I wrote up a writing prompt for My Word Playground. It shares my technique for putting two or more characters together and letting them interact without worrying about trying to build a scene complete with action and dialogue. I enjoyed checking out writer Lynne Marie’s playground while I tried to figure out what I wanted to write about. This … More Letting Your Characters Talk
You’re invited to the launch party for SUSPECT at Literary Life! WHEN: Thursday, October 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 WHERE: 758 Wealthy Street SE Grand Rapids, MI Things should be lively since the Wealthy Street Autumn Stroll will also be going on. I’m hoping to have coloring pages available from SAVING THE GRIFFIN as well. A … More Mix and Mingle
Well, I just finished the dramatic section of “the darkest moment.” In Chapter 24, the horror will settle in and Calyn will have to make a decision. Handily enough, that’s the next section of the step outline. I’m currently on page 210 out of 237, but I know that it will take at least twenty … More Chapter 23…Done!
Writers of historical fiction often spend months researching the various settings of their novels before they begin to write. While I enjoy reading historical fiction, I’ve never really thought about writing it because I know how every detail needs to be supported. Writers of contemporary fiction often need to spend some time researching, but it varies from project … More Researching SUSPECT
I did an interview for Luke and Nemo at Biscuit Break for their “Sit, Stay, Write!” series. These two shelties belong to Jeanie Franz Ransom. They love hanging out with her on the front porch in her outdoor office when she works.
Everything I ever needed to know about writing I learned at an SCBWI conference. Okay. That’s a bit of an exaggeration. I’ve read some very good books on writing like Natalie Goldberg’s WRITING DOWN THE BONES and Christopher Vogler’s THE WRITER’S JOURNEY. But I tended to get these recommendations from people that I met at … More The Clues that Whisper
Sometimes it can take a long time for an idea to become a book. I remember that the initial idea for SUSPECT came to me in 1997 when I was reading about a winery in either Hermann or Augusta, Missouri. It was reopening some of its old cellars after years of disuse. I remember thinking “What … More The First Draft of SUSPECT