Authors have to take a stab at evolution when writing

People who read series enjoy seeing the characters evolve, grow into something, make improvements, suffer setbacks and more. Many of us evolve in real life—not all, but many—so it makes sense that our favorite fictional characters do the same. I just finished the first draft of A Murder Shatters Peaceful Valley, and in taking a …

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Writing doesn’t always leave time for reading

Writing leaves little time for reading. It would seem like writers would spend their non-writing time reading. However, the stack of unread books on top of my bookcase tell a different story. I will occasionally see a book on the websites I frequent or the bookstores I visit and buy it, telling myself I can’t …

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Inspiration can strike with an open palm or a pair of brass knuckles

Inspiration strikes you at the strangest times. Many times, it’ll be when you’re ill-prepared to follow the story down the garden path. I’ve had many occasions where the roadmap for my story suddenly became crystal clear, but by the time I could get to my computer to start typing, the illuminate links in my story …

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Thrill of book publishing remains, whether it’s the first or the 14th

It’s the end of a journey. I’m breathing a sigh of relief. There’s no more work to be done. It’s time to let it stand on its own two feet. Wait a minute. Books don’t have feet. Today is a big day as Creampuff of the County debuts for readers. It is the culmination of …

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All’s fair in creampuffs and murder

Who has fond memories of going to the county fair? Who remembers riding the rides on the midway, gorging themselves on every fried food imaginable from flashy food wagons? Who remembers oohing and aahing over the assortment of animal entries—big pigs, friendly cows and those cute little bunnies in the cages. I’m really sorry, but …

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