Award-winning Lori Rader-Day on handwriting analysis and soundtracking your book



I first saw Lori Rader-Day on a panel at the 2016 Bouchercon "Thunderdome" panel, a game show format where she was eliminated in the first round and then came back to win it all. I only wish I had the winning jersey to commemorate it.

She is also the award-winning author of three novels, including her latest, The Day I Died, which tells the story of a handwriting analyst who gets involved in a crime that could affect the safety of her son.

We talked about the art of handwriting analysis, and for those who are interested in finding out what your writing says about you, she recommends reading Sex, Lies & Handwriting.

In addition, we discussed some of the experiences she's had in writing communities, both in her home city of Chicago and elsewhere. This year, she is launching a new crime writing event called Murder and Mayhem in Chicago, scheduled for this week on March 11. Show up and mingle with Lori and other crime writers.

We also talk about making playlists for your book, or at least the ones Lori created for all three books. When you curl up with your next Lori Rader-Day book, think about putting some of these on in the background:

Blood in the Cut, K.Flay

Sail, Awolnation

Lucky Now, Ryan Adams

White Blank Page, Mumford and Sons


Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the 2015 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, won the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and was a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Little Pretty Things was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews and one of the top 10 crime novels of the year by Booklist. Her third novel, The Day I Died, will be released by Harper Collins William Morrow on April 11, 2017. She lives in Chicago.

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