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An ‘ideal’ article

By Sally Carpenter  Some years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Jeffrey Scott, the most prolific writer of TV animation, with over 600 produced scripts to his credit, and all-around nice person.  In his book, “How to Write for … Continue reading

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Music to my ears

­By Sally Carpenter I got the idea of using chapter headers in my books from Steve Hockensmith. His “Holmes on the Range” books have cute headers that hint at the chapter content. I use headers in my books so I … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about the weather

  By Sally Carpenter Many writers swear by Elmore Leonard’s list of “10 rules for good writing” as definitive guidelines that must be followed at all times. Rule one is “Never open a book with weather.” Ooops, I broke that … Continue reading

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Finding the right formula

By Sally Carpenter Some people have accused cozy mysteries, and other genre fiction, of “formulaic.” What’s wrong with that? Humans are creatures of habits. We have our rituals and traditions that help us enjoy life and make sense of it. And … Continue reading

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, Indiana

by Sally Carpenter In finding a setting for my new series, I wanted to use a small town, as is typical in most cozies. But I didn’t want a generic town or the same city as every other cozy. What … Continue reading

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A new year, a new look

By Sally Carpenter  Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! I hope this will be a happy and fulfilling year for everyone. May readers find many new authors to enjoy. May writers publish a bounty of good stories. Many use … Continue reading

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The long and the ‘shorts’ of it all

By Sally Carpenter A short story anthology is like a box of chocolate—you never know what you’re going to get. Like all small presses, Cozy Cat Press doesn’t have a big advertising budget, so publisher Patricia Rockwell is always looking … Continue reading

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