Taking Advantage of Inspiration

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As a writer, I have learned that inspiration, the thing that spurs creativity, is not something you can lay your hands on at will. Rather, inspiration sneaks up on you like a pickpocket. But instead of pinching your wallet, it … Read More

A Second Chance…

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How important is a book cover? This question can be debated to some extent, but the truth is the cover is critical to a book’s success. The reason for bringing up this subject has to do with finally taking the … Read More

The “Independent” Spirit

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I would hazard a guess that nearly all writers who are pleased with their work hanker for it to be published. This is only natural, as writing and publishing are the two halves of book production, which in turn puts … Read More

The E-Reader’s Best Friend

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As I’ve battled my way through the challenges of being an independent writer, I’ve had some wonderful experiences that have made the effort so worthwhile. Connecting with readers is at the top of the list; nothing I’ve come across is … Read More

The Happy Accidents

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It’s been my experience as I’ve embarked on the Madeline Dawkins series that more concentration on plot is required when crafting a mystery. While writing general fiction, all I needed to certify my leap into a new novel was some … Read More

Anatomy of a Mystery

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It was never my intention to delve into the mystery/suspense genre, or write a series for that matter. But now I’ve taken this path, I’m truly loving all the opportunities and challenges that come with the territory. Every aspect of … Read More

The Community of Reading

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Though the act of reading a book is mostly a private pursuit, many of us feel the desire to share that personal experience with others. I suppose in that respect, reading is no different than most other pastimes: we like … Read More

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