Carlene O’Neil on Location, Location, Location

Carlene O'Neil is the author of the Cypress Cove cozy series. You can find out more about her on her website, www.carleneoneil.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. What’s most important in a novel? What pushes the story forward? If you look at the golden age of mystery writing you will see the emphasis was on plot. More recently character development is what readers are looking for. If you were to ask me, though, I would say of equal importance is the location. The location, the setting where the story takes place,…

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Carlene O’Neil writes about “Gathering Acorns”

Carlene O'Neil is the author of the Cypress Cove Mystery series of cozies. This is her debut post for the Blackbird Writers. You can find out more about her on her website www.carleneoneil.com, or by clicking here and buy her books here. “My sister’s having babies. She married the guy she lost her virginity to. I’m glad she’s having babies. Now I can breathe a little.” I listen to these few sentences, pure gold to an author. I move closer to hear better. So does half the coffee shop, but the speaker’s done. I’m disappointed, wanting more. Then, before I…

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