Sharing Our Hidden Secrets, The Ultimate Vulnerability

Sharing Our Hidden Secrets, The Ultimate Vulnerability

Our secrets, the ones we keep hidden too afraid to reveal to even our closest friends, can be our greatest stumbling blocks. There’s a part of us that yearns to be free from our emotional pain, if only a safe, empathetic avenue of exposure could be found. But reveal our secrets to friends and, even worse, strangers? Surely that is the hardest act of bravery an author could ever do!  I applaud those who are that brave, unafraid to expose their deepest, most life-shattering revelations. But…

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The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

A book review I wrote a couple years ago….  If you are a fan of horror fiction or just a lover of a good books from the dark side (aren’t they the same thing?) I strongly recommend reading THE EXORCIST by William Peter Blatty. In my opinion, like all good books, this one far exceeds the movie. In the book, you get to know Chris MacNeil, the adoring single mother/actress. My heart went out to Chris as she helplessly watched her loving, intelligent daughter become…

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“Our Intuition Comes From Innocence”

“Our Intuition Comes From Innocence”

“Our Intuition Comes From Innocence” – That was on my teabag this morning and as one who prides herself on her sense of intuition, it made me think… Does intuition truly come from innocence or does it come from someplace else? Experience? Observation? What do you think? When I look back at the times that, upon meeting someone new, I’d gotten a bad feeling, perhaps vibration, and that little voice inside me said, “Oh no, stay away from this one,” I…

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The Interviews Continue…

The Interviews Continue…

Upon inspiration of the essay by Tina Jens in ON WRITING HORROR, I have created a character sketch I am using much like an interview sheet. In my mind’s eye I invite my fictional characters into my office for an interview. So far it has worked like a charm. My questions are pretty much standard but the difference is it is not me who is answering the questions. They are.  My approach is that this is their story and I want…

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Getting to Know Your Characters

Getting to Know Your Characters

Another tidbit from a few years back that has changed my writing life forever…. In between the required reading in ON WRITING HORROR, I’ve been studying the various essays by the gifted writers enclosed within its pages. The latest nugget of wisdom came from Tina Jens titled “Such Horrible People.” Ms. Jens describes characterization in such a creative and entertaining way that not only have I soaked up her insightful words, but I do believe they have changed the way I write forever. Within her…

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Review: Autumn in the Abyss – Author John Claude Smith

Review: Autumn in the Abyss – Author John Claude Smith

This Review was originally published May 2014: John Claude Smith never ceases to amaze, delight and shock me as he pushes the limits of both his ingenuity and his ability to see the world through unique eyes. Autumn in the Abyss, John Claude Smith’s newest collection of dark stories, is a perfect example. I found each of the five stories compelling and entertaining though in ways truly as unique as the stories themselves.    The first story, Autumn in the Abyss, about…

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The Definition of Closure

The Definition of Closure

I just finished the first draft of The Gathering (working title) the horror novel I started writing before My Father’s Magic took over my life. The story first came to me while living in an apartment in a small town south of Tucson. Our many walks around the complex were often interrupted by what I can only believe were ghosts. Patches of cold air to be followed by “things” hurrying up behind us, “things” only I could hear, and were not there…

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When Writing…. A Good Rule of Thumb

When Writing…. A Good Rule of Thumb

When writing a story, you are your own best immediate gauge of how good it is. Does it excite you, hold your interest and keep you on edge? Are you emotionally invested in your story to the point of potential embarrassment? If not, then you need to either change it or start over. If you don’t have an emotional reaction to your story, your readers won’t either. Here is one of my favorite quotes, one I keep on the wall…

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This Writer’s Life… Thank you, Mr. Bradbury!

This Writer’s Life… Thank you, Mr. Bradbury!

Another day in this writer’s life and my novella, that had started as a poem and then a short story, is at 24K words and still growing… And so I type on, recording what unfolds inside my head. My first character, an orphan, is now sharing her story with three other children. Their lives moving in parallel, their “worlds” exist near the fictional setting of my novel, My Father’s Magic. This was not planned…it seems my inner writer is far more clever than I am… So, with that in mind, I close with…

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