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The Research Monster – or – Down the Rabbit Hole

by Janis Susan May/Janis Patterson Hello, my name is Janis Susan and I am a research geek. I have always believed that historical accuracy in our fiction is of paramount importance – equal to that of a good story, in … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Writing and Publishing

by Janis Patterson It is the best of times to be a self-published author. We can put our own books out without having to deal with the ‘writing by committee’ mentality that infects the world of traditional publishing. We can … Continue reading

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Books… And More Books… And Still More Books…

by Janis Patterson Books are most definitely a leitmotif in my life. I have always loved to read. Even in my toddler days I would on an almost daily basis pull every book I could reach off the shelves and … Continue reading

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A Mystery Writer’s Responsibility

by Janis Patterson We write mysteries. It is our duty to provide our readers with a good story that has an interesting plot, accurate research, believable characters, and a satisfying ending. It is also our responsibility to be sure that … Continue reading

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Constructing Clues

by Janis Patterson I think we all agree that when creating a mystery we should play fair with our readers. Mixed in amongst our red herrings there should be some genuine clues that – with an astute reader and a … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales, The Easter Bunny and a New Touchstone

by Janis Patterson Every year I look forward to the holiday season. I love Christmas – the decorations, the carols, the promise and reassurance of my faith, the bonhomie, the electric excitement in the air. New Year’s is the symbol … Continue reading

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Tell Me Again – What Time Is It?

by Janis Patterson One of the most unsettling things about being a writer is what I call ‘time dislocation.’ There is the Now that we are all experiencing – the date printed on today’s calendar, the time shown on all … Continue reading

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