Research Rocks

Research Rocks

You can’t write what you don’t know. Sure, books and the internet are great ways to find out about your subject, but the best way to research your story is to live it. For the Lakeview Novels I tried to do just that. While researching Hush (the story of an unknown princess who is discovered by an undercover student journalist and hunted down by terrorists on the campus of her elite boarding school) I went to several rugby games – a...

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I’m Afraid.

I’m Afraid.

Reviews are very important to authors; they can make or break a book. I wish I wasn’t, but I am afraid to write them. My spelling is that bad. How embarrassing is it to have to admit that I am an author who can’t spell? My publisher and editor actually laugh at my many mistakes. “At least I’m consistent,” they tease. Thank God I’ve learned how to laugh too. Well that and luckily my husband and children are great spellers who proof...

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Describe Each Day of the Week as if it was a Person.

 This has been the funnest writing exercise I’ve done to date. I dare you to give it a go. You’ll be laughing at the difference a day makes. Here’s my week… Monday          I am the little old lady at the pool who drags her ill fitting flip flops across the wet tile before slipping into the cold chlorinated water for my morning swim. I know I’ll feel better after I force myself to do something that I’d rather not...

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Start Writing

Start Writing

How do you start writing a book? Step one: Outline *Conflict, resolution *Characters, setting This process takes about a week. I plot out my story line and get my ideas down on paper. My outlines always change as I start to write, but I find them essential for keeping my thoughts organized. Step two: Research *Who are the characters I want to write? *Physical description, what do they want? You can’t write what you don’t know. Step...

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