Category Archives: characters

The Good(?) Doctor

I was hard-pressed with family, plus behind in getting out interviews,(so they are slow coming in), and also hard-pressed to find a book to review whose author is not A) a former guest B) a future guest or C) the … Continue reading

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Geared For the Grave

A Cycle Path Mystery — Book 1 Another Comedic Novel by Duffy Brown By Jeff Salter Duffy Brown is a Grade-A HOOT — in the finest definition of that term… and she’s one of the most generous and reader-involved authors … Continue reading

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‘Eager’ to Read

“Have you revisited an old favorite book/movie? How did it change for you as you got older?” As I have often mentioned here, we are watching more movies than ever and many are old favorites. Some are one that I … Continue reading

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Words to Warm My Heart

This week’s topic was one that I proposed: “What are the nicest or most inspiring things people have said or written about your writing? How did it affect you?” When I first started writing and blogging, I had a few … Continue reading

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If the Boot Fits…

This week we have been re-imagining fairy tales. Most of the fairy-tale known widely in America are originally German, because of the Grimm Brothers, who traveled throughout their part of Europe collecting, and then publishing, folk stories. There are many … Continue reading

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POP Go the References

When we were discussing advice to young, new or would-be writers, I omitted some pieces of advice. One is: Avoid ‘pop’ references. As far as I am concerned, they age your work and make it seem irrelevant very quickly. Of … Continue reading

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Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman

Since the first time I saw it on TV as a teenager, one of my favorite movies has been “Inn of the Sixth-Happiness”, with Ingrid Bergman, Curt Jürgens and Robert Donat.  I bought a VHS tape of it when as … Continue reading

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Slices of Life

Question: Have you ever used real-life experiences in your writing? Answer: Often. I have a very good imagination. I can write about experiences which have never crossed my path. I’ve had them published and I have received awards, but… with … Continue reading

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Just in Fortuna

Have you used something that happened to you in real life in any of your stories? Did you change it at all? As a rule, I mostly use my imagination in my stories. Sometimes one of the characters might like … Continue reading

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Yes, That Really Happened

Our question for this week is, “Have you used something that happened to you in real life in any of your stories? Did you change it at all?” I’ve often remarked that each of my female protagonists shares something with … Continue reading

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