Category Archives: Characters

The Magic of Writing

The Capital Crime Writers had a function last night and Toronto guest author Howard Shrier spoke about how he writes. Apparently, he takes a notebook (or two or three) and writes down his thoughts over a long period of time. … Continue reading

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It all depends on perspective…

Despite being crazy busy, I managed to find the time to take a quick look at a manuscript sent to me by another aspiring author. It’s the second time in recent weeks that I’ve read the first few pages of … Continue reading

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Going with the flow …

I’m in the process of writing a third novel which, like the second, has action set in two countries. This time, I have detectives working on parallel cases without realizing they’re related. It’s raised some interesting challenges because I wanted … Continue reading

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Why we haven’t finished our novels …

I love The Onion. It’s a satirical take on the news that never fails to make me laugh. Here is The Onion’s take on “why I haven’t finished my novel.” My favourite? “Have already mined every aspect of being a goddamned … Continue reading

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Where do those characters come from?

One of my colleagues at work read my draft manuscript for The Beggar’s Opera and said it gave him a really strange feeling knowing I was the author. “These characters aren’t you at all, Peggy,” he said, “and yet you … Continue reading

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Character Development

An interesting post by author Mark Billingham on how he never really knows where his character (a London detective in a series) is going until he gets there. I totally agree with him. I know authors who plan out the … Continue reading

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Describing Characters

Wow, crazy week. I’m in the midst of revisions to The Beggar’s Opera (about a third of the way through the first cut) but things have been incredibly hectic, which means I’ve been working away on the manuscript whenever I have a … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Writing a Series

Back to a post focussed on writing! For the last few weeks, this blog has meandered around a bit, probably because I’m in the midst of my own version of writer’s block. Hard to advise aspiring authors on how to … Continue reading

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