Ruby Release – DANGEROUS BOYS Anthology

Life’s Too Short – Write a Novella Have you noticed how popular novellas are lately? I totally get why. Writers like me, who take anywhere from six to twelve months to write a full novel, can get a novella written and published in a fraction of that time. For readers, a short, satisfying story can be […]

Archetypes and Storybeats Part II: The Virgin’s Promise

In last week’s blog  I discussed the Hero’s journey and the nexus between certain character archetypes that are so well-recognized that they come ready-made with their own set of story beats.  The Hero’s Journey as interpreted by Chris Vogler in his book on screenwriting (The Writer’s Journey), has been so widely read that it’s often […]

Writing Difference with Roxane Gay

Last week, I took a day off from security guards, sex demons and assassins (the WIP) and joined a group of undergraduate English majors, MFA students, and other writers on the University of Minnesota Mankato campus, where we had the pleasure of listening to the amazing Roxane Gay talk about writing difference. Though Gay is […]

It’s Never Too Late to Learn Something New

I’ve been writing novels for a long time now. I can say that I’ve learned how to write a novel and I’ve learned how to meet a deadline. But I get stuck. I lose my way even though I have an outline. I have to rewrite. I struggle sometimes with imagery and just plain bad […]

Director’s Cut by Jacqui Jacoby

The director’s cut, a movie released several years after the original, giving us a look into scenes and story we missed when the film was in the theaters.  Aliens, released in 1986, the director’s cut coming out in 2003 with roughly eighteen minutes of a movie that really should have been in the first.  Boondock […]

Working Together

While working together isn’t a true collaboration such as you think of when reading James Patterson with (take your pick), an anthology or boxed set takes a lot of coordination and working together. I’ve never done a boxed set, but I’ve been in two anthologies now (Christmas Revels and Christmas Revels II) with fellow Ruby […]

A Picture Paints A Thousand Words (I Hope!)

People always ask where I get my story ideas. It’s a complicated question…and yet it isn’t. Because they never come from any one place. Sometimes an article I read on the internet will get the wheels turning. Sometimes an overheard conversation sparks something. And sometimes it’s a picture. A picture like this one.  My son […]

Psychic Distance

In all the workshops, conferences, and lectures I’ve attended through RWA, I never heard of this concept until I went to the International Thriller Writers Conference in July. There I attended two talks by Steve Berry, the thriller writer, and I highly recommend him for his talks on craft. In one of his talks, he […]

Location, Location, Location!

When it comes to real estate prices, it’s all about location, location, location. But in your novel location becomes all about details, details, details and which ones you choose to focus on. Can your readers imagine the locale of your story, smell the flowers, or hear the birds chirping? As many of you know, my […]

In One and Done

In One and Done So here’s the thing, I have a secret. My first draft is my only draft. When I sit down to write a story, I write the story. I’m not bragging or saying that my process is better than others, I’m just saying that whatever writing process gets the job done, is […]

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  • Kate Parker: I couldn’t have done the cover this well in a million years. Credit goes to Kim Killion.
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  • Kate Parker: Thanks, Anne Marie. I love the covers and the stories have been fun to write.