• Why Nine Points of View? Nine characters are a lot for readers to keep track of. They may find it more difficult to bond with a single character and stick with him or her throughout a novel. Despite these drawbacks, I decided to take a risk with this book and use multiple points of view (POV). Why? My purpose in this book ... Read more.
  • Writing Authentically Because the stories of Chet Ludington’s ancestors stretch from the time of Attila the Hun to the flapper era of the Roaring Twenties and beyond, I needed to make stylistic choices regarding the dialog: should I go for “authenticity” or ease of reading? On one hand, altering words and speech patterns too drastically could make ... Read more.
  • Tools for the Twenty-first Century Writer Writing is akin to acting. You have to put yourself in the place of the character you’re writing about and view the world and events through that character’s eyes. Only then will the character begin to become “real” for both readers and author. In the past, authors could understand their characters and settings through interviews ... Read more.
  • Epige-what? Epigenetics, simply put, is the study of genetic and inheritable alterations that occur without a change in the DNA sequence. It differs from genetics, which refers to an individual’s genetic make-up or the study of heredity. In contrast, epigenetics deals with the way genes are expressed as a result of outside factors. Still confused? Think of ... Read more.
  • On Family and Inspiration You may have heard about authors writing about people close to them—neighbors, friends, even close family members—and getting into trouble for it. Writers are warned away from such practices. Writing too intimately about someone you know personally with a story he’d rather not broadcast to the world can lead to problems. The result may not ... Read more.
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