WHAT’S IN A NAME?

In the course of writing almost seventy novels, I’ve learned the importance of a character’s name.  In the weeks before I start writing, I work to choose the right names for my hero and heroine.  It’s my way of getting to know them, the way I begin to figure out their identity. I like names… Read More

What a Wonderful Mess

There will not be a quiz . . . Magna Carta, I thought.  Give ‘em something mind-broadening—and put most of them to sleep.  Then I fell asleep going over this admittedly fascinating but stultifying document.   However, reading about Magna Carta led me to thinking about the lovely place created by the American Bar Association where… Read More

George Saunders, Salty Potatoes, and So Much More

by Sara Flynn We took the ferry into town. I visited my mom. Put on latex gloves and massaged her swollen, purple feet and legs, trying to get them to a more natural color. I filled up her candy bowls, and we sang. It was one of her better days. She remembered me. Was able… Read More

Making Your Story Believable

One of the best ways to make your story believable is to use real places to locate the action and the real names of restaurants and streets. Actually going there, of course, is the best way to make that happen. Or using places you went to at some other time in your life. In INTO… Read More

Bringing Back Familiar by Carolyn Haines

On a hot April day in Lower Alabama, I find myself drifting back in time to my beginning writing career. I’d been lucky enough to sell some books to Harlequin Intrigue, and my dream of being published in long form had been realized. But I also knew that I was just on the very beginning… Read More

Sign of the Times

My new psychological suspense novel, BONE WHITE (HarperCollins) hits store shelves this week, and I’m hoping my Florida readers near The Villages will come see me at 7 p.m. tonight at Barnes and Noble on Lake Sumter Market Square, 1055 Old Camp Road. With every release, I tend to reflect over a career that’s spanned… Read More

A Man Worth the Wait…

Readers have been asking me for years about the sexy and mysterious Scott Black, and I’m thrilled to finally share his story! AT CLOSE RANGE, the eleventh book in my New York Times bestselling Tracers series, hits book stores this week. As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows his way around… Read More

Crinolines and Carpetbags

by Deanna Raybourn One of the joys of writing historical fiction is the chance to read as much as you like on a pet subject—so much that you could easily bore your friends senseless on the topic. (Inviting writers to dinner parties is a risky proposition.) Over the years, I have acquired a set of… Read More

Use this “Sherlock” Skill to Make Really Smart Decisions

by Kate White For many years before I wrote mysteries full time, I worked in the magazine business as a writer, editor, and eventually editor-in-chief of five different magazines, including Cosmopolitan. Those days were not only incredibly fun and exciting, offering a chance to interact every day with fabulous co-workers, but there was a special… Read More