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September 17, 2014



This really is one of my favorites... (I'm pretty sure I first discovered this quote from an episode of Criminal Minds)...


"What we hope to do with ease, we must first do with diligence." — Samuel Johnson


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Published on September 17, 2014 06:00

September 15, 2014


I love to write.

I hate to write.

Let's start over: I love to create. I love to edit. I love to tell a story.

I love to have written book.

The writing part? Well, I'm pretty much on the hate side. Except for the times I love it. Which becomes kind of like a drug addiction. I'll work through days of hating it because I know—I just know—that I will love writing if for even just a few hours any time now.

Dangling carrot. The cocaine-high of effortless brilliance. The part where I get to play a kind of writing god where I create the world (in seven days? ha!), and I create the people and their backstories and their fears, and decide what fate has in store for them.

That's a lot of responsibility.

And even more work.

Writing my first draft is wild. They often begin like silk. The words flow. I can't possibly type fast enough.

"This is gonna be the fastest first draft (and perfect, by the way) in the universe. It's magic!"

Yeah, right.

Then comes the first speed bump. And the second.

I've found I write best when I have a bit of a roadmap—an idea of where I want to get to next. That doesn't mean that little bits of flotsam won't work through whatever filter I have in place and make its way onto my page. The magic part is... (are you ready?) I don't immediately delete those things that feel, at the moment, like dust-bunnies. Pieces of lint I'm eventually going to have to vacuum up.

Trusting the process is one of the key elements for a writer. My process can include a lot of deleting, but it can also include a lot of surprises.

"Oh, yes! I see the connection now between that earlier dust-bunny and this trigger for murder!"

Or:

"That dust-bunny sure set up a great metaphor for the overall theme of this story (which I rarely know about ahead of time): global terrorism!"

Which is part of the whole addiction.

You get my point. In case you haven't, it's to trust the process. Sometimes you've just got to let it flow.

Thanks to my Sisters in Crime sister, and good friend, Sheila Lowe, for encouraging me to write this post. You can read hers by clicking on her name. She writes an awesome series featuring a handwriting analyst. Which works really well for her because she is one. (And waving to Dennis Palumbo, whose fabulous book, PHANTOM LIMB, I finished reading this morning even before turning on the news. Yes, it's that good. And who, by the way, provided a beautiful endorsement for my last book, THE SACRIFICE.)

Check out another Sisters In Crime blog (and yeah, she's really my sister): Lala Corriere.


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Published on September 15, 2014 16:19

September 10, 2014






"You only get true perspective of your book when you put it out there for readers." —Peg Brantley


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Published on September 10, 2014 06:00

September 6, 2014

Grammarly, a grammar-checking site, recently polled in excess of 3,000 men and women to examine some of the differences between male and female authors.

The one area of examination that was most evenly divided was that of characterization.

The Daily Beast published the entire poll in easy graphics, if you're interested. This particular poll does give a slight edge to women for being better writers, an edge I'm happy to accept.

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Published on September 06, 2014 12:57 • 1 view

September 3, 2014








"The first draft of anything is shit." —Ernest Hemingway



Thank you, thank you, thank you.


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Published on September 03, 2014 06:00

September 1, 2014


Do you enjoy discovering new authors? Do you like listening to professional interviews of those authors about their newest releases? Then you'll love The BookCast.














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Published on September 01, 2014 06:00

August 29, 2014

These dogs (and their handlers) are amazing. Recently, the Aurora, Colorado Police Department took over a section of the parking lot at a popular restaurant to strut their four-legged stuff.

Enjoy!









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Published on August 29, 2014 06:00 • 1 view

August 27, 2014

Short but sweet (not):

"The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress." — Philip Roth


To avoid this... get 'er done!


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Published on August 27, 2014 06:00 • 1 view

August 25, 2014

This is so much fun!

If you or someone you know enjoys audiobooks, this is a contest you'll love!

The buses are Metro Buses in Nova Scotia, Canada, but the contest is open to a whole lot more people!



For more information, go to StoryFinds and check out the deets.

I need to share that I'm pretty stoked to see the cover of The Missings on a bus.


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Published on August 25, 2014 15:12 • 1 view

August 22, 2014

Without good research, we can put our stories in unbelievable situations. Readers will throw our books against the wall.

With good research, we can be in the same unbelievable situation, but readers will be right there with us.

Are you with me here?


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Published on August 22, 2014 06:00 • 1 view