Plot, Place, or People -- Which matters most in fiction?

with Patricia Skalka

Sunday, April 30, 2017

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Brown County Library - Downtown (Board Room - Second Floor), 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI 54301

Which comes first, which is more important – plot, place, or people? Or does it matter? Each of Patricia Skalka's three mysteries began with a different source of inspiration. The first book, "Death Stalks Door County," grew from the setting (place); the second, "Death at Gills Rock," from the characters (people); and the third, "Death in Cold Water," from the idea or story concept (plot). In this craft talk, Skalka will trace the development of each novel from its starting point and, using these as examples, show how she gradually broadened the scope of the stories until they combined all three critical elements into the completed narratives. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to 18 participants.


Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka

Author, Death in Cold Water

Patricia Skalka is the author of Death in Cold Water, winner of this year’s Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. The book is the third volume in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series, which also includes Death Stalks Door County and Death at Gills Rock. She is currently working on book four. Skalka turned to fiction following a successful nonfiction career as a Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, freelancer, ghost writer, writing instructor and book reviewer.