “taut crime yarn.” Broken Windows, deals with the contentious immigration issue. Publisher’s Weekly says: “Fans of downbeat PI fiction will be satisfied…with Shamus Award winner Marks’s solid sequel to 2012’s White Heat.”

Asked about his new novel, Marks said, “Broken Windows holds up a prism from which we can view the events burning up today’s headlines, like the passionate immigration debate, through the lens of the recent past. It all comes down to the saying we know so well, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’.”

His short story Windward, has been selected for the Best American Mystery Stories of 2018, edited by Louise Penny & Otto Penzler, and has also been nominated for both a 2018 Shamus Award and Macavity Award for Best Short Story. Ghosts of Bunker Hill was voted #1 in the 2016 Ellery Queen Readers Poll. He is co-editor of the multi-award nominated anthology Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea. His story Howling at the Moon (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) was short-listed for both the 2015 Anthony and Macavity Awards for Best Short Story, and came in #7 in Ellery Queen’s Reader’s Poll Award.

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