Category Archives: characters

From the Mighty Mississippi to the Grand River

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “If you were asked to rewrite/modernize a classic novel, which one would you want to adapt?”  As I’ve mentioned before, I really haven’t read many classic novels. I read a few in high school (mainly the … Continue reading

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In the Groove

“How do you stay inspired to write a story set in a time and or place that’s totally different from where you are?” I don’t usually have that trouble as long as I am able to get the sit and … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Kings

Actually, it is one King. Or, one could argue, nine Kings or more. As readers and my colleagues here know, I am a fan of Stephen King. I do not usually recommend his work to people, however. The reason for … Continue reading

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Reviewing The Dogs of War

A Novel by Frederick Forsyth Review by Jeff Salter Premise of the novel: “A British mining executive hires a group of mercenaries to overthrow the government of an African country so that he can install a puppet regime that will … Continue reading

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Towing the Line

“If one — and only one — of your stories would be adapted for the silver screen, which one would you select? Would you prefer to write the screenplay… or just watch from the sidelines while the studio uses whoever … Continue reading

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Only One for the Money

…Only One for the Show? [How to Select only ONE of My Titles for the Screen] By Jeff Salter Topic: If one – and only one – of your stories would be adapted for the silver screen, which ONE would … Continue reading

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Writers Block Themselves

Our Monday Fox asked: What are some ways you deal with writer’s block?I can tell you how others don’t deal with it. The inability to finish a story, to get past a plot hole, to link one set of happenings … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer]

Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer] I picked up Alexa Kang’s “Shanghai Story” for something a little different to read.I had no idea just how different it would be. It is the bravest piece of work that I have … Continue reading

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Reviewing a Childhood Classic

The Original Text of Boxcar Children By Jeff Salter On one of the FB groups (I belong to) where some of the “old-time” children’s series books are discussed, someone recently mentioned something about the original Boxcar Children series having been … Continue reading

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Unskilled Labor of Love

The actual question of the week was one that I posed: “Do your characters tend to have skills that you have yourself? Do you write about people who do things that you wish that you could manage?” The answer to … Continue reading

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