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J.B. Hawker

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in Corning, CA, The United States
January 27

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Raised in the northern end of the Sacramento Valley in California, J.B.Hawker's early life was framed by mountain ranges. While her physical vistas were bounded on almost every side, her imagination was free to soar without limits.

"I've made up stories my whole life," said Hawker when interviewed. "While other children might need a flashlight to read under the covers after bedtime, I simply made up my own stories, many of which lasted multiple nights, having intricate details and characters drawn both from my life and my imagination."

After twenty years serving small churches from Alaska to South Dakota as a pastor's wife, she returned to her California roots to start over in mid-life as a single business woman and author.

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J.B. Hawker We all hear a lot about the struggles writers can have coming up with the next plot turn, but I struggle with the opposite problem, something I call…moreWe all hear a lot about the struggles writers can have coming up with the next plot turn, but I struggle with the opposite problem, something I call writer's rush.

Once the plot has been outlined, the main characters roughed in and I begin writing the first chapter of the narrative, I must constantly rein myself in so as not to hurry to the climax or give away plot points too early.

I'm near the end of the eighth chapter of my current work and already feeling the familiar tug to speed to the ending.

The technique I've been using to prevent my books from becoming novellas is to decide ahead of time what I want to accomplish in each segment. I bracket that goal on the page before I begin, and then paragraph by paragraph reread what I've written, comparing it to what's in the brackets. When I've covered some point, I delete it from the brackets and when the brackets are empty I am ready to move on to the next chapter. In this way, my first rough draft moves at approximately the pace I want.

Of course, goals change and those draft chapters will be revised many times before I am ready to send the work for editing, but the basic structure remains.

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J.B. Hawker I love having an outlet for all the stories, ideas and opinions whirling around in my head, but an unexpected blessing of being a published writer is…moreI love having an outlet for all the stories, ideas and opinions whirling around in my head, but an unexpected blessing of being a published writer is the connections I've established with my readers and with other authors.(less)
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This is the first Tillamook Tillie Mystery I have read and I loved it! Mrs Thistlethwaite/Mrs T/Tillie is an octogenarian living her later years to the max. She is learning welding because she never has before, she wears an authentic boldly striped Peruvian alpaca poncho which she pairs with purple plaid rainboots and a bright...

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