The Importance of Light and Humor in Crime Fiction

The Importance of Light and Humor in Crime Fiction

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How does a writer pull a reader through the emotionally-ravaged realism of today’s gripping crime fiction, without losing that reader to the compounding distress and wearying battles a character is facing? With jokes (not really, but sort of!). In this OnDemand webinar, learn the importance of balancing weighty topics with an occasional light touch, and how to make sure your reader and material are respected in the process. Types of characters, different stylings of prose, and an examination of timing are explored in both classic and contemporary examples of crime fiction.


E.A. Aymar’s most recent thriller, The Unrepentant, was published in March of 2019 by Down and Out Books. His other thrillers include the novel-in-stories The Night of the Flood (in which he served as co-editor and contributor), as well as I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead and You’re As Good As Dead. Aymar’s column, “Decisions and Revisions,” appears monthly in the Washington Independent Review of Books, and he is also the Managing Editor of The Thrill Begins, ITW’s online resource for aspiring and debut thriller writers. In addition to ITW, he is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and SinC. Aymar also runs the Noir at the Bar series for Washington, D.C., and has hosted and spoken at a variety of crime fiction, writing, and publishing events nationwide. He was born in Panama and now lives and writes in the D.C./MD/VA triangle.

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