Write What (and Where) You Know: Location as Character

by Heather Weidner Thank you so much for letting me visit. I’m Heather Weidner, and I write the Delanie Fitzgerald mysteries, Secret Lives and Private Eyes, The Tulip Shirt Murders, and Glitter, Glam, and Contraband. All are set in and … Continue reading

Breaking the Rules of Writing

Should an author ever break the rules of writing? How would mystery/romance author Jenna Harte answer this question? Is she a rule follower or a rebel? Read on and find out! Welcome, Jenna. When it comes to writing, not only … Continue reading

The Unanticipated Joys of Research

By Ellen Byerrum What if clothes were haunted like houses or locations? Could a dress be toxic enough to kill? How would someone dispatch a villain in a dying velvet factory? These may not be the nicest of questions, but … Continue reading

Research: Writing What You Don’t Know

Write what you know. Authors are frequently advised to do just that—except when we’re writing what we don’t know. Historical fiction is a case in point. I don’t expect that Ellis Peters had firsthand knowledge of Brother Cadfael’s 12th century … Continue reading