What Makes a Thriller Great?

I’ve been attending ThrillerFest 2013 in New York City.  This first part, CraftFest, offers sessions on the craft of writing thrillers, mysteries and suspense, and my head is spinning from everything I’m learning! This topic is just one example.  Today I attended a session presented by Andrew Kaplan on what makes a thriller great.  According…

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Having Fun on YouTube

This might seem like shameless promotion – and it is!  But it’s the best kind – the kind that will help you whether you’re following me because you’re a reader or a writer. I’ve launched a YouTube channel.  Yes, you heard it here first – well, third, because it’s been feeding Twitter and Facebook with…

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The Scents – and Sense – of Things

We had rain this week, unusual in June in both it’s duration and amount.  The last truly significant rain was the beginning of May, and we’ve been behind all year.  In a month’s time, drought will be the buzzword again. But that’s not what is most compelling about this rain.  What changes the most when…

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Taking a Walk for Inspiration

I was looking for a little inspiration last week for Flynn’s Crossing Book 6, Wine Into Water, the story of Marguerite and Deke.  Marguerite is the winemaker at Witch Hill Winery, and Deke’s adjacent ranch has been in his family for seven generations. To jog my brain cells, I headed off to visit my friends…

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Using Sounds to Tell Your Story

Using Sounds to Tell Your Story 06-13-13 As a writer, I spend a lot of time listening.  I listen for accents, dialects, and speech patterns.  I listen to sagas of woe and tales of joy.  I listen with story ideas, scene concepts, and plot arcs settling in my memory. More than this, though, I listen…

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Spirits vs. Progress- Who Will Win?

Spirits vs. Progress – Who Will Win? 05-23-13 Who’s next for romance in Flynn’s Crossing? Old bones, predestined love, and troubled adversaries clash as an unlikely relationship soars to conquer the spirit world.  The story of Tess and Powers is heating up Main Street! Yes, it’s finally out!  “Blooms on the Bones”, Book 5 in…

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