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Happy Halloween!!! I'm eschewing a spooky post for the practical today, but wanted to wish everyone a safe and scary night! It's that time again. November 1 signals the start of National Novel Writing Month, a fun, work-intensive exercise for novelists. The goal is simple and straightforward:...
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Can you use real people, places and events in your fiction work without being sued? This topic pops up from time to time, and it seems like there are too many people who don't know the answers, so I thought we could try and sort it out. The short answer is yes. You can use brand names and...
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I'm full of questions today. I'm on the road promoting 14. I had a great launch party and a separate signing at my local independent, Davis Kidd, where I was shocked to find I only knew 1/3 of the crowd. Progress! And then I left for Colorado. I did a signing at a Barnes & Noble in Lone Tree,...
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Why do we write Southern? When I chose to set my Taylor Jackson series in Nashville, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I love this town with an unmatched passion. I love its dichotomies – the class structure, the allegiances, the warped politics. I love the traditions and history of the...
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It's very hard to introduce a new character into a series. Honestly, that's not true. It's easy to introduce a new character into a series. The difficulty lies in bringing said new character to life, giving them a purpose, a role, a reason. Doing it seamlessly is what's so hard to pull off. There....
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Please join us at Murderati today for an enlightening interview with Red Room founder Ivory Madison!