SERENDIPITY IN OUR LIVES

By Karna Small Bodman Serendipity, n. The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. We’ve all heard the term, and we may have experienced it now and then, but have you ever thought about how so many things in our lives are there because of chance or an...

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JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER?

By Karna Small Bodman When selecting the next book to read, are you influenced by a friend’s recommendation, a review you saw, the current bestseller list, the author’s name, or perhaps by the cover? And, if you’re in a bookstore (thankfully there are still a few around), you probably check out...

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TIPS FROM THE PROS

by Karna Small Bodman My fellow Rogues are all bestselling thriller writers, so I’m sure they are familiar with these “Tips” for creating a great thriller. However, I figured I could always use a refresher course, or a reminder of the basics, so I recently watched a presentation on how to craft a...

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WRITING IN DIFFERENT GENRES

by Karna Small Bodman Have you noticed how some of the all-time bestselling authors have occasionally ventured away from their best-known genres to write a book in a completely different one? Here are some prime examples of the switch. James Patterson is known world-wide for his great thrillers,...

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DO NOVELISTS PREDICT THE FUTURE?

by Karna Small Bodman Many authors say they get ideas “ripped from the headlines” and then do a “what if” to craft a tale. But what if, instead of following headlines, the author actually predicts them? Have you ever read a novel and later discovered that an event, historical reference, attack —...

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A LITERARY DINNER PARTY

By Karna Small Bodman In The New York Times Sunday Book Review section, you’ll see a prominent author answering certain questions such as: “You are hosting a Literary Dinner Party, which authors (living or dead) would you invite and why?” What an interesting challenge. Considering the heartless...

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WHAT POINT IS THE AUTHOR MAKING?

By Karna Small Bodman George Bernard Shaw once observed, “The best way to get your point across is to entertain.” I often think about that quote when I read a “thought-provoking” novel and sense that the author is trying to call attention to an issue, problem or, threat, and perhaps encouraging...

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BOOKS AND A TREAT FOR CHRISTMAS

By Karna Small Bodman Christmas shopping is in full swing, so I asked my family and a few friends to recommend books in various genres for consideration as Christmas gifts. All of these suggestions are newly released, and all have hit the bestseller lists. For the history buff: A Very Short...

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