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Embrace the Conflict!

I saw an announcement recently for a class on how to write conflict into your stories. The description said something along the lines of how as writers, we often want to protect our characters from any type of conflict.Um. No, I don’t. Anyone who’s read my books knows that the last thing I want is for […]

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Some Fun Author Interviews

​Some of my favorite podcasts have recently done fun interviews with authors. Here are a few of my favorite episodes. Enjoy! Host Sarah Wendell of ​​Smart Podcast Trashy Books interviewed one of my top favorite authors, Nalini Singh. Playing Verbal Poker with Nalini Singh. ​Neil deGrasse Tyson had two great author interviews on his StarTalk Radio podcast […]

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The Flavors of Autumn

It was 97F when I left the office on Friday evening. Yet it’s the middle of September, so when I stopped by the store to pick up groceries, I saw that all of the autumn flavored items were in stock.  This photo shows my favorites.A cinnamon stick mini whisk broom. I love the scent of cinnamon […]

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Story Changes Are Hard!

​One of the weird things about writing fiction is how real the events in my stories feel to me. When I hit a snag in my story and realize that I have to change an event or a character’s personality, I sometimes feel reluctant. A part of me can’t let go because I remember the […]

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September Issue of The KierDevil News Is Out!

The ​September edition of my KierDevils newsletter went out on Thursday, ​September 5th. It includes ​Fun Facts about WAR: Intrusion, the second book in my WAR series. If you’re a subscriber and don’t see it in your Inbox, please check your Spam or Junk folder. For Gmail users, it might also be on your Promotions tab. If […]

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Science and Pop Fiction

​Over this long Labor Day weekend, I’ve been listening to older episodes of StarTalk Radio hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. I particularly enjoyed the two-part Cosmic Queries – Science in Pop Fiction. Ever wonder whether it’s possible to develop stealth technology that will make us invisible like the Invisible Man? What type of solar system […]

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Rediscovering Silence

I’ve recently developed a renewed appreciation for silence. During the week, I work in an office with an open floor plan. It’s rarely quiet. Even when no one is talking, we have music playing. When I’m home, I usually play either a podcast or music. I listen to podcasts while driving. But since starting this job back […]

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A World War II Scientific Thriller

In last week’s blog post, I mentioned several of the podcasts I listen to mainly for pleasure, including Science Friday. In one of life’s cool twists of fate, a couple of days after that post, I listened to a back episode of Science Friday. One of the segments was an interview with Sam Kean, the […]

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My Favorite Non-Writing Podcasts

I listen to a lot of writing and publishing related podcasts, many of which are listed on my resources for writers page. But sometimes I want to listen to something different.  Here are the non-writing and non-business podcasts I listen to the most: Science Friday – My go-to podcast for when I’m driving. Sometimes the science […]

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Characters Do the Darnedest Things

The other night I was writing a chase scene for my latest book. The hero had stolen a box from the bad guys and was running away from them on foot. ​I’d planned to have an exciting chase through the streets, with the heroine joining ​in at some point.  I was writing this just before bed and […]

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