Category Archives: Janis Patterson

Here We Go Again!

by Janis Patterson It never ends. Writers are the sitting ducks of the universe, and it seems that someone is always trying to figure out a way to profit off our work without fairly compensating us for it. Back when … Continue reading

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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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