writing craft

more of the tell-all interview

Deborah Bouziden: What is the most difficult thing about being a writer? What is the most rewarding? SW: The most difficult? The competitiveness of some writers and no, I’m not

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How do you plot a novel?

Deborah Bouziden: How do you plot? Use an outline? What are your most common plot problems and how do you handle them? Have you ever had a plot disaster or

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Fire!

Deborah Bouziden: Back in 2000/2001, you wrote a series of books with the Chicago Fire as a backdrop. Now in “Just Breathe,” Will is a fireman who is interested in

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humor in books

Deborah Bouziden and I have been talking all month! She asks the best questions: DB: You have such a unique sense of humor and that comes through in your books.

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learning from myself

So I’m struggling through the story synopsis on the next book, know up until now as “Lakeshore #7.” I have a title I love–The Summer Hideaway–and a fascinating cast of

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the crazy quilt method

So in our interview, Deborah Bouziden asked a key question. My answer is short, because it’s not going to work for every writer. DB: When creating your characters, how do

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writing from life

From the Deborah Bouziden interview: DB: In October, there was an incident involving a pair of hiking shoes. Writers know that everything that happens to them is fodder for the

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questions for writers

Oh, snap: “In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what

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cranky-gram

Deborah: You’ve judged romance writing contests for different organizations. What mistakes do you see writers making over and over again? SW: Flat, ordinary writing and a lack of global knowledge.

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cheap shot

She had to ask! From Deborah Bouziden: In one of your books, you killed a dog. You’ve said you would never do it again. Why not? SW: Yeah, I still

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