NEVER PULL A PEPPER

By Tracy Clark I just checked my latest manuscript for Pepper. I’m good! Remember the old ‘70s TV show Police Woman? It starred Angie Dickinson as Det. Pepper Anderson? I do. In fact, I remember it every time I sit down to write, because there are some things I have to remember not to do, thanks...

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TOTAL IMMERSION II

The Art of Going Deep: Part II By Chris Goff In Part I, I talked about digging DEEP to find the BIG concept, the right Point of View, and getting to know your characters. So, how do you get into your character’s head?  Use your own experiences.  Thomas Harris in Silence of the Lambs gave...

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A NOT SO COZY REALITY

By Lisa Black Truth is often stranger than fiction, but sometimes fiction is truth—whether it means to be or not. Any cozy mystery worth its salt has a small town, a bickering couple, eccentric characters, and a great climate. A murder in 2013 checked all these boxes and more, but to the...

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CAN’T YOU TELL I’M WRITING?

By Tosca Lee Last night an author friend of mine sent me a message accompanied by an unspoken (but noted by me) sage nod.  “I am never more productive with busywork type tasks than when I’m on deadline for a book!” she said. How’d she know I was “writing?” Because I’d just posted a picture of...

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LOOKING FOR A REAL-LIFE HERO

By Isabella Maldonado For my most recent novel, I wanted a lead character who was an action hero like Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, Mitch Rapp, or Scot Horvath. But my hero had to be a woman. And she had to be believable. After some research, I learned such women do exist in real life. They are...

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TOTAL IMMERSION

The Art of Going DEEP: Part 1 By Chris Goff ThrillerFest 2017 when RED SKY launched Over the years, I’ve spoken at writer’s conferences ad nauseum about plotting the novel, researching the novel, creating characters, writing realistic dialogue and boots on the ground settings. All very important...

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