Christine DeSmet Asks What Is Your Definition of Joy?

Christine DeSmet is the author of the Fudge Shop Mystery Series set in Door County, and the Mischief in Moonstone Series set in northwest Wisconsin. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. I’m seeing a few blogs and social media messages about “joy” because June is the month when school gets out, and of course we’re emerging from a winter’s pandemic nap. But it’s interesting the blogs don’t usually dig deep into the origins of the feeling of joy for the individual blogger.  How did you learn what “joy”…

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Valerie Biel on Binge Reading

Valerie Biel is the author of the Circle of Nine series of YA books. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. I am an expert binge story consumer. I love series in any form—books, TV shows, movies. I’m an equal opportunity binger. There’s nothing better than sinking into a great story with a cast of characters that feels like old friends. At the beginning of the pandemic, I sought out many of my old favorites and found new ones, too. (You can read all about that in a different…

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Rick Treon on finding your writing voice
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Rick Treon on finding your writing voice

Rick Treon is the author of two Bartholomew Beck books, and his latest stand-alone thriller, Divided States. You can read more about him here and see his books here. This is his debut post. I made two terrible writerly decisions during the 2020 pandemic. Despite everything, I attempted my first sequel to complete a two-book deal signed in 2019. Then, while I was struggling through that, I signed another contract for a high-concept speculative thriller due in early 2021 — a project for which I’d completed exactly one chapter and a rough synopsis. These were the two proverbial wrongs. But,…

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Laurie Stevens Asks Do You Outline?

Laurie Stevens is the author of the award-winning Gabriel McRay series of thrillers. You can find out more about her here, see her books here and read her last post here. As a writer, I’m often asked, “How do you write? What’s your process?” Before I joined writer’s groups, I didn’t even think about it. I only wanted to tell a good story. Because not all authors are born with a super sense of confidence, I thought, Gosh, how do I write? What if it’s the wrong way? So, I embarked on a journey to learn about how different writers…

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Donna Rewolinski asks: When people you know wish to be in your book…What to do?

Donna is the author of the Novice mystery series about a retired cop and social worker whose travels leads them to solving crimes. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. When I wrote my first novel, Novice Mystery – Ireland, few people knew I was endeavoring to be published. I spent a great deal of time researching names that were appropriate given the character’s age, country of origin, and how the first and last names sounded together. Donna Rewolinski Unfortunately, I used a family member’s married name for one…

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Sheila Lowe on What Came Next
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Sheila Lowe on What Came Next

Sheila Lowe is the author of two mystery series. Her work as a forensic handwriting analyst inspired the Claudia Rose series. Her other series is Beyond the Veil. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. When was the last time you moved to a new house/apartment/office? How many boxes did you pack? How long did it take to pack them? How many pieces of furniture had to be loaded into the moving van? And how much junk did you throw away with a sigh of relief? Whether you moved…

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Sherill Joseph Asks What New Habits Will You Keep Post-Pandemic?

Sherill Joseph is the author of the Botanic Hill Detectives Series for middle school kids. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. All of us have spent over a year now dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in our own ways.  Perhaps like me, you have watched others—from a safe distance—in order to gauge how they have coped compared with yourself. I know I have learned some new, beneficial habits from admirable neighbors, family, and friends that have helped anchor me amidst the chaos and tragedy that have unfolded worldwide.  …

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August Norman on Finding Your Tribe

August Norman is the author of the Caitlin Bergman series of thrillers. You can find out more about him here, find his books here, and read his latest post here. As an aspiring writer, I worked on a book until I dared to think it might be ready for the world…unfortunately, I didn’t really have a world other than immediate family to share it with. While my friends and family had kind words to say, I realized I needed a community of writers, editors, agents, and readers with which to commiserate. But where does one find such a pack besides…

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Laurie Buchanan Considers The Write Path

Laurie Buchanan is the author of the Sean McPherson novels, including the newly released Indelible. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. I’m an outdoor gal—always have been, always will be. I’m also a writer, which requires sitting at a desk for a significant portion of each day. How do I reconcile the opposite ends of the spectrum and help them meet in the middle? An early riser, I front load my day with a walk. It tends to prime the writing pump. Over the years, I’ve discovered the…

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Anne Louise Bannon asks Where to Begin?

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series, set in the 1870s. You can read about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. Sigh. It's time. Folks have been bugging me about book number four in the Old Los Angeles series, so, it's time to get it written. My mother-in-law, in particular, made it clear that she's not getting any younger. I mean, it's seriously cool that my mother-in-law is one of my biggest fans. She does have a point, however. She's not that old, but she is not getting any…

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