Category Archives: Paty Jager

Hiding the killer in my subconscious by Paty Jager

Every mystery book I’ve written, I start out with the firm belief I know who the killer is. I start preparing for the book by deciding where the main character, Shandra Higheagle is, what she is doing, and how she … Continue reading

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What’s in a Title? by Paty Jager

Do you pick a book by the title? Do you want the title to tell you the genre of the story or what the story will be about? How about a mystery? Do you want the title to be a … Continue reading

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Writing a Mystery is like Baking a Cake by Paty Jager

I had a post written, went back in to add a little more, and lost the whole thing! Man, I hate when that happens! I am finishing up a historical western romance book and getting ready to start on the … Continue reading

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Digging into a Character by Paty Jager

I’m currently working on a the first book of a new mystery series. This new series is making me grow as a writer which is what I hope each book does, but this series and character in particular is really … Continue reading

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Left Coast Crime Replay by Paty Jager

Last month, March 22-24, I attended the 2018 Left Coast Crime conference in Reno, NV. It was a five and a half hour drive from my home.  A friend and I left Wednesday morning and took our time driving through … Continue reading

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Murder From the Headlines by Paty Jager

When I started brainstorming the newest Shandra Higheagle Mystery, I didn’t think about what was in the headlines. I don’t even watch the news. It’s too depressing. Every time I start brainstorming a book, I think about the world around … Continue reading

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Writing is My Life or My Life is My Writing by Paty Jager

There’s not a writer out there who hasn’t brought something from their life into their writing. Writing whether for pleasure or for money, deals with everyday life experiences. It has to. One can’t bring the full flavor of life into … Continue reading

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