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Blurring the Lines Between Mystery and Magic

Originally published January 2010 Mystery writer Christy Evans is launching her own cozy mystery series about a lady plumber.  They are enormous fun.   The first book “Sink Trap” is available at all major bookstores. Reading Science Fiction or fantasy is work – part of my day job as a novelist who deals with dragons¸ magicians, demons,

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So You Want to Commit Novel: A Slap Dash Ending

Originally published July 2010 You’ve finally worked your way through the muddle in the middle and find yourself staring at the ending.  Whatever else is in the book, people remember the ending.  If it’s worth remembering. So why do some books fizzle at the ending?  Because the author ran out of words, or maybe because

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So You Want to Commit Novel: Muddle In The Middle

Originally published 7/1/2010 How many books have you read where the middle sags?  I mean the plot tends to wander off track, the characters act out of character.  We wade through wonderful but meaningless descriptions of the landscape, the buildings, vehicles, clothing, food, Mum’s fridge….  Nothing happens and we waste a lot of pages in

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