“A Read of Substance”

On a whim, I happened to check out Amazon tonight and was pleasantly surprised to find a five-star review of Scrubs, the first book in my series. Made my day.

“I was a big fan of the TV series Scrubs and picked up the book because of the title. Similar to the TV series, this book combines personal dramas and conflicts with the field of medical studies. There is an appeal in the world of Doctors, the medical profession and the impact of it on the individual. There are also many other side issues in this, and great romance. Quite a comprehensive read this is very enjoyable and a read of substance.”

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Storytelling Quotes from Great Writers

A little inspiration via Nicholas Rossis

This is a guest post by Lucy Adams of BuzzEssay, who prepared this fine infographic. Storytelling Quotes from Great Writers Books are much more than just means of communication. They are sources of…

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Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Indifference

Might have to invest in this book: Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings via Nicholas Rossi.

“Last month, I mentioned the launch of Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, here is the next installment from the book. It lists beats you can use…”

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How To Write Back Blurb For Your Book | The Creative Penn

Currently going through this, and I’m convinced that book blurbs will be the death of me.

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Too many authors write a story synopsis for their back blurb. Joanna Penn will show you how to do it right.

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You pick up a book because the cover or title looks interesting. The next thing you do is read the back blurb, or if you are online, you read the first excerpt which is usually the same thing. At basics, the back blurb is a sales pitch. It has to be almost an exaggeration of your story that entices the reader to buy, or at least download a sample to their Kindle or iPad. How do you write good back blurb? This is a list of what featured most often from a number of bestselling thrillers reviewed as research from

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Meet the Characters – Part 10

Today you will meet Nathan’s best friend, Mike Lynott.

Full name:  Michael (Mike) Lynott

Age: 18

Physical Description: 6’8″, 215 pounds. Lean, athletic build.

Hometown:  Kirkland, WA

Family:  Only child, but doesn’t get along with his parents. Spends more time with his friends than his family.

Education:  Currently a senior at Lake Washington High School. On the varsity basketball team. Struggles to maintain minimum grade point average required by athletes.

Career Goals:  Uncertain. Wants to attend college and pursue a Health degree.

Hobbies:  basketball, video games, water skiing, hiking through the woods

Favorite things:  basketball, camping, cheeseburgers, getting out of the house as often as possible, hanging out with friends

Favorite Places: the woods, the lake, arcades, and the basketball court

Music Preference: Rock, Heavy Metal

Relationship Status:  Depends on the month

Weaknesses:  Opinionated. Tends to jump into romantic relationships too quickly and has difficulty maintaining meaningful relationships with the opposite sex. Takes rejection hard.

Pet Peeves:  Nosiness. Doesn’t like being told what to do.

Character traits:  Develops strong connections with select few. Dedicated and loyal to those he trusts and only reveals personal information to his closest friends. Has a competitive spirit and works well with others, but can’t handle negative confrontation.

For other character bios, see links below.

Jane     Randy     Jim     Bruce    Mandy    Greg    Nathan    Gabby    Lauren    Lacy

Meet the Characters – Part 9

We continue to meet the characters of Beyond the Hardwood.  Today I introduce you to Nathan’s girlfriend, Gabby.

Full name:  Gabriella (Gabby) Renee Pervis

Age: 17

Physical Description: 5’1″, 108 pounds. Petite, athletic figure. Sapphire blue eyes and golden blonde hair.

Hometown:  Kirkland, WA

Family:  Only child of a single mother.

Education:  Currently a senior at Lake Washington High School. On the varsity cheerleading squad. Wants to attend the University of Washington and hopefully make it on the coed cheer team. Good at grammar and spelling, but does not like Math or Science.

Career Goals: To be an Elementary teacher.

Hobbies:  cheer, gymnastics, dancing, water skiing, arts and crafts

Favorite things:  cheering, tumbling, M&Ms, Diet Coke, watching Nathan on the basketball court, hanging out with friends, walks on the beach, and comfortable shoes

Favorite Places: dance clubs, a gymnastics mat, being on the sidelines of a football field or basketball court, cheer camp, the waterfront

Music Preference: Dance/ club music, Pop Rock

Relationship Status:  Committed

Weaknesses:  Poor relationship with her mother and constantly battles to gain independence. Overly sensitive to criticism and tends to trust people she shouldn’t.

