Mark Ellis – Crime author discusses pantsing through the first draft

Mark Ellis started work as a lawyer, then ran his own business, and is now 5 books into his own crime series. It’s all about Detective Frank Merlin, who investigates crimes during World War 2, a time in which committing crimes was relatively easy.

His new book is ‘Dead in the Water’, which looks at how a mangled body found in the Thames and a missing piece of art are connected. We talk about how much he plans long-term for his characters, why he overwrites his first draft and how he goes about cutting it down. You can hear how he gets ideas for Frank’s adventures, and why sometimes it’s easier to let the characters take care of things themselves.

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