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They don’t tell US everything, either.

If you don’t fill in every detail of a character’s background before you start writing the story, those empty spaces may later become filled with details you didn’t expect at all. This is one of the most enjoyable things about writing fiction. This … Continue reading

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Expect the f-bomb.

(Needless to say, this particular post is not even remotely safe for work.) Have you ever seen an Amazon review on, say, a military thriller in which the reviewer complains about the novel containing “the f-bomb,” as if it were … Continue reading

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In case you’re wondering about that character name…

These are the characters I interviewed for this year’s A-to-Z Challenge. Take a look at the list and see if any name stands out as a potential problem: Alandra Kade Joseph Brennen Marleah Carlisle Deegan Em Nicholas Ferrier Geoffrey Meeks Hunter Ianthe … Continue reading

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Character’s name dilemma: what would you do?

The surname for one of my novel’s protagonists has recently become strongly associated (for many people, at least) with things I find reprehensible. Actually, reprehensible may be too mild a word… I fought for years against all pressure to change this character’s name, … Continue reading

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So I heard back from LR today about my clone’s novel…

He’d read the previous novels, of course, so he had some idea of what to expect, but this one is… different: all that and a “burly brawl” in the post-apocalyptic ruins of Disney World! 🙂 LR told me today that he has finished reading … Continue reading

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A bit late for nerves…

Yesterday, LR sent me an email letting me know that he was about 20 percent of the way through The Madness Engine. That’s good to know: he got through the opening sequence without throwing the book across the room and exclaiming, “What … Continue reading

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Interviews with my imaginary friends: Xia Jaiying

For this year’s A-to-Z April Challenge, I’m interviewing characters from my and/or my twin’s fiction. Some of them are major characters, some are supporting cast, and some have managed to avoid any page-time (so far). I’d planned to interview Xia … Continue reading

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