Craft and Non-Fiction

Craft and Non-Fiction

Kelli’s published work on craft and essays on fiction:
mystery plotting to an appreciation of Agatha Christie



A spectacular resource for mystery fans and an instant classic, BOOKS TO DIE FOR: THE WORLD’S GREATEST MYSTERY WRITERS ON THE WORLD’S GREATEST MYSTERY NOVELS was edited by writing greats John Connolly and Declan Burke, and contains fascinating ruminations on key works and authors who have influenced generations of writers worldwide. Kelli writes about MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, and how Agatha Christie is a strong (and somewhat surprising) influence on her work. BOOKS TO DIE FOR was short-listed for an Edgar Award, and won the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards for best non-fiction mystery-related work.


Now Write Mysteries 3D The NOW WRITE! series is a justifiably bestselling “how-to” guide on various genres of writing. Kelli contributed an essay on creating strong women characters (“She Can Bring Home the Bacon”) for NOW WRITE! MYSTERIES: SUSPENSE, CRIME, THRILLER AND OTHER MYSTERY FICTION EXERCISES FROM TODAY’S BEST WRITERS AND TEACHERS.



MAKING STORY: TWENTY-ONE WRITERS ON HOW THEY PLOT is a brainchild of critically-acclaimed writer Timothy Hallinan. The first part of an ongoing series of e-book craft books, MAKING STORY brings together multiple perspectives from many bestselling and award-winning writer on how they successfully transmute ideas into suspenseful and engaging plots.



Kelli wrote a thesis on Euripides’ Bacchae, a good many papers and a few journal articles while she was earning her Master’s Degree in Classics. Perhaps the most influential was “‘Suffering Sappho!’: Wonder Woman and the (Re)Invention of the Feminine Ideal.” Helios 32.2 (2005): 143-171. Anyone interested in how popular culture–particularly comic books–influences and is influenced by social and cultural change may find it interesting.