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Acquired tastes

By Sally Carpenter Why do people like different types of literature? Writers have been wrestling with that question since the first authors tried to earn a living with their work. Why are some books best sellers and other titles flounder? … Continue reading

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It Couldn’t Happen Here

By Sally Carpenter For this post I’m going to forgo fiction for true crime. Every week, it seems, another city is ravaged by a mass shooting. It’s easy from the security of ones own home to say, “How tragic, but … Continue reading

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Writing in the new year

By Sally Carpenter In the Ladies of Mystery rotation, my post is always the first one each month, which means I get to kick off the new year. I’ve made my 2019 writing resolutions. First off, I have a 90-minute … Continue reading

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What a character!

by Sally Carpenter I recently began rewatching an old favorite TV show from the 1970s, “Alias Smith and Jones,” about two bank robbers in the Old West who decide to go straight. This time around I noticed that much of … Continue reading

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What’s an author to do?

By Sally Carpenter New authors looking for publishers now have two less options. Last month Oak Tree Press, an independent publisher of novels in various genres, closed its doors. That came as no surprise. Some years ago the publisher had … Continue reading

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Nowhere man

By Sally Carpenter My current writing project is putting my first novel, “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper,” back in print. Before I send the file to my publisher, I’m editing it for corrections and style. I haven’t read the book since … Continue reading

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Parodies and pastiches

By Sally Carpenter The theater in my town recently screened “Galaxy Quest” as part of the Friday night retro-film series. It’s one of my favorite movies. Trekkies consider it the seventh best Star Trek film because it’s a spot-on parody … Continue reading

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