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Writing Mystery Stories

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by Tristan Bancks
Hi! This is my last post on the Summer Reading Club blog for the holidays and I wanted to share some final tips on writing the best mystery stories. There’s also a challenge that involves lots of reading and movie-watching. Every genre (comedy, thriller, romance, action, horror and so on) has ‘conventions’ or ways of [...]

Mystery Music

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by Tristan Bancks
Sometimes you can solve a mystery by listening. Have you ever started writing a story and become stuck half way through? This happens to writers all the time. When I’m totally stuck on a story and I have lots of clues but no answers, I listen to music and the mystery starts to unravel itself. [...]

Into the Wild

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by Tristan Bancks
  Imagine you’re lost in bushland  far from home. The police helicopter has flown over and not seen you and now night is drawing in. How would you survive? Mystery stories often rely on placing the main character in an unfamiliar situation. Being lost is a great challenge for a character. What lurks in the darkness? How [...]

Cabin in the Woods

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by Tristan Bancks
In my crime-mystery novel Two Wolves Ben and Olive Silver are taken up to their grandfather’s cabin for what their parents tell them is a ‘holiday’. But it doesn’t feel like a holiday and Ben and Olive are suspicious that their parents have done something wrong. Two Wolves took me four years to write and, during that time, [...]

Breaking News #1: Two Wolves Mystery

Posted on: December 4th, 2013 by Tristan Bancks
Hi! I’m Tristan Bancks. I write books for kids and teens and, this summer, I am going to use pictures, video, music, voice recordings, maps and challenges to lead you into the mystery of my new book Two Wolves (out March 2014) and hopefully inspire you to do some writing and investigation of your own. Get involved by posting [...]

Tristan Bancks – Introduction

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by nirvikar
Tristan loves telling fast-moving stories for young people and inspiring others to create. Follow Tristan’s Writer’s Blog – Breaking News over the next 6 weeks! Can you piece together the clues to solve the mystery of wannabe Ben Silver, the protagonist of Tristan’s newest book Two Wolves, coming the 1st March? This summer develop your [...]