April 7, 2020

A Friday the 13th Mystery in 13 days of plotting with 70 non-writer friends, followed by 13 days of drafting all by myself…my strategy against the ‘Rona virus

By Rolynn Anderson

(Readers: Please scroll to the bottom and track my e-mail messages from #1-#13!)

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Thank you...

March 21, 2020

Writers use comparisons to help readers revisit or understand unique life experiences.

Here are eleven comparative devices we know best, geared to our troubled times:

  1. Metaphor: COVID genomes are lethal ping-pong balls of contagion

  2. Simile (with personificat...

February 7, 2020

A novel is preternaturally neutral. It has no feelings though it is full of emotions; it does not judge the person who decides to open its pages.

The reader’s status in society, gender, heritage, handicap, age, IQ, attitude, aptitude, height, weight, and health, do not...

January 15, 2020

Wishes and Dreams: If Only You Had Known…

I attended a gigantic conference back in 2014 after I’d published a couple of books through Wild Rose Press. At an auction, I won an hour of time with Cherry Adair, a multi-published author who writes in my genre. One bit of adv...

December 9, 2019

I’m developing a conference proposal centered on being a writer/marketer of a ‘certain age.’ Now, I’ve been writing for twenty years, but I only started this journey when I was fifty-two. You do the math. Bottom line: I’m a Boomer. I’m being told I’m not OK.

Confused ab...

October 3, 2019

She’s all alone. She’s on her own.

Do these phrases frighten you

or energize you?

Those of us who write mystery/suspense novels often place our characters in settings that challenge them, push them, pull them…to survive.

In my new release, When Mountains Fall, I present C...

September 2, 2019

Every time a writer finishes a new novel and sends it out to readers, she holds her breath, hoping readers enjoy the story as much as she loved writing the book.

On tenterhooks, she waits for the first reviews and e-mail comments from those who delved into the fresh pl...

August 5, 2019

Lie Catchers: Welcome Home!

Writing any novel is a story in itself. Why am I writing this book? Where did the characters and plot come from? What makes its development such a tangled, fits-and-starts journey?

A few months ago when my publisher reverted the rights of the...

July 3, 2019

Last Resort is Reborn!

I learn something new every day, sometimes to the degree of epiphany! Listen to this story:

First: A neighbor who’d read eight of my books, bought Last Resort from me. She had yet to read Last Resort, my very first published novel (2011). I was a l...

June 12, 2019

Where do you create your art?  What do you like surrounding you when you compose? How does ‘place’ affect your art?

I’m lucky to be a writer, because I can create anywhere. My laptop computer is portable and so are the ideas in my head. Since I travel a lot, I must adap...

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