"Both are important. I care about characters a tiny bit more than I care about the plot -- after all, if I don't care about the characters, I'm not likely to care what happens to them either -- but I find both to be important."
"I have to admit there are a couple of writers who I consider candy, and they are character driven with soso stories, or occasionally good plots, but I LOVE the characters. The Cat Who books are in that category. She is fun, best-selling,…"
"As a playwright, characters may be more important than one would think.
The following statements are my own opinion:
I have noticed that women (not all) tend to write what I call, "cause plays". The characters are just instruments of what…"
"Good question, Michelle. I write a series and often find my minor characters showing up again when I hadn't planned on using them. I like it when that happens and I've learned to pay attention when they coming knocking. "
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
I write the Sydney Lockhart mystery series and the Classic Triviography Mystery Series. My nonfiction book The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story (September 2012: University Press of Florida) has been nominated for the George Perkins Marsh Award for environmental history.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Texas Highways magazine
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Plays, Journalism, Blog Posts, Screenwriting
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Services I offer to other writers:
I can offer advice on social networking, mystery mysteries, and contacting agents and editors (writing queries).
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Murder Must Advertise, Cozy Mystery Writers
My professional associations:
Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Fidalgo Island Writers Guild, Skagit Valley Writers League
Stop by if you have a chance. August 13 would have been Alfred Hitchcock's 113 birthday. What if Hitchcock's more psychotic characters ended up in therapy together? Discover what happens to Norman Bates and Marnie Edgar.…
Welcome to the novelist group, Kathleen. If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion.
We do a live chat at 1 EST on the first Wednesdays of each month, with instructions on how to participate in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread and to published books in the “Our Published Novels” one.
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I plan on losing a couple of pounds this Pesach by giving up carbs during the holiday.
Now I know it sounds impossible. Between the matzo and the macaroons, the Jell-rings and the fruit slices and the…"
"With punctuation, especially commas, it seems to be subjective. I've seen copy editors who say one thing, and then proofreaders negate the same thing. It is really complicated, because we want to please our readers, and make sure that those who…"