Susan Mallery | What do our characters wish for?

In the last hours before college graduation, I was saved from life as an accountant by a continuing education course titled "How to Write a ...

Christy Reece | How a Wish Became a Series

People often ask writers where they get their ideas. Many can answer about how a particular incident or thought popped into their head and they ...

Linda Bilodeau | OH Those Intriguing Characters

I'm often asked about the characters who live in my stories. Are they based on someone I know? Is there a little of myself in these ...

Darlene Gardner | Secondary Romances

Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley. Willow and Oz. Betty and Barney Rubble.You've probably figured out by now what the couples from the book Pride and ...

Sandi Kahn Shelton | Finding Characters

One of the most fun things about writing a novel (or as my uncle put it, “telling lies for profit”) is coming up with characters. People are ...

Candace Havens | Secrets and Siblings

I grew up an only child, and I really liked it. (Smile) Except for the fact that I love to play board games and cards, and I didn’t always ...

Sandra Ruttan | Imaginary Friends

I was staring at the wall, my hands still. My partner assumed I was taking a break and started talking to me."Be quiet! There are voices talking ...

Lisa Jackson | The Real Dirt on LEFT TO DIE

People ask me why I decided to set a new series in Montana. After all, I've pretty much settled into New Orleans. Well, the truth of the matter ...

Christina Meldrum | When a Plot and Its Characters Collide

How does a writer create a story with a compelling plot AND compelling characters? This was a question I asked myself throughout my writing of ...

Patti O’Shea | Risky Business

One of the things that satisfies me most about writing is exploring the characters’ fears, their hopes, and dreams. Each book has had ...

Karen Harrington | When a man loves a woman…who murders

When a central character is still deeply in love with someone you and I would judge harshly, for, say, murder, that presents a challenge for the ...

Linda Wisdom | Are you like the character you write and read?

I’ve been told that Jazz, the witchy heroine in 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover and I are very much alike. So let’s look at the similarities.Jazz ...

Susan Whitfield | Tangled in seaweed and Testicles?

Genesis Beach, my first novel (published in 2007) tells the story of an investigative intern on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, who is trying ...

Nancy Haddock | Invisible Friends: A Play Day with Characters

As a reader, don’t you just love finding characters you’d like to have as friends? Or for back up if life got down right dangerous? Or, ...

Dianne Castell | North or South… Which one are You?

One of the reasons I wrote Hot and Bothered (Kensington BRAVA April 08) was to set a book in the South and not just geographically but in ...

Diana Holquist | What Makes You Mad?

Some writers start their books with a character they love. Others start with plot. Then there are the folks who look to the market to see ...