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Cathy Astolfo on Developing Background for your Novel

And now with all that frenzied blog tour stuff over, I can get back to thinking about the business and craft of writing. My pal, mystery author Cathy Astolfo, joins me today to guest blog about the research we have to do … Continue reading

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Background research in fiction

A police procedural doesn’t have to be accurate but it has to come off as accurate. Most authors  writing in this genre either come from a background in police work or law or they research like crazy, spending time with … Continue reading

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Plotting Murder

So far I’ve blogged about querying, character, dialogue, pretty much everything except plot. But plot is crucial to a good story. Great characters and sparkling dialogue move a plot forward. A weak plot won’t give them much to discuss. I start with … Continue reading

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