Sympatico

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For the last couple of days I’ve been watching Wanted (yeah, it’s a KDrama—what of it?). Mostly by the end it was a hot mess (flyaway story threads that were never quite resolved, inconsistent characterisation, inconsistant and shifting morals/application of those morals) but it had so many good things about it and was so riveting to […]

“Introducing the Players”

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I can’t remember if I’ve talked about Nero Wolfe before. If I haven’t, please excuse me while I hyperventilate in disbelief, because Nero Wolfe is flamin’ amazing. “Book or T.V. Nero Wolfe?” you ask me. “Both,” is my reply. “Both, my sprightly word-lover.” My first introduction to Nero Wolfe was in book form, with Rex […]

Creating Worlds: Making up Montalier

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Okay, so technically, Montalier is not a world. It’s a country within a world. But creating worlds sounds so much better than making up countries, so I’m running with it. I created Montalier for my novella TWELVE DAYS OF FAERY, the first in my SHARDS OF A BROKEN SWORD trilogy. Besides being the home of one of my favourite characters, […]

Isabella Farrah (and other parts of me)

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There is a question every author will be asked–oh so many times!–during their career. That question is: “How do you come up with your characters?” Its cousin is: “Are you going to put me in one of your books?” The answer to the second question is: “That depends. Are you an awful person/have you been […]

Inferiority Complex

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We’re writers. We’re meant to be at least slightly neurotic. But there’s that day, every so often, when we’ll be reading a good book. I mean a really good book: solid to fantastic plot, fascinating characters we fall in love with and weep for, and the absolute perfect pacing; all wrapped in a superbly crafted structure. You take a […]

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