Tag Archives: writing process

The Backstory

I had a great event at the Longport Public Library last week, in Longport, N.J. It’s a fabulous New Jersey Shore town—I highly recommend it if you have a chance to visit! One of the things I loved about the … Continue reading

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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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Understanding Your Characters

Part of what makes a great story is great characters. Any reader can tell you that. Writers talk about developing characters, fleshing them out, giving them back story, making them flawed and relatable. These are all vital steps in creating … Continue reading

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Perfectionism and the Cut Revision

Everyone who confesses to this fault, I suspect, is actually bragging. It’s the classic answer in a job interview. “What’s your greatest weakness?” “I’m a perfectionist.” I’m going to be contrary and confess that I’m not one. My clothes? I … Continue reading

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Killing Time by Paty Jager

Eons ago when I wrote my  first mystery book it all started with guests on a talk show. Well, let me take a step back from there. I wrote that first murder mystery because there was someone in my life … Continue reading

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Guest Blog – Bridges Del Ponte

Diverse Voices in our Mysteries In a changing publishing landscape, many readers are actively seeking out more diverse voices in our mysteries.  This demand may flow from our readers’ desires to more closely identify with characters in our mysteries that … Continue reading

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Mystery and Mysticism by Paty Jager

My brother is an artist who creates his own bronze statues and patinas bronze work for other artists. When he told me about a specific piece he’d put the patina on and how it had a unique configuration, he had … Continue reading

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