Tag Archives: writing a novel

Writing and the Winter Olympics

Have you been watching any of the Winter Olympics in Sochi? I love how every four years we all become experts on curling and the biathlon and the luge as we analyze every athlete on our television screens. The spectacle … Continue reading

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Resolutions for Readers and Writers

The end of the year has come upon us once again. If you are like me you probably are saying to yourself, “Wow, this year went by really fast!” You said this last year as well, of course, but this … Continue reading

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Think Like a Crime Scene Detective

There is a big division in the aptly labeled type of writer called plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a novel.  I make no bones about it, I’m a plotter.  Yep, I admit it.  I outline my stories, … Continue reading

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The Story Begins…

The EMILY STONE SERIES wasn’t something that I initially planned in the beginning – at least not consciously anyway.  In fact, I was planning on some spinoff stories with some of the other characters.  I guess it’s safe to say … Continue reading

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Choose Your Words Carefully

When you’re writing about a special moment in a novel, such as a harrowing escape or a tender love scene, do you write whatever moods strikes you or do you choose your words carefully?  In other words, do you wrangler … Continue reading

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Taking a Lighter Approach at Everyday Life

One of the most common questions I receive is about how I balance my work and everyday life with such dark and disturbing things.  I immerse my days with crime scenes, graphic photographs depicting violent crimes, and I write about … Continue reading

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Psychological Aspects of Arson Investigations

I love research!  I like to find special tidbits of information that will add to a story.  I won’t bore you with a ton of details, but I’d like to share some interesting research snippets.  You can check out the … Continue reading

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