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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ASK THE ROGUES: What Do Writers Dream?

by Gayle Lynds I’ve had a number of restless nights lately. You know what I mean — weird stuff speeding through my brain, banging at my consciousness, trying to be useful (or not). Mostly, it’s about writing — I’m working on a couple of different novels at the same time.  In the past, the...

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MAD (WO)MAN? GETTING YOUR BOOK TRAILER ON TV

by Lisa Black I created a television commercial for my current release, Red Flags, and aired it on local channels twenty times in five days. The cost to me? A whopping—and deductible—$289. I should add that I know nothing about film composition, video technology, or advertising. We’ve all become...

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SUMMERTIME AND THE WRITING IS EASY

By Jenny Milchman Let’s face it, writing is never exactly easy. Even on the best days, when the words seem to appear on the screen by magic, to move from our brain to our electrified fingers like lightning bolts, we wind up flattened and enervated by EOD, as if we really did just experience 10,000...

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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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LETTING MY CAREER GO TO THE DOGS

by Alex Kava Spoiler alert! It’s a good thing. It was nine years ago this summer when I decided to write a new series. The latest installment (#11, Stranded) in my long-running FBI profiler series was scheduled for release in August that year. Pre-orders outpaced previous books. The publisher even...

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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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