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Guest Blogger: Leslie Karst – It’s All About How You Tell the Story

It’s All About How You Tell the Story by Leslie Karst Like Debra—the host of this fabulous blog—my career before becoming a mystery author was in the legal profession. I spent twenty years as a civil attorney specializing in research and appellate work, which was basically akin to writing a term paper every day of …

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Guest Blogger: Judy Penz Sheluk – Instructing a Creative Writing Workshop

Instructing a Creative Writing Workshop by Judy Penz Sheluk I was recently approached to instruct a one-day Creative Writing Workshop at my town’s Arts Council. Now, for three years, I was a Creative Writing tutor for an online writing school, so I did have some experience, but the school provided the content. My role was …

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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: Maggie Toussaint – The Evolution of a Bad Guy

The Evolution of a Bad Guy By Maggie Toussaint When I began plotting my second paranormal mystery, Bubba Done It, I knew one thing for sure. All the suspects had the nickname of Bubba. Other than that, I didn’t have a clue. Before I could cast men in the suspect roles, I considered my setting …

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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 Teresa Inge – Why Research is the Extra Element in Writing

Why Research is the Extra Element in Writing by Teresa Inge I grew up in North Carolina reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Combining my love of reading mysteries and writing professional articles led to writing short fiction and a novel. I also love it when I research a new story I am writing. Most of the …

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