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Sally Copus

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Sally Copus is enjoying a second career as a full time writer. The former CEO of a large direct marketing firm, she combines her extensive world travels with a love of history to bring the past to life for young readers.

BlackHeart's Legacy is the first book in The Odyssey of Jon Sinclair series, followed by the highly anticipated Keys to Atlantis. Copus resides in a pre-Civil War home built in 1850 that overlooks the majestic Missouri River in historic Lexington, Missouri. She draws inspiration from her surroundings and her four grandchildren.

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Sally Copus Escaping the real world! I just sail off into the fantasy world I am creating and enjoy my self. If I'm melancholy, I write feelings into my character…moreEscaping the real world! I just sail off into the fantasy world I am creating and enjoy my self. If I'm melancholy, I write feelings into my characters. If I need excitement I write a confrontation between characters or develop another mystery in my story or subplots that will create confrontations. If I want action, I work some of those subplots into a sea battle, a sword fight or a funny consequence to a dramatic scene. In other words, my characters are part of my life and I use present day events to help me see and write what someone else might not otherwise see. My mind is always writing; I just don't always pen it to paper.(less)
Sally Copus I usually take a day or two out to do research. New data stimulates and moves me forward with new ideas. But, the only time I get "real" writer's bloc…moreI usually take a day or two out to do research. New data stimulates and moves me forward with new ideas. But, the only time I get "real" writer's block is when I write an in-depth synopsis for one of my books. In that instance, I can't insert any "new" data; and I don't like chopping up good data for a bad, short-sighted end result. For me, it's harder to write a 3,000 word synopsis of my own work than to write a full-length book.

But, if I stall out in a book I'm writing and research doesn't help, I go back to the last exciting chapter and start shaving (cut out chapters). I do a little more research against my newest research data, which moves me in a different direction. I save the cut away material for a while, just in case...but I rarely use any of it--it's dead material. I have no problem with throwing away my writing that doesn't work. It saves time (and stress) and time is valuable to me. (less)
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Enter for a chance to win one of 20 author-signed paperback copies of KEYS TO ATLANTIS, Bk 2 (The Odyssey of Jon Sinclair series), including a signed BONUS COPY of BLACKHEART’S LEGACY, Bk 1: awarded Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012.

Step back in time. Leave your worries behind in this Time Travel Fantasy Adventure. Travel with fifteen-year-old Jon Sinclair, his grandfather and allies as they once again

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