Animal characters are created in all genres, either in cartoon-like or realistic forms. They may be walking, talking substitutes for human characters, or reality-based beings that may or may not be augmented with special abilities. No matter how you incorporate an animal into your story, they should be a memorable character.… Read the post
Every writer dreams of developing characters who continue
to lurk in a reader’s memory long after the story is over. Memorable characters,
well-rounded dynamic beings who grow and change over the course of a book, will
make a great story even better.… Read the post
I firmly believe that while readers sometimes do connect with our stories, they more often fall in love with our characters. If we want to really pull readers in, we’ve got to make each protagonist relatable and easy to connect with.… Read the post
As an author of historical fiction, my work must—almost by definition—begin with a concept. Am I going to write a gritty saga about the women who flew as combat pilots for Russia in the Second World War (I did and it was great fun)?… Read the post
In Back to the Future, Marty McFly's mother's kid brother asks "What's a re-run?"
Marty replies, "You'll find out."
Pop quiz: What was on TV when Marty said that?
I am old enough to remember that if I missed an episode of "77 Sunset Strip" (BTW if in your mind you heard the "snap-snap" from the theme song you are my kind of people), I'd have to wait for a summer re-run.… Read the post