Heather Hansen O’Neill Discusses Mystery with Hy Conrad (From Fear to Fire 4/25/23)

April 25, 2023
This week’s theme: Mystery

For generations, mystery books and stories have captivated readers. They are stories that keep readers guessing until the very end as they piece together a succession of clues to solve a crime or expose a hidden reality.

Mystery stories have developed throughout time, from classic detective books to modern-day thrillers, but their essential ingredients stay the same. A mystery narrative usually revolves around an unsolved murder or scenario, an investigator attempting to solve it, and a series of clues that must be pieced together in order to discover the truth.

From Fear to Fire: Secrets to Overcome Fear, Embrace your Gifts and Achieve Success

This is the place where real people share real challenges. Where you can find a common bond and uncommon wisdom through their stories. Use tips from the breakthroughs of others to jump start your success. Speaker, author, adventurer, and host Heather Hansen O’Neill takes you on the journey from fear to fire. Today we talk about writing mystery novels and working tips from our guest author.

Hy Conrad

HY CONRAD has made a career out of murder, earning the 2022 Independent Press Award for Best Mystery (“The Fixer’s Daughter”), 2021. 2022 NYC Big Book Awards for Best Mystery (“The Fixer’s Daughter,” “Sins of the Family”). A Scribe Award for Best Novel (“Mr. Monk Helps Himself”). Garnering three Edgar nominations from the Mystery Writers of America.

Along the way, he developed a horde of popular games and interactive films, hundreds of short stories and a dozen books of solvable mysteries, published in over 15 languages. Hy is best known for his eight seasons as writer/co-executive producer for the ground-breaking TV series, “Monk.” Other shows include “White Collar” and “The Good Cop.”

As a novelist, Hy authored the final four books in the “Monk” series, the Amy Travel Mysteries (“Toured to Death,” “Dearly Departed” and “Death on the Patagonian Express”) and the Callie McFee Mysteries (“The Fixer’s Daughter,” a Barnes & Noble bestseller and “Sins of the Family”).

In the world of theatre, his produced works consist of “Home Exchange” (a mystery), “Ta-Dah!” (a musical), and “Quarantine for Two” (a socially-distanced dark comedy about the pandemic).

Hy is currently writing a series of movies for the Hallmark Channel based on his Amy Travel Mysteries book series. The first of which will be aired in early 2024.

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The eBook version of Hy’s latest two mystery novels (“The Fixer’s Daughter” and “Sins of the Family”) are available on Amazon for $2.99

Quote of the Day:

“The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.” ~Frank Herbert