Updates on the Emilia Cruz series and other mysteries from Carmen Amato.

When the News Writes Mystery Novels for You

I can look at the problem in one of two ways: either the news gives me great ideas for my mystery novels or all the good stuff has already been written as fact, not fiction. As the author of a mystery series set in Acapulco, I often run across plot ideas in the news...

What if your dream job depended on this man?

If you only had one chance at your dream job, what if it hinged on this man’s help? In MADE IN ACAPULCO, the collection of short stories that traces Emilia’s Cruz’s path from beat cop to seasoned detective, no one wants Emilia to become Acapulco’s first female...

Huffington Post Premieres Emilia Cruz Short Story

This week the very first Emilia Cruz story, "The Beast," was published by Huffington Post, in the website's Huff/Post 50 showcase of female fiction writers. Acapulco beat cop Emilia Cruz wants to become a detective. But will they break her before she gets to the...

A Thriller Cover Design in 5 Time-consuming Steps

This book cover design story starts about two years ago when I was eating dinner with Sherry, the genius of all things PR, in a swanky Italian restaurant.  Red wine, tortellini, and a laptop with a gallery of 4 proposed cover designs for THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO...

The Girl on the Cutting Room Floor

Book editing is a ruthless business. How much of a book gets rewritten when an author comes back to an old manuscript? In the book editing case of HAT DANCE, the second Emilia Cruz novel coming 30 July, it looks like about 50% of what I wrote 18 months ago will hit...

3 Latinas Who Inspired Fiction’s Newest Crimefighter

Police detective Emilia Cruz is the main character in CLIFF DIVER, the first novel in my new mystery series set in Acapulco. She’s the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, a strong Latina woman who knows the value of family, how to fight for what she...

A Little Taste of CLIFF DIVER

Just to whet your imagination here's a snippet of CLIFF DIVER, the first Emilia Cruz novel . . . The diver stretched to his full extension then pushed off. His back arched and his arms stretched wide and he looked like a crucifix as he sailed over the rocks. His arms...

Finding my Audience

Who do I write for? This was a simple question posed to me a couple of months before The Hidden Light of Mexico City was released and it was simple to answer. Me. Well, not just a readership of one! But when I started writing, it was for myself and all my girlfriends...


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I'm author Carmen Amato. I write mystery and suspense, including the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco. Expect risk, power, corruption. And relationships with heat.  More

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