The writer life: Why crime fiction?

While at my first few book signings in 2018 and 2019, I was surprised how often I was asked if my book was nonfiction or based on a true story. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have been surprised. In the Texas Panhandle, my […]

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The writer life: Story structure

Story structure is among the myriad decisions a writer makes when composing a novel. This subject is top-of-mind for me as I construct the first draft of my third novel, a sequel to Let the Guilty Pay, which I’ll get to in […]

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The writer life: To plot, or not to plot?

Few issues are as divisive among novelists as deciding whether ’tis nobler to suffer through an outline or to attack the blank page without a plan. Unlike some aspects of the craft and process of writing, analyzing the propensity of mega bestsellers […]

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The writer life: Impostor syndrome

Am I a real writer? It’s a question that seems to nag most of us. The answer, of course, is if you’re writing. Anything. For anyone, including yourself. A writer is one who writes, with our without expectations. Then many of us […]

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The writer life: Do you write every day?

Editor’s note: This is the first in a weekly series in which I quickly discuss my writing life. Topics will vary, and I’m not ever trying to provide a one-size-fits-all answer or approach. There’s a contingent of authors who believe that any […]

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