Category Archives for "Writing"

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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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Choosing the Right Font

I’m in the process of re-formatting my books for print. I’m using a different software and unfortunately, it doesn’t allow me to import the font that I licensed for my current print books. So I’m trying to decide which of the fonts offered by this software will best suit my books. I want the font […]

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Like Books? Like to Travel?

If you like books, like to travel, and would be interested in hearing authors talk about the places that have inspired their writing, then you might want to check out the Books and Travel website. There are articles about interesting places, as well as a podcast so you can listen to authors talk about the places […]

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The Writing Cave

Writers like to talk about writing in a cave. But until recently, that was only a metaphor for me. Lately, though, I’ve found that my creativity flows better if I pull the shades tight and keep the lights off. Then I open my manuscript in Scrivener’s composition mode. This way I only see my text document […]

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Why West Africa?

I sometimes get asked why I set my current series, WAR, in West Africa. Back in 2014 I wrote a blog post about this for Cynthia Woolf’s blog. I have a link to a PDF version of this post on the WAR series page, but I’ve pasted the full text below. One of the ironies of […]

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All Romance eBooks Closing

I’m very sad to hear that All Romance eBooks is closing as of December 31, 2016. If you’ve purchased any of my books from their site but haven’t downloaded them yet, you need to download them before December 31st.

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Ballet is storytelling, too

When you think of a storyteller, do you imagine a person sitting at a campfire speaking to an enthralled group? Or a writer putting words on the page? Have you ever thought about ballet as a form of storytelling? If not, then I encourage you to watch this YouTube video. It’s a broadcast of a rehearsal […]

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I Am Not an Architect

In the course of writing a book I often need to put myself into the heads of my characters. No surprise there. What continues to surprise me is how often I need to think like a landscape designer, architect, or interior designer in order to make certain that my characters have the environmental support (or […]

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Dining Table Plotting

Once again I’m using my whiteboard to plot out the action. Unfortunately, this takes up nearly my entire dining table! I’m getting very good at moving the whiteboard from the table to the floor without spilling too many of the figures. 😉

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