author David Heska Wanbli Weiden in an Native American shirtOur thanks to acclaimed novelist David Heska Wanbli Weiden, author of the best-selling novel, Winter Counts.

The multiple award winner, including the Anthony Award for Best First Novel and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Weiden tells Eli Cranor on

“There’s just no getting away from it—I’m addicted to research and preparation. So, I start with a broad outline of where I think the story might go. I also create a Save the Cat! beat sheet. I then create background notes for all my main characters, their back stories, goals and desires, even their taste in music. Then I do some free association work to try and discover new and surprising things about my characters.”

Read Weiden’s entire interview on CrimeReads.

the front cover of the novel Winter Counts

And check out the book on Amazon.

Thanks again to another acclaimed writer for a Save the Cat! success story!