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  • Readers' Questions

    Where Did Sloan Murray’s Character Come From?

    I’m starting a new series of posts where I answer readers’ questions about my books or the so called ‘writing life’. We’re starting the series with a good one: Where did Sloan Murray’s character come from? The quick answer is Celtic mythology.  But let me expand on that. The principal character in The Pharmacist’s Deadly Secret, Sloan, first appears in Xander’s Folly, the second book in The King’s Jewel series. That series revolves around the Celtic mythology of the four treasures of the Tuatha de Danann and the second book features Lugh’s Spear. In the world I created for my series, Sloan becomes the newest bearer of this mystical spear.…

  • General

    My Writer Besties

    Writing can be a lonely pursuit.  Talking to your friends and family about your work in progress is nice, and I did plenty of that, but they don’t really understand what you’re going through and eventually—although they would never say so—they get tired of hearing it. A couple of years ago I was at a spot in my writing career where I had published a few books and had made several connections with other authors at conferences and online. But I longed to connect with writers in my own backyard. To that end, I joined a local writers group, the Pocono Liars Club, which met at my local library. This…

  • Work in Progress

    Character Picture Board

    Characters are the most important element of any well-crafted story. So, not surprisingly, a lot goes into creating them. Many writers develop full histories and personality descriptions for even minor characters, including things like where they were born and details of their childhood—even though none of that information ever makes it into the story. And of course, authors need to consider the character's physical appearance. What color are their hair and eyes, what is their race? Are they short, tall, portly, skinny? Even a carefully chosen name can enhance the image the author is creating.