Five Tips for Self-Care When You Are Writing Difficult Topics

It can be difficult to write about some things, and some of us are drawn to writing about difficult things, but that doesn’t mean we need to suffer for our art. Here are five things to remember when you decide to write something that, one way or another, evokes intense emotions. Come up for air (or Netflix), but remember to go back in. I write dark shit. An entire collection about loss and grief, and […]

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Revising With Julie, Part Three: Getting Eyes On Your Work

Hello! I am doing a series that is all about revising books and I hope you’ll check out the other posts. This is the third part of the series, and you can find the first part here and the second part here.   Welcome back! Today I’m going to be talking about how to get eyes on your work. To lead in, I’d like to share some realities of getting published: Your book no longer belongs […]

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Building an Author Website Before the Agent and the Book

Stock photo via Pexels I talk about author websites on Twitter Dot Com fairly often (as do my rockstar friends Patrice Caldwell and Dahlia Adler, both of whom you should be following for brilliant advice), and for a good reason. As someone who is involved in the industry as an agent, they’re so wildly important. They serve as a landing page for you, as a writer. And down the line, when your book is out […]

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Revising With Julie, Part Two: My Process

Hello! I am doing a series that is all about revising books and I hope you’ll check out the other posts. This is the second part of the series, and you can find the first part here.   Today I’m going to be talking about exactly how I revise a book, from the moment I get an editorial letter to “The End.” I’m going to preface this post with the disclaimer I give every single […]

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Where Fact Meets Fiction: Writing Novels Based on Real Life Crimes

As an author of historical mysteries and thrillers, I am drawn to the darker side of the past and find that truth is often stranger than fiction. I search for unusual and unsolved cases of murder, corruption, and organized crime to center my novels. Including select portions of the historical record lends realism to what would otherwise be an overly sensational story. While I enjoy true-crime novels (my most recent obsession is I’ll Be Gone […]

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