Pet Peeves:  Gossip, unjust treatment, arrogance, and cliquey people who are unwilling to accept others for who they are.

Character traits:  Bubbly personality. Cheerful disposition. Spunky and energetic. Gets along well with others and fits in with most social groups. Patient, kind, and very tolerant of others’ beliefs. Although she’s competitive and has a high self-esteem, she sometimes struggles with self-confidence.

For other character bios, see links below.

Jane     Randy     Jim     Bruce    Mandy    Greg    Nathan    Mike    Lauren    Lacy    Roger    Max

Meet the Characters – Part 8

With the  release of book 3 in my series, Beyond the Hardwood, drawing nearer, I would like to introduce you to some of the new characters you will meet in this book.  I’ll begin with Nathan.

Full name:  Nathan James Hanson

Age: 18

Physical Description: 6′1, 185 pounds. Muscular, athletic physique. Charcoal grey eyes and brown hair.

Hometown:  Kirkland, WA

Family:  Oldest child of a prominent OB/GYN.  Father’s name is Dr. Randal Hanson.  Mother is Jane Hanson. Has two younger twin sisters, Lauren and Lacy.

Education:  Currently a senior at Lake Washington High School.  Plays point guard on the varsity basketball team. Wants to play in the NCAA for the University of Washington. Is dyslexic and speaks fluent Spanish.

Career Goals: To get accepted into college, hopefully on a basketball scholarship, and major in Biology. Eventually plans to attend medical school. Has career aspirations of being a doctor like his father and grandfather before him.

Hobbies:  Fishing, basketball, water skiing, snow skiing, hiking, photography.

Favorite things:  basketball, classic cars, food in any form, Mom’s cookies, watching his girlfriend cheer, hanging out with friends, traveling, anything that has to do with Science and History.

Favorite Places: the beach, Lake Washington, Science and History museums, being on a basketball court

Music Preference: Rock

Relationship Status:  Committed

Weaknesses:  Dyslexic. Not a good writer and a painfully slow reader. Knows nothing about romance, although it isn’t from lack of trying. Sometimes plagued with severe self-doubt and has difficulty balancing his responsibilities.

Pet Peeves:  Gossip, drama, and people who are mean to others.

Character traits:  Excels at Math and Science. Strong people skills. Respectful to authority, but doesn’t always follow rules. Natural leader. Dedicated student athlete, hard-working, doesn’t give up without a fight. Extremely competitive, especially on the basketball court. Willing to go out of his way to help others and is open to new ideas.  A team player, confident most of the time, but can become consumed by crippling self-doubt if under intense pressure.

For other character bios, see links below.

Jane     Randy     Jim     Bruce    Mandy    Greg    Gabby   Mike    Lauren    Lacy    Roger    Max

Deborah Ratliff: The Lonely Writer

Writers Unite!

Writing is lonely work. At least, that is the opinion of friends of mine who are not writers. They ask, how can you sit at a computer all day and not talk to anyone? Somehow, telling them, I’m never alone, that I talk to my characters would likely not reassure them being alone is good for me.

The fact is that despite the witty or testy or romantic conversation we have with our creations, writing is lonely work.

My career provided a writing outlet. I wrote research papers, training, operations, and policy manuals, newsletters, print and broadcast advertising copy.  While necessary within the scope of my work, and writing advertising was certainly challenging, I never felt fulfilled. When time to write presented itself after a corporate downsizing resulting in a layoff, I took the plunge. I started writing fiction.

As an only child, the solitude of writing was never a…

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Dan Ellis Crime Fiction: Why Your Character Might Commit a Crime – What Can Social Science Tell Us?

I current have an adult crime novel in progress, so this was quite informative.

Writers Unite!

“He was slouched in a worn armchair positioned in the centre of a cluttered dingy living room. The amber streetlight permeated through the yellowed net curtains. The flicker of the TV screen gently illuminated his motionless face. A burnt out cigarette was wedged between his bloody fingers, and his other hand gripped an empty bottle of scotch. For hours he hadn’t moved, contemplating what he had just done.”

If you write crime fiction, there is no doubt you’ve had a character in a similar scenario to this. They have just committed a crime, attacked someone, killed someone perhaps? The reasons why they may have done this are probably tied into specific events in the character’s life or their personality. Or maybe the plot is to blame – the treacherous conditions you have forced them to go through?

But if you are looking to base the characters’ actions in reality. To…

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