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What’s in a Name? On Naming Characters

Naming a character, especially the main character of a story, is one of the hardest things a writer does. Oh, sometimes a name pops into your head and you build a story around it. Usually, the story and a character … Continue reading

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The Morelville Mysteries Quick Guide

The Morelville Mysteries are a series of three – soon to be four – books about the fictional cases of county Sheriff Melissa ‘Mel’ Crane and, to a slightly lesser extent in the first few books, her romantic love interest … Continue reading

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5 Harsh Realities of Setting a Story in a Hick Town

Morelville is a hick town. It’s a figment of my imagination based, in part, on the real life tiny, unincorporated village (population around 400) that I live in. This imaginary rural place is set in the heart of the very … Continue reading

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The Places Characters Take You – Hitched and Tied

The best-made outline for a novel – or, in my case, the best-made template for one – sometimes gets sidetracked by where the characters take the author. For example, when I first contemplated the story line for Book 2 in the … Continue reading

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Countering “Hey, I don’t like what you wrote about me!”

Okay, I admit it, I use real people as the models for some of the people in my stories. My two leading ladies in my Morelville Mysteries series for example, are based on myself (very loosely) and on my spouse … Continue reading

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Character Profile – Special Agent Dana Rossi

Dana Marie Rossi – Dana to her family and friends and ‘Dana Marie’ to her mother when she’s angry –  is a 34 year old Special Agent with the United States Customs and Border Protection Service. She’s about 5’6″, and a … Continue reading

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