By CJ Verburg March 23, 2018 I knew exactly what I wanted to write. My life plan revealed itself in college, where I devoured Agatha Christie and Mary Stewart novels between Tolstoy, Joyce, and Woolf. I would travel to exotic … Continue reading Shake It Up, Baby! A Musical Mystery Tour
Boy, do I stir things up! But I think in a good way. Others may not think so.
The theme that runs through every book, every novella, every short story I write is justice or redemption. Life is messy. Continue reading Stir Things Up: Paty Jager
As a forensic nurse, I often work with attorneys as an expert witness. I instruct the jury to listen to what the evidence tells you not what the people involved say. Everything must be accurate, and the smallest of details matter in solving a crime or proving a case. Continue reading Stir Things Up: Accuracy – The Writer’s Dilemma
By Thonie Hevron Routine can be a good thing, right? Honestly, sometimes it can be deadly. Doing the same things at the same times every day creates habits. It’s said it takes two weeks of repetition to make a behavior … Continue reading Stir Things Up: by Thonie Hevron
Suffering from in-between project blues? The soggy middle doldrums? Plain old writer’s block? Enter a writing contest! Contests can be a great way to rev up your muse. Think of them as the jumper cables to your stalled creative engine. And they’re fun! Continue reading Contests: Children’s Author Natasha Yim
Author–sponsored book giveaways are contests, too. Theoretically, free book giveaways, such as those sponsored by Goodreads, generate publicity for a book in several ways Continue reading Writer’s Contests: Do You Feel Lucky? By J.L. Greger
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by fellow Public Safety Writers Association author Michael O’Keefe. He asked me to read and review his debut novel, Shot to Pieces: A Novel. I told him that I would happily read it as it is a genre in which I write—police procedural, but I don’t do book reviews on my blog. Continue reading Breaking My Own Rule