A reader’s question: How can I make a short storyline longer?

How to make a story longer when you’ve already figured out the storyline and it’s too short? It’s not easy but it can be done. I know because when I segued from short stories to novels I just about went crazy figuring out how to do exactly that. The answer isn’t to pad your scenes. …

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It’s still summer. And still warm. And secrets are still secrets.

The first of the Johns Falls series, Shh-- Don't Tell, was written over the course of almost a year because it was the first of the series and I didn't know Johns Falls all that well yet. Now I know the fictional town like the back of my hand and can take characters through it …

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A readers question: Should I write on a schedule or just when inspiration strikes?

Is it better to write at a set time or just when inspiration strikes? There’s no one right answer. When I first began writing, I make myself write every day starting at a set time and continuing until I ran out of steam. I did not enjoy it. Time passed and I found that I …

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A reader’s question: How do you base an antagonist on a real-life person without making that person recognizable?

How do I model a character after someone real without giving away their identity? Easy. Describe that person exactly as you know them without any specific, identifiable details. No names, dates, or anything else that will point directly to them. Don’t worry that your description itself will be a ‘give-away’ because everyone sees people differently …

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Question: What do you wish to see more of in young adult novels?

What would I like to see more of in New Adult novels? My answer? Everyday realism. Maybe that’s not what young adults are looking for when they choose a work of fiction to read and I understand completely that people often choose a different world to visit when they read a book. But you asked …

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