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Guest Blogger: Carolyn Mulford: How I Chose My Imaginary Best Friend

How I Chose My Imaginary Best Friend by Carolyn Mulford When I write my Show Me mysteries, I spend many more hours with my characters than with anyone else. I choose them carefully, for they have to entertain me through a series. Unlike some writers, I don’t write about people I know. I prefer creating …

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Guest Blogger: Dr. Shirley B. Garrett – What Makes Great Characters Outstanding

What Makes Great Characters Outstanding by Dr. Shirley B. Garrett   I’m a psychologist as well as a writer, so characterization is important to me in both the characters I write and the ones I enjoy reading. My personal goal as a writer is for the psychology of each character to be accurate and provide …

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Guest Blogger Susan Van Kirk – Making it Personal

Making It Personal by Susan Van Kirk Have you ever wondered whether books you read have names, places, or events that are personal to the author? It’s like thinking about songs you love and wondering how they came to be written or what they mean to the composer. My Endurance mysteries do have personal associations, …

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Guest Blogger Kathy Waller – Three Ways of Looking at Austin Mystery Writers or, Why I go to Critique Group

Three Ways of Looking at Austin Mystery Writers or, Why I Go to Critique Group by Kathy Waller #1   Yesterday Dominica felt faint, and Molly, my protagonist, steered her to a bench on the courthouse lawn and then dithered over what to do. She couldn’t leave Dominica there to topple off the bench, but asking …

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Guest Blogger: Rabbi Ilene Schneider – Writing A Mystery Series

Writing a Mystery Series by Rabbi Ilene Schneider I write a cozy mystery series. They feature an amateur sleuth, Rabbi Aviva Cohen. All the sex and gore are off the page. There is humor. There is a lot of back story. There is a happy ending. They differ from other cozies in that there are …

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Guest Blogger: T.K. Thorne – What the Heck is “Writing What you Know?”

What the Heck is “Writing What You Know”? by T.K. Thorne Write what you know. A well know axiom for writers. But is it really a rule? Is it good advice? What the heck does it mean? I can’t tell you how many times I have scratched my head thinking, okay, what do I know? …

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Guest Blogger T.C. Lotempio – Can a Cat be Inspirational? Oh yes, especially if his name is ROCCO…..

Can a Cat be Inspirational? Oh yes, especially if his name is ROCCO…. By T. C. Lotempio I have always been an animal lover, especially of cats. When my calico died a few years ago, I went to the Clifton Animal Shelter and adopted a handsome tuxedo cat named ROCCO. It soon became apparent that …

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Guest Blogger John Scherber – The Artist Turns Detective

The Artist Turns Detective by John Scherber A lot of people would like to paint, and I’m no exception.  In high school I had a close friend who painted, and I always wondered how well he did with it later in life. I took a run at it myself in those days and bombed badly. …

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Guest Blogger Debbie Herbert – Crystallizing Your Book Idea … for Paranormal or Any Genre

Crystallizing Your Book Idea . . . for Paranormal or Any Genre By Debbie Herbert I love paranormal romance because the possibility of magic tingles my creative drive and curiosity. The speculation that there might be something more to reality than can be perceived through our senses provides a natural “what if” environment writers need …

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