NOVEMBER ROGUE ROUNDUP

It’s a Rogue Roundup: See what we Rogues discovered, researched, and talked about in November… We began November by organizing the drawers, doing the laundry, and a whole host of other time honored procrastination rituals. Why write when you can productively procrastinate? Tosca Lee tells us in...

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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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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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THE CAREFUL AGING OF A SERIES CHARACTER

by Alex Kava Alex Kava’s Grace and Maggie O’Dell are two of readers favorite characters. Last month, I received this Facebook message from a reader with a great question: “Maggie O’Dell was my introduction to thrillers back when I was maybe 14 or 15 years old, so I’m really happy there’s this...

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Characters That Keep It Real

by Tracy Clark I just gave my first author presentations on craft, one on writing settings and one on building book people (characters). I think I did okay. I hope I did. But I’m a writer, not Mr. Chips, so things might have been a little, you know, shaky. I put the presentation together (with...

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PAUL VIDICH GOES ROGUE

KJ Howe: The honey trap has been a powerful tool used to discover secrets in the spy game. Most people envision a female seducer who is able to penetrate enemy lines, but did you know about the Romeo program used in WWII? Well, Paul Vidich extrapolates this unique idea on his journey back to 1989...

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