Writing a Mystery Novel

Writing a mystery is a lot like juggling chess pieces. I move characters and scenes around, positioning them so they advance the story and keep the reader engaged. Some scenes have more power than others and are meant to. Some scenes are pawns that play minor roles and others are royalty but all have to be placed carefully.

The purpose of this website is to explore the process of writing a mystery novel. I will share how ideas solve some problems and create others. I plan to discuss my decisions as they evolve and change and tell what obstacles I encounter along the way. You will hear some of the challenges and considerations that emerge when selecting dialog and behavior for individual characters. Also, I expect to discuss structural issues such as sequencing, pacing and managing multiple plot lines and characters.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions as we go along. And please check out my Author website: PaulBackalenick.com

– Paul


My Latest Book

My latest book is called Carrie’s Secret. It is a mystery about a young girl trapped in a mental hospital.

Learn more about Carrie’s Secret.


If you want to buy it…

Carrie’s Secret is available on Amazon and Kindle now.


My First Book

My first book, called Development, is also a mystery, but a family tale as well. You can read a few chapters of it at the link below.

Learn More about Development


If you want to buy it…

Development is available on Amazon (Kindle and paperback).