Pets: Ways to Include Animals to Enhance Your Fictional World

Using fictional pets in writing

I love writing pets into my stories. Not only is a great way to show a killer’s soft side, but they become important family members for the main characters. In my stories, I’ve used a Rottweiler, mastiff, and St. Bernard (MARRED and CLEAVED), a calico, tabby, and all-black cat (Wings…

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9 Ways To Build Suspense ~ Fiction Writing

9 Ways to Build Suspense

Last month, Staci Troilo wrote a fantastic post for Story Empire about four elements of a horror story. Which inspired this post. (UPDATE: This post inspired another Story Empire post. This time by Craig Boyack. Be sure to check it out!) I don’t write horror. Many readers think I do. But…

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Police Call Signs: How To Use Them In Your Fiction Writing

Police Call Signs

Chrys Fey, my guest today, certainly did her homework when she decided to use police call signs in her latest novel, 30 Seconds to Die. When writers research, their stories ring more true-to-life. I’ve built this blog with this notion in mind…to help save you time, and Chrys certainly delivers with this…

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Badass In Heels: Incapacitate Your Attacker

Badass in Heels: Thumb Gouge

While I’m busy editing/rewriting two sequels and attending book readings/signings I asked Officer X to add to my Badass In Heels series. Officer X is an active federal agent, which is why I protect his identity. Regular followers of the blog might remember his series: Crime Writer Boot Camp where…

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Crime Writing: Scene Structure and MRUs in Action

Crime writing: scene structure and MRUs

I’ve veered away from writing tips on this blog; there are far better teachers out there and a gazillion writing blogs. But lately, several writers have asked me how to write thrillers and mysteries that are nearly impossible to put down. *blush* I hate hearing that, don’t you? LOL My answer is always: study…

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Profiling 101: Breeding Monsters Among Mankind

Profiling 101: Breeding Monsters Among Mankind

I’m thrilled to have my buddy David Villalva here today. Some of you might know him from Story and Craft (now called www.davidvillalva.com). If you don’t follow his blog, I highly recommend it. David has a fantastic way of making you laugh out loud as he teaches the craft of storytelling. This post is classic David.…

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Writing Detectives: Learn From a Pro

Writing Detectives: Learn from a Pro

Struggling with writing detectives? Or maybe you want to dig deeper into your detective character. Either way, I’ve got a special opportunity for you. Some of you may remember a previous guest I had on the blog, Adam from WritersDetective.com. Adam works in Major Crimes on the West Coast. The…

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