Guest Blogger: Charlotte Hunter – Looking for a Crime? Grave-Robbing

Looking for a crime? Grave-robbing by Charlotte Hunter For me, grave-robbing used to conjure thoughts of 18th-century resurrection men prowling moonlit cemeteries for fresh corpses to sell to medical schools. Then I began research for my current work-in-progress and, to my surprise, discovered grave robbery remains a thriving crime throughout the United States. Some of …

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Guest Blogger Linda Lovely – Giving a Villain a First-Person POV

Giving the Villain a First-Person POV by Linda Lovely If the villain in a novel is intelligent, resourceful, and relentless, the heroine needs the same attributes—in spades—to outwit her opponent. An evil versus good see-saw offers an excellent suspense-building tool. This is especially true if authors give readers a peek at what evil deeds the …

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Guest Blogger: Lynn Slaughter – Starting a Novel: One Writer’s Approach

Starting a Novel: One Writer’s Approach by Lynn Slaughter As both a writer and a voracious reader, I’m always fascinated learning about the writing process of different authors. There’s definitely no one size-fits all approach. So, my philosophy is to do whatever works! Here’s what tends to work for me. First off comes a glimmer …

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Guest Blogger: Judy Penz Sheluk – Paying it Forward

Moonlight & Misadventure - a new crime anthology edited by Judy Penz Sheluk featuring stories by authors including K.M. Rockwood, Joseph S. Walker, and John M. Floyd - is a testimonial of quality to Judy paying it forward.

Guest Blogger: DonnaRae Menard – The Character Bio

Years ago I wrote for the fun of writing. I worked third shift and left chapters hanging around the plant. Anonymously. It brought an expected lesson. People started leaving notes regarding the characters, did they work, have spouses, or red hair? There were also comments on conflicting information in different chapters. I wanted people to …

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Guest Blogger: Connie Berry – THE DOMESDAY BOOK: Don’t Worry, It’s Not the End of the World

One of the themes in my Kate Hamilton Mystery series is the effect of the hidden past on the present. What do we think we know? Is it true? What would happen if we learned the truth? In every book in the series, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton must unravel the tangled threads of history …

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Guest Blogger: Diane A.S. Stuckart – Living the Dream…Or Not

Living the Dream…Or Not by Diane A.S. Stuckart Running a bed and breakfast inn has been my dream business for a couple of decades, even before I wrote the first chapters of what would become my Georgia B&B mystery series. It was the late 1990s, and I didn’t much care for the daytime job anymore. …

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Guest Blogger: Sophy Smythe – Corruption in the Medical World

Guest blogger: Sophy Smythe – Corruption in the Medical World Sophy Smythe is my pen name. I am a Dutch doctor living in Antwerp, Belgium. After more than thirty years of medical practice, I reinvented myself and pursued my long-lived dream: writing fact-based mystery-thrillers about what I know best, the medical and pharmaceutical world. The …

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Guest Blogger: Maggie Toussaint – Staying in Character

Staying in Character by Maggie Toussaint When writing a series mystery, writers should strive for all their characters to “stay in character” throughout the series. A deviation in characterization is a red flag for editors and readers alike. Some writers use programs such as Scrivener to keep track of character traits. I must admit it …

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Guest Blogger: Lynn-Steven Johanson – The Cat in the …Book

The Cat in the…Book by Lynn-Steven Johanson I’m a cat lover as well as a dog lover. I live with dogs…and one cat. I should say, “my cat.” I admit to being owned by my cat, and he knows it. “Boris” is a Russian Blue, and he’s my best buddy. So, I guess it was …

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