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About patyjag

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 30+ novels, novellas, and short stories of murder mystery, western romance, and action adventure. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

Hiding the killer in my subconscious by Paty Jager

Every mystery book I’ve written, I start out with the firm belief I know who the killer is. I start preparing for the book by deciding where the main character, Shandra Higheagle is, what she is doing, and how she … Continue reading

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What’s in a Title? by Paty Jager

Do you pick a book by the title? Do you want the title to tell you the genre of the story or what the story will be about? How about a mystery? Do you want the title to be a … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger- Christoph Burmeister

The Poetic Murderer, and me — How the Book Came to Be Fear will learn to fear you. Last winter I got the news: Lionel Ross wanted to publish my first novel. I was overjoyed and humbled beyond my ability … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger- C.T. Collier

New Voices in Academic Mysteries by C.T. Collier Even before I joined the ranks of college faculty, I loved a good academic mystery—one with a professor solving a murder, whether it happened on campus or on vacation. Now that I … Continue reading

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Writing a Mystery is like Baking a Cake by Paty Jager

I had a post written, went back in to add a little more, and lost the whole thing! Man, I hate when that happens! I am finishing up a historical western romance book and getting ready to start on the … Continue reading

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Digging into a Character by Paty Jager

I’m currently working on a the first book of a new mystery series. This new series is making me grow as a writer which is what I hope each book does, but this series and character in particular is really … Continue reading

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Left Coast Crime Replay by Paty Jager

Last month, March 22-24, I attended the 2018 Left Coast Crime conference in Reno, NV. It was a five and a half hour drive from my home.  A friend and I left Wednesday morning and took our time driving through … Continue reading

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