Taste of Temptation

taste of temptationI’m happy to tell you that my new collection of short crime stories called, Taste of Temptation has been published!  It’s available in ebook form on most ebook sites and the print version should be out in about a week.  Taste of Temptation has four short stories and also introduces the first four chapters of my new full-length book, The Inca Code.  I hope that book will be published by the end of the year.

This is my first collection of short stories to be published.  (I’ve had stories published here and there in other anthologies)  So, it’s exciting andTaste of Temptation satisfying for me..  Writing a short story is much different than writing a novel.  The plot and character development move much faster.  Instead of 300+ pages, a short story gives the writer only 10-15 pages.  Yet, all the structure and “steps” that are part of a novel must be included in the short story.

The experience of writing Taste of Temptation made me a better writer.  Many people assume that writing a short story is easier than writing a novel because the short story is, well, shorter.  But in many ways, it’ harder.  A short story requires that everything get boiled-down into only the most essential parts.  Every word must count.  That forced me to be a better writer—even if a short story is shorter.

As my friend and writer, Libby Fisher Hellman, has said:  “Writing a novel is like a marriage while writing a short story is like an affair—fun but short!”

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About Colin Nelson

Colin T. Nelson worked for 40 years as a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer in Minneapolis. He tried everything from speeding tickets to first degree murder. His writing about the courtroom and the legal system give the reader a "back door" view of what goes on, what's funny, and what's a good story. He has also traveled extensively and includes those locations in his mysteries. Some are set in Southeast Asia, Ecuador,Peru, and South Africa. Readers get a suspenseful tale while learning about new places on the planet. Colin is married, has two adult children, and plays the saxophone in various bands.

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