Loving My Leading Ladies

I’m in the closing days of prepping and cleaning and editing and revising my second novel. And I’ve suddenly realized I’ve fallen in love again with my heroine. Lucky me. I adored the first one, too. I think both woman are brave, gutsy, and determined.  Even when they don’t think they are.

Maybe this heroine fixation of mine stems from all those years of reading Nancy Drew books. Or maybe, deep down, I believe women are stronger than they give themselves credit for being. Who knows. I only know I enjoying telling their stories. And that’s true even though the two women aren’t much like each other.

School teacher Jessica Chase was my first heroine. Somewhat passive, fairly unsure of her strengths and skills, it takes an outside force and a friend to push dear Jess to her feet. My second heroine, Victoria Cross, is used to standing up for herself. She’s first introduced to the concept as a child by her four, male cousins. The idea is then reinforced by her marriage to a husband who is devoted to his work. This leaves her in a position where most family responsibilities fall on her shoulders.

Both women are forced to come to terms with their strengths and weakness after experiencing a murder. How else? After all, I am a mystery writer as well as parent to my beloved heroines.

My first mystery novel was Murderous Relations. The second one is Murderous Decisions. Murderous Relations is out and available at many select etailers. Murderous Decisions is due out any day now.

Stay tuned.

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Rusch Foresees Good Things for Indies

USA Today Best Selling Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is bullish on the future of print book sales for Indie Authors. That’s an abrupt turn around for Rusch, who along with her best-selling-author husband, Dean Wesley Smith, was ready to start a distribution network of their own for indies to access brick and mortar books stores only a few short months ago.

Read the full details at her blog: Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Once Written, Now Sold?

Beyond the challenge of writing the novel comes the uphill climb to sell what you write. You’ll find lots of advice to help you. And much of it’s worth reading. But few posts or even books match the straight talk of this post by Russell Blake. He writes thrillers. And isn’t shy about saying his goal is to sell what he’s written. I hope you find his views as published via his blog as worthy as I did.

And to all of you now struggling with a WIP, carry on!

A New Cover Now Tops my Ebook, Murderous Relations

I may not have written a post for a long time, but I have updated my ebook’s cover. The cover shown on the right side of your screen is the new one. I hope it looks okay.

I design all of my covers on a free graphics program called Gimp. I only have two other ebook covers out. Both are on shorter works. I created them ages ago and both are much more primitive than my latest effort. Experts say book covers are important. I hope this one hits its mark. Among my changes with this cover are the darkening of the cover’s base cover and the use of display fonts. Opinions are welcome. And thanks for the visit.

A Romantic Mystery Writer?

I’m currently working on my second novel, which has now morphed to a story titled Murderous Decisions. My heroine is battling her way through a host of issues, including a handsome attorney she’s recently met. Not the usual fare for mystery novels. But the romance angle is secondary to the mystery. Plus it’s part of the plot. And to make matter worse, Victoria Cross is married to a very nice guy.

So here’s today’s rough, unedited work. My only hope is that you enjoy it. The book’s working title is, Murderous Decisions.

Continue reading “A Romantic Mystery Writer?”

Thought for the day

He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

 St. Francis of Assisi

Gaga for this post

Rarely do I go gaga over a blog post, but not so with this post from Writer Unboxed. (Read it here.) I think it summarizes today’s publishing world in the best of all possible manners. Why, indeed, should one arm of the current publishing frenzy denigrate another? Who says we cannot mutually coexist or even flip from one side to the other? Why should all authors feel compelled to be socially active or even possibly overactive in our search for readers? Why can we not be ourselves? And if we’re the sort to feel most comfortable in our rabbit holes, ignoring the world at large, why can we not do that as well??

We can, according to the author of Writer Unboxed. We can be pantsters. or planners, or love to connect with people. or be private in the extreme.We can be traditionally published or willing to put ourselves forward on our own.  It’s all  our option. It’s the nature of today’s publishing world, says Writer Unboxed. And I’m with her all the way!

So, happy writing, happy reading! (For me it’s back to my third reading of The Hunger Games and its sister stories.)