Victoria Heckman Speaks on Writing

Today, author Victoria Heckman answers 10 probing questions into how she writes, why she writes, and her writing journey. She has some surprising answers and a lot of good advice for all writers everywhere. Enjoy! What is the first thing you had … Continue reading

Book Signing This Sunday!

What a pairing…Crime and Wine! If you happen to have some free time on Sunday, May 29th, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., visit the Zaca Mesa Winery in Los Olivos, CA., (click on the Winery name for calendar, directions, etc.) and you’ll meet 10 … Continue reading

Letting Our Inner Critic Play

We all struggle with our annoying inner critic, so let’s give the critter free rein today. It might be interesting to see what happens if we turn our critic on someone else, let it rant about someone else’s foibles and … Continue reading

Finding the Strange, the Singular, the Quirky for Your Writing

Looking at things from a different perspective is the best way to find the strange, singular or quirky aspects that will make readers sit up and take notice. One way is to stop thinking like a human being. How? Try … Continue reading

Writing the Opposite Sex

We all need to write characters who are different from us. Even those who are the opposite sex. It takes a good stretch of the imagination to write convincing characters who are intrinsically the opposite of what we are familiar … Continue reading

From Person to Place

Just as places can be translated into memorable characters, so too can people be translated into unique settings for our stories. It’s all in taking a different perspective, so you find the extraordinary and singular aspects to add to your … Continue reading

From Pet To Person

Our pets truly become one of our family members, with their own personalities and quirks. If they were human, they’d be truly unique characters, wouldn’t they? And maybe make a terrific character for one of our stories. Think about one … Continue reading