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What Happens When An Unreliable Character Pops Into Your Head?

What Happens When An Unreliable Character Pops Into Your Head?

The short answer: you write his story. Here’s what happened to me. Last summer I was working on the first book in what would be a women’s fiction series at the request of my agent. You see, with the exception of one of my previous novels, my books were considered women’s fiction, even though some […]

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Jardine Libaire

Q&A with Jardine Libaire

Jardine Libaire’s searing second novel WHITE FUR (Hogarth, May 2017), a postmodern Romeo and Juliet is charged with grit, lust, sex, fury, temptation, and desperation. (More below. The interviewer is chomping at the bit to spill it all here, but let’s get to some questions for Jardine first.) Jardine also collaborated on the book GRAVITY […]

September 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ten Things I Learned as a New Author

Ten Things I Learned as a New Author

While long-published authors put my meager knowledge to shame, there are some important lessons I learned as a new author. Needless to say, getting attention for a novel with all the competition in the publishing world is a tough assignment. Here are the most important things I learned during the process of publishing first novel. […]

September 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dialogue – It’s Not A Conversation

Dialogue – It’s Not A Conversation

Dialogue charts a middle path between authenticity and art in writing. It reveals personality, and in this way it is closely linked to character. It advances the story, and in this way it is closely linked with plot. It adds a layer of verisimilitude, and in this way it is closely linked with setting. Excellent […]

September 22, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
On Writing: Barbara Sissel

On Writing: Barbara Sissel

My children were born in a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, but their first home was a state-issued, singlewide trailer on prison grounds some 70 miles east of Lexington in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. I was expecting my first son when I moved there with my then husband who had been promoted from prison […]

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
On Writing a Series – Practical Hints and Tips

On Writing a Series – Practical Hints and Tips

Everybody loves a series, especially readers – and publishers! – in the crime genre. I’m currently working on the fourth novel in my Lotte Meerman series and for those of you working on a series yourselves, I would like to share some practical tips from my personal experience. Tip 1: Readers will read your books […]

September 19, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Sounds: Bringing Back the Often-Forgotten Sense

Sounds: Bringing Back the Often-Forgotten Sense

Arguably, the most common advice to new writers may be “show, don’t tell,” and “use sensory details.” Most of us do well using the sense of sight—after all, we must describe what’s going on for the story to make sense. When we’re trying, we may add a taste a smell, but all too often, the […]

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Always Recycle

Always Recycle

“Always Recycle” The best piece of writing advice I ever got came from Bird by Bird by Annie Lamott. It had to do with accepting the idea of  “ shitty first drafts.” The second best piece of advice came from a professor whose teaching assistant I had been in English graduate school in the 1960s. […]

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing It Out

Writing It Out

Any writer will tell you that the main components of fiction are experience, observation and imagination. But sometimes, particularly when the impetus to write comes from powerful personal experience, experience that, it seems, must be honoured, imagination can have a hard time freeing itself from the shackles of ‘what was’. For me, the question that […]

September 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Possibilities are Limitless

The Possibilities are Limitless

Being an author to me is more than just getting published and hitting the bestseller list. For me, it is about reaching people through my stories, either fiction or non-fiction; knowing that somewhere, someone is touched by my words as they come to life and spark another’s imagination. The struggle for many authors to make […]

September 10, 2017 | By | Reply More