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Neil S. Plakcy

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Born
in Trenton, NJ, The United States
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Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac & Jimmy Buffett

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November 2009

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I have been a voracious reader all my life, mostly in mystery, romance, and science fiction/fantasy, though a college degree in English did push a lot of literary works into my list of favorites.

I began writing seriously in high school after an inspiring assignment with A Separate Peace by John Knowles. But it took getting an MFA in creative writing to kick-start my career.

Since then I've written dozens of books, won a couple of treasured awards, and enjoyed the support of readers.

I hope you'll visit my website, where you can sign up for my occasional newsletter, and also follow my author page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/neil.plakcy.

I love writing cozy mysteries as well as gay mysteries, M/M romance and gay erotica. My golden ret
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Neil S. Plakcy Read and write! I love to read, and I'm inspired by seeing the way other authors have handled dialogue, description and so on. And I do believe that y…moreRead and write! I love to read, and I'm inspired by seeing the way other authors have handled dialogue, description and so on. And I do believe that your writing improves the more you practice it.(less)
Neil S. Plakcy Hi Margaret,

Thanks for your kind words about the Have Body Will Guard series. I love writing about Aidan and Liam and I'm delighted that readers want…more
Hi Margaret,

Thanks for your kind words about the Have Body Will Guard series. I love writing about Aidan and Liam and I'm delighted that readers want to read about them!

It's interesting that yours is the second question I've gotten that makes it sound like Finding Freddie Venus is the last. I didn't mean it to read that way!

I have written a very rough draft of book #8 and put it aside to let it simmer for a while. That's my process-- I write the first draft, put it aside, and come back to it a few months or more later to revise. Then the book goes to my editor who often has some major comments, and I do another draft.

So I don't quite know when the book will come out-- it doesn't even have a good title yet! Probably not until next summer, as I have a bunch of other stuff in the pipeline. But don't worry, I'm not done with them yet!(less)
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Squeeze Pages and Newsletters

Here's a new term I learned this morning, courtesy of David Gaughran's newsletter. Gaughran is a marketing guru for the self-published; if you don't already read him, check him out online.

His "squeeze page" is a box on the right side of his home page, in which he offers a free copy of his book "Following" in exchange for signing up for his newsletter.

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message 9: by James

James Thompson I'm honored to be on your favorites list. Thank you.
James Thompson


message 8: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi Neil. Thanks so much for Friending me here. Lovely to catch up with you. How's the writing going?


message 7: by Kaje

Kaje Harper Congrats on the release - it posted a little early. I've been waiting for this one.


message 6: by Neil

Neil Plakcy Will do, Lori, once it's available at Amazon (in about a month or so). Right now it's only at the Loose Id website.


Lori K Neil, congrats on the new release! Gonna add it to Goodreads? :)


message 4: by Neil

Neil Plakcy Thanks so much! I love Liam and Aidan too and am always glad to hear that others do! The third book in the series, Teach Me Tonight, sends them on assignment together to a summer study program in Bizerte, on the Mediterranean coast, to protect a student who has been threatened. Aidan rediscovers how much he loves teaching, and Liam's friend Joey shows up... leading to all kinds of complications! It's in the copy edit stage now so should be out in the next month or two.
Best,
Neil


message 3: by Tame

Tame thank you so much for the friend acceptance Mr. Neil :)

Tame


Lori K Hi Neil, thanks for the donated books for the contest at ebookaddictreviews! I won a few I wanted to read! Lori


message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Neil,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author here on Goodreads as well as elsewhere! You need to join the Goodreads Author Program and link up to your books here.


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