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When Words Collide 2023
Thrilled with the response my presentations received!

“… some of the most instantly applicable nuts-and-bolts instructions I’ve received in a long time … ” – Rick Overwater author of Futility, nominated for Best Graphic Novel by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association!

“One of my fave sessions was How to Diagram a Mystery Plot. It was fun and engaging, and really simplified the whole process! Btw Juanita Violini kicking ass!” Michelle Konde, author of The Order Trilogy, spy thrillers and supernatural thrillers.

13 Comments

  1. Jan Darch

    Wow, what a cool site! Juanita was so quick to respond to my inquiries and we even had a great chat about what I was trying to do and she gave me some great ideas! I love her passion for having fun with kids and helping others to do the same. Thinking through these mysteries can be hard, but her resources here can sure help a lot. Thanks again Juanita!

    • Thank you so much for your comment Jan! I’m glad to be able to help and love that you are sharing the fun with kids.

  2. Juanita, I really enjoyed your sessions at When Words Collide and have been studying the plot charts in your book. You’ve given me a better understanding of means/motive/opportunity and how to create and manipulate clues, which I had been very tentative about – so thank you! I feel energized and ready to dive back into plotting my mystery novel.

  3. As a UFO investigator and TV personality featured on networks like GAIA, 4Biddenknowledge.Tv, Discovery+, FoxTubi, Amazon Video, and History Channel’s Ancient Aliens, I have had the pleasure of working with many talented writers. However, when it came to creating content for my YouTube channel, I faced a new challenge. Thankfully, I found Juanita’s website, which turned out to be an invaluable resource.

    Juanita’s website provided me with detailed techniques and insights that I had been searching for. I spent hours reading through the entire website, gaining invaluable knowledge and insights. The information presented broke things down in great detail, exactly what I needed. Afterward, I couldn’t contain my excitement and reached out to Juanita, the creator of the website, to purchase her book “CLUE TRAILS.”

    To my delight, our scheduled call turned into an almost two-hour journey of plot learning, brainstorming, and shared passion for unexplained mysteries. Juanita’s expertise and kindness were exceptional, and I couldn’t help but wonder how she possessed such extensive knowledge and was so genuinely helpful. Her support meant the world to me, and I am thrilled to continue working with her, even scheduling consultant services for the future.

    In conclusion, Juanita’s website has been a game-changer for me in creating compelling online content. If you are searching for a resource that breaks things down in great detail and provides invaluable guidance, I highly recommend exploring Juanita’s website and purchasing her book “CLUE TRAILS.” Thank you, Juanita, for your expertise and unwavering support!

  4. Shereen Robinson

    I would like to say what a great resource Juantia has been in helping me to understand what goes on behind the scenes of a mystery script business. I contacted her and she immediately responded and has been generous and more than willing to be of service. She has a lot of expertise and knowledge which is evident not only from her website, but from her communications and insightful questions. I am thankful I found her and reached out to her.
    I believe her to be honest and forthcoming and it’s evident she wants the best for those who consult with her. She provides such a valuable service which I don’t see offered anyplace else…..finding her was like finding a hidden gem.

  5. For anyone who wants to start writing mysteries or improve their plot skills, I highly recommend Juanita’s workshops, “Clue Trail” handbook, and plot consultation services.

    I’ve hired Juanita to help me plot my last two mystery novels, and I can’t imagine writing any future mystery novels without her input. Her questions, insights and suggestions made my rough plots SO much more interesting!

    I’ve also participated in one of Juanita’s “how to create a mystery plot” workshops and it revolutionized how I create my mystery novels. Her hard copy handbook for how to plot mysteries is my #1 resource when starting a new novel.

  6. Mark Cornfield

    Hello

    I wanted to keep you informed that we did our 2nd sold out murder mystery last week. Of course my cast was so much more relaxed and mingled with the audience a lot more. One of my actors told me that morning that he was too sick to perform and so we had about 45 min before show to figure out how to cut his story line. It still left us with 4 suspects and afterwards, I liked it much better with the 4 suspects.

    I am writing a new one for April as we are starting to get return audience members. I was thinking a HS or College reunion, of course held at the winery. Maybe a family reunion? What are your thoughts. Do you think that any of those themes will work?

    We would not be having this success if it wasn’t for you. Anything I can do to promote your book or you, please let me know!!

    Mark

    • Hi Mark. That’s fabulous to hear!

      The themes of a HS or College reunion is a great start and provides an excellent opportunity for simmering rivalries, grudges and resentment. These are all wonderful murder mystery fodder, which can make for some hilarious and revealing dialogue.

      To crank the tension up a notch, I would also add some kind of imperative to the plot. You can do this by adding an urgency to the town or school associated with the reunion. Maybe there was a secret student society that swore they would do something drastic at this year’s school reunion. Maybe the ‘garage band’ that played at all the school functions years ago, and are scheduled to play tonight, are being held hostage by a rival school reunion, in exchange for a football trophy. One of the band members escapes and makes it to the reunion only to drop dead on arrival. Maybe the school reunion is being picketed by some well-meaning by out-of-touch-with-reality group and one of them dies. Maybe there was a tragic car crash or hiking accident or explosion, related to the grads, in the past on their initial graduation day, and one of them is going to do a big reveal at the reunion.
      In short, build bigger disension into the plot. This reunion is extra special because …

      Thanks again for your kind words. Juanita

  7. Teresa Pierce

    My historic site hired Ms. Juanita as a consultant and could not have been more pleased. We needed help crafting the plot and characters of an interactive mystery program, and she delivered. She listened to our ideas and walked us through the drafting of a mystery. We only wanted a 3-hour of consultation on planning/crafting the plot, as our staff intends to write out the physical scripts for our actors, but I know if we had asked her to step us through that part of the process she would have been amazing as well. She helped us understand physical and verbal cues, ways to tie in dialogue to interconnect our characters, and how to avoid pitfalls of common mystery novices. I’ve seen examples of her other work as well, and her ability to help you design clues if so desired is pretty impressive. Affordable and professional services all around.

    We would certainly use her services again in a heartbeat.

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