Category Archives: Characters

Makeover Queen: When hairdressers go bad

Makeover Queen by Jennifer Stevenson

I actually had a hairdresser once who really was pretending to be gay to avoid his ex-wife. While I didn’t find his act particularly convincing, I did wonder what he had going on that his ex couldn’t stay away from.  Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Wants Good Airplane Reads

But first, a little discussion As it is still winter, and the upcoming trip to sunny Cape Town is two weeks away, all I have is listening and looking for hints of spring. Signs are here, in the garden, and … Continue reading

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Some ideas echo

Some words resonate far more than their user intends. “Nevertheless, she persisted,” did that with me. I live on the other side of the world from the US, but I live in a capital city and I’ve seen those attitudes … Continue reading

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Meeting Emma and Gillian

“Did GG’s stuff include a scrapbook?” “There’s one of those late Victorian scrapbooks, with poems and pasted pictures. Is that what you mean?” In my debut novel for Book View Café, The Wizardry of Jewish Women, a scrapbook appears. “This … Continue reading

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The Romance of Violence

Over the last I’m not sure how many years, I’ve noticed a shift in violence in books. I tend to read romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and all fantasy, plus some other stuff. What I’ve noticed is a growing comfort with … Continue reading

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My Favorite Characters

Lately I’ve been asked several times who my favorite character is in Her Mother’s Daughter. Particularly, I’m asked about the fictional characters, because the historical figures are who they were and I must portray them as believably themselves. But with … Continue reading

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Dreams and Ideas and What ifs

I’ve gone through periods when I did not know if I’d ever get another writable idea. Since most writers are magpies, crows, and jays, and as such we collect shiny bits and pieces and tuck them away in our mental … Continue reading

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Why do characters… #4:Why do characters love?

Love is one of the guiding principles of the human condition. Things have been done in the name of love – both great things and evil things – that defy explanation, or rationalization. Love is what love is, and when … Continue reading

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Revisiting the past. Sort of.

It’s spring break. Last Friday, my son and a friend decided to do a movie marathon of The Lord of The Rings trilogy. One of his friends had never seen it. I can’t remember if my son had seen it … Continue reading

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Coed Demon Sluts: cover reveal #5

Omigod, you guys, I am so thrilled with this sketch for the cover of the final Coed Demon Slut novel that I have to share! My cover guy, Mark Collins of Mark C. Collins Illustrator, normally illustrates kid’s books, but he … Continue reading

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