My name is Robert K. Blechman and I am a Twitter novelist. I have written a fast, funny murder mystery entirely in Twitter, that is 140 characters at a time, that has been published in book form under the title “Executive Severance.”
Starting on May 6, 2009, I conducted a literary experiment: Was it possible to maintain a narrative structure and attract a reading public in Twitter, 140 characters at a time? Posting a new Executive Severance “tweet” twice a day, every day, never missing a deadline, I completed my “twitstery” or twitter mystery in 15 months. The 140 character limit of Twitter required intensive wordsmithing, creative editing, the omission of punctuation in some cases and a lot of counting. To succeed I adopted the narrative strategies of newspaper comic strip cartoonists like Al Capp (creator of L’il Abner) and Chester Gould (creator of Dick Tracy) as well as the mystery composing examples Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker.
Midway through my creative efforts I was approached by NeoPoiesis Press, asking to bring my Twitter postings together in book form. We added fantastic illustrations by reknown artist David Arshawsky and released the completed “Executive Severance” as the beginning of this year. Sales so far have been very encouraging.
I continue to tweet at RKBs_Twitstery and I maintain an Executive Severance companion blog “Whale Fire” at www.executiveseverance.blogspot.com. I am hard at work on a follow-up novel to Executive Severance.