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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.

What Do Animals and Children Reveal? by Paty Jager

It’s funny how having a reader comment about how having a child’s interaction with my main character shows a different side to him–a side she liked–reminded me why I put animals, and in the case of the Gabriel Hawke series … Continue reading

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The Good and Bad by Marilyn Meredith

Traveling the road of life is never smooth. It seems just when everything is going well, a huge boulder crops up to make the way difficult. First off, my post is late because when I was writing it on Sunday, … Continue reading

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Why I Write Mysteries by Saralyn Richard

I love reading and writing in all genres. I’ve taught creative writing to high schoolers and adults, and I’ve rarely met a story or a writer that I didn’t enjoy getting to know, but when it comes to writing novels … Continue reading

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Not Your Usual Suspect by Paty Jager

The way my mind, and I would expect most writer’s minds work, if I see a person with something interesting about them, chances are they are going to end up in one of my books. I like to make my … Continue reading

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Poise Versus Panic By Patricia Smith Wood

Since I’m a Gemini, I have many “twin” features. Sometimes I’m one side, sometimes I’m the other. I’ll give you an example. I can often take two different sides of an argument. Not as much as I once could (I … Continue reading

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How Crime Novelists Come Up with Ideas by Richard Armstrong

Where do writers come up with the ideas for crime and mystery novels?  It’s a bit of mystery itself, isn’t it!  I’m sure for some writers the crime section of the local newspaper is a rich source of inspiration.  Others … Continue reading

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Too Many Ideas Not Enough Time by Paty Jager

If only I could write twice as fast! Ideas come at me like raindrops in a storm.  Some ideas seem like a great idea at the time and as I get closer to writing the story, decide it won’t work. … Continue reading

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