Character Development Part 6

Let’s talk about character goals a bit more and look at things from a different perspective. Remember that your character needs goals. They need the thing they need. They want the thing they want. Ideally, these two things (the need and the want) confl...

Character Development Part 5

What does your character want? You will need to consider each character in your story and figure that out. It’s the goal, the want, the need, the urgency, that will make or break your novel. Think about it. Have you read a book where the character’s go...

Character Development Part 4

Character Development Part 4 We’ve been talking about how to make sure your characters are three-dimensional people rather than Flat Stanley. We have been chatting about the four things that readers learn from novels. Who What Why Why Not You know who ...

Kirkus Reviews Deadly Focus!

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Chasing the truth about her uncle’s death, a gutsy television news photographer uncovers corruption and finds love in this debut thriller.

On assignment covering a man threatening to leap from atop a Hollywood hotel, Lucy Vega, a photographer for a local TV news station, realizes she knows the potential jumper. Naked and high on meth, Gary Mercer, the station’s former head of photography, comes off the ledge thanks to Lucy’s coaxing. Safely inside but crazed, he admits to Lucy a past crime—his mother didn’t die because of a fall; he murdered her by throwing her down the stairs. Afterward, he denies his confession and turns on Lucy because she knows the truth. Read More

An Interview with Sue Hinkin. Her first novel, Deadly Focus, is scheduled to be released April 1st.

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Can you describe what your book is about in one sentence?  
When Los Angeles news photographer Lucy Vega’s uncle, a formidable Hispanic businessman, is killed in a car accident in Malibu during a violent el Niño storm, Lucy and reporter-colleague Beatrice Middleton, are out to prove murder.

This Vega & Middleton novel is the first in a series featuring the partnership between two very different women in the news business who are friends, colleagues, occasionally foes, but ultimately, family.

If you read Michael Connolly, Robert Crais or Tess Gerritson’s Rizzoli & Isles, you will enjoy this action-packed series.

What is the theme of Deadly Focus? Read More

An Interview with Linda Joffe Hull

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Linda Joffe Hull’s new book Over the Moon is available January 1, 2018.

Can you describe what your book is about in one sentence?

After Sunny gives birth to her second child, she comes across evidence that her husband may be having an affair and is forced to re–examine the man she married, the life they’ve created together, and herself.

What is the theme of Over The Moon?

Even Happily Ever After comes with its own set of unique challenges and unexpected issues.

How do you develop your plots and characters?

My characters and plots find me. By that, I mean, when I am compelled by a person, idea, or a story enough that I feel the need to write about it, they (or it) seems to just appear in my head. Read More

Character Development Part 3

There are four things that readers learn when they read your book. Who What Why Why not We’ve been working on the who part for a few weeks now with the goal of populating our novels with characters that feel like real people rather than cardboard throw...