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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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Pitching Historical Romance Series (and Small Presses)

There is one genre convention in romance that may never be broken: the happily ever after. Hearts must flutter at the close or heads will roll (or both, in the case of my Tudor books). But how do you pull off a romance serial—following the same two lovers—in which each novel features a happily ever after, yet keeps the story going, and is set in a different time period? I faced this conundrum while writing […]

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A Late Bloomer’s Bumpy Road To Publication

My debut novel officially releases this month, one month from a Very Significant Birthday for me. I’ve been writing seriously since I was twenty-five, a lifetime ago. My long route to publication might scare younger writers, but it shouldn’t. Some people bloom late, and this is work that must be given the time it needs. In my late twenties, I used my first novel manuscript to apply to a number of MFA programs. I didn’t […]

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Switching Genres

There’s no shortage of articles examining the pros and cons of switching genres. But while I’ve found that many of these essays discuss moving from literary to commercial fiction or vice versa, there are decidedly fewer resources for writers who have achieved a measure of success in a well-defined genre but are itching to try something new. Every change in our lives offers the opportunity to learn and grow. Often, however, these changes come with […]

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Navigating the Switch Between Prose Novels and Graphic Novels

Comics were always my first love. I never imagined myself writing prose, but when I was having trouble selling my first graphic novel I decided to dip my toes into the wordy waters. I flirted with YA novels for a little while and found some success there, but I couldn’t let comics go. Determined as ever, I jumped, full-on cannonball style, back into the world of sequential art. And I am having so much fun. […]

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