Keys to Writing a Readable Book in Any Genre with Cecelia Tichi

Learn about non-fiction and mystery fiction in today’s episode with established author Cecelia Tichi. Don’t miss our chat about how to relate your writing to your target market and some snippets from her best-selling series, the “Val and Roddy DeVere Gilded Series.”


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Key Takeaways from This Episode

  • The correlation between non-fiction and mystery fiction
  • Challenges to writing mystery fiction books and series
  • How to efficiently incorporate history in your fiction book
  • The impact of literary theory in writing and reading
  • Why authors need to understand the real meaning of entertainment


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Cecelia Tichi

A native of Steel City, Pittsburgh, Cecelia Tichi is an award-winning author and faculty member at Vanderbilt University, where she is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and American Studies emerita. Her books span American literature and culture from colonial days to modern times, more recently focused on the 1870-1914 Gilded Age that prompted her book on Jack London and another on seven activists in that tumultuous era. Tichi’s What Would Mrs. Astor Do? A Complete Guide to the Manners and Mores of the Gilded Age (2018) segues to her new mystery series, the “Val and Roddy DeVere Gilded Series,” starting with A Gilded Death, together with Murder, Murder, Murder in Gilded Central Park, and A Fatal Gilded High Note—and this fall, A Deadly Gilded Free Fall. Cecelia is at work on a fifth historical mystery in the series, “A Gilded Drowning Pool.” She enjoys membership and posting in Facebook’s The Gilded Age Society. Cecelia’s books have been reviewed in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and elsewhere.

Tichi is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, a past president of the American Studies Association, and the Jay B. Hubbell Medal winner for lifetime achievement in American literature. She regularly talks at the American Studies Association annual meetings, colleges and universities, and book fairs. She has been interviewed on radio and television and has spoken to book clubs, church, and synagogue groups and audiences of well over one thousand persons. Listed in Who’s Who, she held the honorific Chair of Modern Culture at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in 2005-07 and, in 2012, was named the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library (San Marino, California).


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