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Clues, Magic and Little Cat Feet

by Janis Patterson I’ll admit I get a little put out when people (including some writers) say “Oh, I could never write a mystery – how do you think of all those clues and where to put them?” Usually, when … Continue reading

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Christmas is Coming

by Janis Patterson For once I’m way ahead of a deadline. It’s a situation that doesn’t happen very often, and I’m going to enjoy every bit of it! A couple of months ago a couple of mystery writer friends and … Continue reading

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Writing Would Be Perfect If…

by Janis Patterson I mean it. Writing would be so perfect if it weren’t for the readers. I know, that is a very incendiary statement, but it’s true. We’re asked to live up to readers’ expectations without being given much … Continue reading

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What Happens Next

by Janis Patterson After listening to those of my friends who have become mothers – some several times – the more I am convinced that finishing a book is sort of like having a baby. The initial idea is delightful … Continue reading

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Flying High

by Janis Patterson The Husband is an avid rocketeer and even has a Level 1 High Power rating. That’s heavy, folks, and means he can send up huge rockets. So why am I talking about rockets on a mystery writing … Continue reading

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Who’s In Charge Here?

by Janis Patterson Once someone asked me to do a workshop on creating characters. He had read several of my books and was impressed with how ‘real’ they all were. Could I, he asked, share my creation process? I told … Continue reading

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Public Speaking, Self-Publishing and Scars

by Janis Patterson Last weekend I gave a workshop at our local MWA chapter on self-publishing. Not that I’m an expert, or anything like that, but you realize that to be an authority on something you only have to know … Continue reading

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