I just had to go outside to take a picture of this tree. Isn’t it pretty? You know I love PURPLE, but my favorite fall leaves are orange. Fall in New England is so nice…no more sweating! The crunch of leaves beneath your feet, fall decorations everywhere, and the little ones Trick-or-Treating. You smell wood […]

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I recently announced that I was going to write a book in Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s Cocky Bastard series. I thought I’d answer some questions people have been asking me and the other authors writing in this world. Do I need to read the original stories before I read your book?No, you don’t need […]

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I recently spent a weekend in Maine with a group of writer friends. We rented a house on Air BnB, and it was awesome! Nice, spacious house with a great view of the mountains. We brought tons of food, and went out to eat one night. We had writing sprints, and I now have The Landscaper’s […]

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In my last post, I talked about how I write drafts of a story. When I edit my own work, I make several passes: First, I read it on my computer and make corrections. Then, I print it and read it on paper. I also put it on my Kindle to read. When I turn […]

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In a previous post, I described how I write a draft of my story. This first draft is usually pretty rough. There may be some scenery or character descriptions that need to be beefed up, or some dialogue and pacing to improve. Part of the reason my novellas take so long to write is that […]

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In my last behind the scenes post, I described how I write out the beats of each story. Once I have the beats planned, I set up a new project in Scrivener, my writing software. I set up the margins, spacing, and font, and I make folders for at least twelve chapters. When I start […]

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In my first article about my writing process, I described how I plan a book project by deciding if the book is a standalone or a series. I’m starting a new series, and I’ve made some notes about characters and scenes. The next thing I do is plot my book using the Save the Cat […]

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I’ve started work on the first book in a new series to come out this year. I’ve made some notes about the plot, and I wanted to share a little about how I start a book project. First, I have to determine if the book is a standalone or a series. I want to start […]

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