Concocting My Novel

A while ago, I wrote about creating characters people can relate to. Good guys aren’t all good, and bad guys aren’t all bad. I don’t know about other writers, but those who know me well will recognize that my protagonist, Lou Skalney, loves coffee as much as I do....

The Plot’s the Thing

  There are many things I love about writing books. Plotting is not one of them. The Divine Meddler began with a question born out of my near brush with jury duty for a capital murder case. What if, instead of capital punishment or a life sentence in prison,  a...

Plotting

Although writing styles and reading interests change, authors still must have an engaging yarn to spin. Otherwise, no one will read beyond the first chapter, or even the first paragraph. To quote Jerry Jenkins, author of 200 books and counting, “grab the reader by the...

What is Your Genre – Part II

This week, I introduce Pat Embury, a cozy mystery writer (among other talents). I asked her to share why this genre attracts her. Here is what she had to say. Pat Embury I generally write cozy mysteries, although I am branching out into some sci-fi and fantasy, as...

Read a Good Book Lately?

  I once listed every book title I read over a year, and placed them under Fiction or Non-fiction headings. If you had asked me, I would have guessed I read more fiction than non-fiction, but actually it was about 50/50. I’m curious about your reading...