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Julie Smith

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Annapolis, Md., The United States



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Author of 20 mystery novels and a YA paranormal adventure called BAD GIRL SCHOOL (formerly CURSEBUSTERS!). Nine of the mysteries are about a female New Orleans cop Skip Langdon, five about a San Francisco lawyer named Rebecca Schwartz,two about a struggling mystery writer named Paul Mcdonald (whose fate no one should suffer) and four teaming up Talba Wallis, a private eye with many names, a poetic license, and a smoking computer, with veteran P.I. Eddie Valentino.

In Bad GIRL SCHOOL, a psychic pink-haired teen-age burglar named Reeno gets recruited by a psychotic telepathic cat to pull a job that involves time travel to an ancient Mayan city. Hint:It HAS to be done before 2012!

Winner of the 1991 Edgar Allen Poe Award for best novel, that b

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Julie Smith Oooh, boy, do I have some. For several years now I've been a writing teacher, then editor and publisher. I've seen an awful lot of work by aspiring…moreOooh, boy, do I have some. For several years now I've been a writing teacher, then editor and publisher. I've seen an awful lot of work by aspiring writers and the exact same thing is wrong with just about every book that goes awry. The author tries to cram too much irrelevant material in the first chapter. Aunt Julie says: In your first chapter, delete all (and I mean ALL) flashbacks, digressions, and exposition. Ok, wait, I'm relenting--you may have the occasional word or even sentence of exposition. But no more. (Aunt Julie is very strict.)

So what's left in that chapter? Hopefully, an action scene that makes us fall in love with your protagonist and sets up the story, so we can see where we're headed.

Do this, my chickadees, and you shall be published! Seriously. (less)
Julie Smith You get to set your own hours. And you're never lonesome--your characters are always with you.
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Julie Smith Thanks, Zoe. Your books look awesome! Are you friends with John Harvey? He's a good friend of mine.

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Zoë Sharp Hi Julie. Thanks so much for Friending me. You have some fab book covers for your series. And I love the premise of CURSEBUSTERS. How's the writing going with you?

Pamela Hey Julie...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

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Beth Hi Julie,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery writer on Goodreads!

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