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The Real Story Behind the Novel…

It’s interesting how we can see things more clearly when we look back at events, how it shapes the present and even the future.  Here’s the real story behind my recent thriller novel Silent Partner.  Sometime during 2002, I had … Continue reading

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Police Ride-Alongs Jump Started My Research for Writing Crime Fiction

One of the most exciting and rewarding experiences that I’ve had as a crime fiction writer was the opportunity to participate in a police ride-along.  I have observed patrol, K9, and detective investigative duties for various police agencies throughout the … Continue reading

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Outlining Characters and Summary For a New Novel Project

As a writer, author, and criminologist, I find that I wear a variety of hats throughout my working day.  Writing, editing, promotion, researcher, and expert are just to name a few.  One of my favorite hats is when I’m beginning … Continue reading

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Basic Novel Outline Guidelines

Two of the most popular questions about writing novels I hear… How long does it take to write a novel and do you outline?  Both are great questions, but answers vary from writer to writer.  An average timeframe for writing … Continue reading

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