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A Voice on Outline Driven Writing

Outlining versus Free Form writing is a hotly contested debate in author circles.  I know, I know, the subject doesn’t carry the weight of  discussing a solution to violence in Afghanistan, or searching for a missing jetliner in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  But the fact that writers seem willing to spill blood over […]

Readers Know Best

You release your hand-fed, carefully crafted book out into the wilds and you’re bound to get feedback.  Reviews, critiques and comments from readers come in different flavors – Loved it, Hated it, or the worst feedback of all, the sound of crickets. By the time your book hits the streets, at least a dozen sets […]

Don’t Let the Y.A. Label Fool You

I had the chance to read a Y.A. paranormal novel, The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos.  I’ve known Brenda for years and much to my embarrassment, I hadn’t read her work.  We write two different types of fiction.  I write crime and thriller novels like Little River and she creates paranormal beings living in with […]

You Are What You Read

When did choosing a literary genre become so difficult? In the “olden days” of books, there were vast collections of works contained within a single place. The Library.  In this mystical building, there existed a structure, a set of expectations to guide those who sought out new tales and adventures.  All books were created along […]

The Stuff That Binds

You need something to bind your story together. No I’m not talking about adding more fiber to your literary diet.  What I’m talking about is the thing that makes your story stand out in a field of similar work.  There are a finite number of story lines and when you filter down to stories within […]