Category Archives: mystery

Book Clubs by Karen Shughart

I love to read, and part of the reason I wanted to be a writer was that from the time I was a small girl I was fascinated by the way authors used words to craft a story. Words beckon … Continue reading

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Voice and Word Choice by Paty Jager

“Voice is the author’s style, the quality that makes his or her writing unique, and which conveys the author’s attitude, personality, and character; or. Voice is the characteristic speech and thought patterns of the narrator of a work of fiction.” This definition I pulled off … Continue reading

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Keep moving forward

For me, the hardest part of writing a book is getting starting. Thinking about cranking out over 50,000 golden words of terrific prose is daunting. There’s the fear of “How can I top my last book?” and “Can I come … Continue reading

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Lately, that’s been my writing life, good stuff and not so good. My long-time publisher for my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series has closed its doors. I asked for and received my rights back for the series and the covers. Because … Continue reading

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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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Dream or Reality? By Patricia Smith Wood

I assume most folks reading this blog are either writers, want-to-be writers, mystery fans, fans of writers in general, or someone who might be looking for a life. The dream of becoming a published writer can be a fun thing … Continue reading

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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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