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Writing Process

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Have You Ever Scrapped a Work in Progress?

Have I ever scrapped a work in progress?  The answer is “yes.”  When I was a teen and young adult, I wrote dozens of novels I never published.  However, if you’re referring to works in progress since I started my professional career, then the answer is one. In 2020, I made it to the beginning […]

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How Much Research Do You Do for Your Novels?

The amount of research I conduct for my novels varies considerably, but as an author of historical fiction, research is vital.  As the History Quill puts it, “One of the trickiest aspects of writing historical fiction is doing all the research required to create an immersive, authentic historical world.” Luckily, I love history, and I […]

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Developing My Latest Works in Progress

How did I get the idea for my latest work in progress?  Well, it depends on which one you’re referring to.   I have several. In 2022, I will launch three historical fiction novellas, Journey of Hope, Rose’s Assignment and The Unmarriable Kind.  All three were inspired by the WWI trilogy.  Below are the author notes […]

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How to Create Fictional Characters

Without characters you don’t have a story.  So how do authors develop them?  There are many different methods.  For this blog, I’m sharing some tips from writing experts. Novel Writing Help cautions against creating characters that are “dislikeable or, worse, deadly dull.”  To prevent this, the website recommends: Characters don’t need to be beautiful, eloquent […]

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Are My Characters Based on Real People?

Are my characters based on real people?  The quick answer to this is “no.”  However, it’s a bit more complicated than that.  While none of my characters are based directly on someone, several are named after real people and several are representative of people who existed. In addition, all my characters feel real to me, […]

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How to Organize Story Ideas

Are you a writer having problems organizing story ideas?  If so, you’re not alone.  As Writer’s Digest puts it, “The desire to write The Great American Novel is like an overactive beast that needs obedience school.”  Thankfully, there are many strategies you can put into action.  In this post, I’ll share tips from writing experts […]

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Establishing a Writing Routine: My Best Tips

Establishing a writing routine can be a challenge for many newer writers.  There’s plenty of advice out there on how to establish a routine, so I decided to compile a list of the strategies that worked for me. Make Writing a Priority:  If being published is your goal, then you must make writing a priority.  […]

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My Writing Strength: Snappy Dialogue

Writers often are asked, “What is your strength?  Narrative or dialogue?”  That’s an easy question for me to answer.  My writing strength is dialogue. My characters’ dialogue rarely changes between the rough draft and the published version. My narrative passages, on the other hand, will go through five or more drafts.  I blame my journalism […]

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Origins of Angel Surnames: Accuracy in Historical Fiction Writing

In the course of writing Angel of Mercy, I did some research into the origin of the family’s surnames.  (This post is a companion piece to my WWI Trilogy, Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustment Year, available wherever eBooks are sold.) This is what I found out: Bartlette – English with some pockets […]

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“Mama, We All Go to Hell”

Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. Who would have guessed a hard rock song could inspire an entire historical fiction novel? But that’s exactly what happened with my novel, Angel of Mercy.  It was inspired entirely by the song “Mama” from My Chemical Romance‘s album Welcome to the Black Parade.  (This post is a […]

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History That Speaks to My Soul

History has long been a passion of mine. It began in childhood when my mother read me the Little House on the Prairie series. Since that time, I have read volumes of history books, taken classes for the sure pleasure of learning, watched documentaries, and been drawn to historical fiction movies and television programs, sometimes […]

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