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…

Continue ReadingLaurie Stevens Asks Do You Outline?

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…

Continue ReadingDonna Rewolinski asks: When people you know wish to be in your book…What to do?
Read more about the article Sheila Lowe on What Came Next
Sheila Lowe

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…

Continue ReadingSheila Lowe on What Came Next

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.  …

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

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…

Continue ReadingAugust Norman on Finding Your Tribe

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…

Continue ReadingLaurie Buchanan Considers The Write Path

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…

Continue ReadingAnne Louise Bannon asks Where to Begin?

Jeff Nania asks WWWWW and H?

Jeff Nania used to catch bad guys and restore wetlands. Now he writes The Northern Lakes Mystery series. You can find out more about him here, see his books here, and read his last post here. Fairly frequently I get asked where I came up with the characters that appear in my books. That is good news to me because it means someone is reading my books. My characters are the foundation of the tales I tell, and most are people I have come to know.  When I started writing I wrote mostly police reports in my first career and…

Continue ReadingJeff Nania asks WWWWW and H?

Saralyn Richard on Why Mysteries Make Us Hungry

Saralyn Richard's most recent book is a Murder of Principal. She is also the author of the Detective Parrott mysteries and children's book, Naughty Nana. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. Did you know reading murder mysteries burns a lot of calories? It’s true. Research studies conducted while readers were reading mysteries showed the nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat sitting, and heart-pounding scenes burned way more calories than those burned by reading books in any other genre. Well, at least we think so. That gives mystery writers poetic license to include…

Continue ReadingSaralyn Richard on Why Mysteries Make Us Hungry

Avanti Centrae asks How Far Would You Go to See the Future?

Avanti Centrae is the author of the VanOps thriller series, and is working on the third one now. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her latest post here I’m currently six chapters into my next action-packed VanOps thriller and thought it would be fun to share a behind-the-scenes look into my writing process and some background on my current research subject. From what I can tell, every author has their own method, whether it’s flying by the seat of their pants until the very last words hit the page, or the other…

Continue ReadingAvanti Centrae asks How Far Would You Go to See the Future?