Category Archives: Writing

Glorious, complicated, perverse English language

As an English speaking person, I take the vagaries of the English language for granted.  I can only imagine how difficult it must be to learn English as a second language.  It would seem that for every rule there is an … Continue reading

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Some challenges of being a writer (Guest post by attorney/novelist, Steve Clark)

Writing a novel is hard work.  Hard work that some authors make look easy, but it is hard all the same.  Today on Fictionophile I have the privilege of hosting a guest post by attorney/novelist Steve Clark, the author of … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Writing a Mystery/Thriller by Ann W. J. White, M.Ed.

Originally posted on Mystery Thriller Week:
Mystery literature is undergoing a resurgence with the American public. We find ourselves in need of a good story where the protagonist undergoes a journey, perhaps of faith, family, or reaction to something that…

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Series to savour 2 – P.D. James’s Dalgliesh mysteries

The late Phyllis Dorothy James was a prolific novelist who was constantly honing her craft right up to her death at age 94 years.  Her love of words and description shines through her many novels.  She was the recipient of … Continue reading

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“The couple next door” by Shari Lapena

This seems to be the year for debut novels that are very well crafted.  “The couple next door” is a riveting suspense novel that keeps readers turning the pages frantically to follow the plight of its characters.  With a fast-paced plot … Continue reading

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Researching a historical novel (Guest post by Andrew Joyce)

My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I would like to thank Lynne for allowing me to be here today to promote my latest, Yellow Hair, which documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation … Continue reading

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“Under the harrow” by Flynn Berry

An outstanding debut thriller, “Under the harrow” is a ‘harrowing‘, disturbing, yet compelling read with a twist that is more like a hairpin curve. Nora Lawrence is a writer whose day job is working for a landscape designer. We first … Continue reading

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“The murder of Halland” by Pia Juul

What a clever, enigmatic, and disorientating book! Bess is a writer.  A grieving, eccentric, bizarre writer who drinks more than she writes. Her husband Halland has been shot. The story is told solely from Bess’s point of view.  Since she … Continue reading

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20 Questions – interview with novelist Louise Jensen

I just finished reading “The Sister“, so I was delighted that Louise Jensen has agreed to answer some of my questions. Thanks Louise, both for your time and consenting to this interview. F: How long did it take to get … Continue reading

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20 questions – interview with novelist Susie Steiner

Susie Steiner has graciously consented to an interview! She shares some of her thoughts on the writing process, her inspiration for her great new novel “Missing, Presumed“,  AND has given me many more titles to add to my own TBR! … Continue reading

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