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A Tale of Two Book Cover Designers

I have been blessed with a miracle: two talented cover designers for my mysteries. One fell into my lap, and the other I hired based on her previous work. Both have such talent.       According to Bowker’s annual report, over one million books were...

How Come You Don’t Have a New Book Out Yet?

In recent months, friends and readers have asked me this question, and I appreciate their concern. Behind the scenes, I know the answer, and I figure if I share it, you’ll understand a bit about the nature of the publishing business. I have been like the groundhog...

Curiosity and Writing

Nine years have passed since I first started asking people for information I could use in my books. At first, requesting information was a harrowing experience for me. How do I go about asking perfect strangers for some of their time and expertise? Should I call?...

A Novel Connection to Jigsaw Puzzles: Part the Last

I love it when an extended metaphor successfully works from beginning to end. Unfortunately, this is where my novel and puzzle connection totally fall apart. Once I finish a puzzle, it’s done. I might glue it and hang it on a wall or wrap it up in a puzzle holder or...

A Novel Connection to Jigsaw Puzzles: Part Three

I’m still working on my jigsaw puzzle, “Quilts for Sale,” by artist Tom Wood. Writing a mystery is a lot like working a puzzle. I’ve written about the thinking process, research, characters, backstories, and timelines. I’ve also filled in an overall structure and...

A Novel Connection to Jigsaw Puzzles: Part Two

Last week, I wrote about the preliminary steps in writing a mystery: coming up with an idea, thinking about the characters, imagining their back stories, and doing necessary research. Except for research, those steps involve mostly thinking. Research is a hands-on...

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