Series Fiction: What I wish I’d known at the start

I'm in the final stretch of writing the fourth book in my Lexy Cooper mystery series. Now, I'm certainly nowhere near as prolific as many writers, but by the time you get to Book 4, you've built up a pretty substantial cast of characters, a history, and a world. Here are some of the things... Continue Reading →

Hiatus Experiment Day 1 – Research, names, and outlining

Can I write a cheesy romance novel in two weeks? Here's what happened on Day One: In order to write a romance novel, some research is in order. So I read a Nora Roberts book: The Return of Rafe MacKade. Nora Roberts, if you don't know, is a zillion-selling romance author. She's written over 200... Continue Reading →

Playing with fire: Naming characters after real people

I'm not talking about using real people in fiction. We all do it, but we are at least smart enough to change the names and details enough to avoid lawsuits. I talked a bit about that in this post on character names. I'm talking about using real people's real names for fictional characters. Let me... Continue Reading →

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