Killing our Darlings – Writers on Death

Should authors kill our darlings with abandon? What do you think?

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I wondered this week about how we writers relate to the act of ending the lives of some of our characters. Bumping off major characters has become big in fiction recently. However as authors, we do have conflicted thoughts about killing characters in our works. Sometimes we plan a character’s death, but spare them at the last second. Other times we actually want to do in a character, then can’t find the ideal way to do the deed. In trying to get a handle on these ideas, I again contacted author friends to ask their opinions.

Stephanie Barr gave me her thoughts, “I’m a character writer, so it takes a lot for me to even consider killing off a major characters. My characters do get injured and bloody and tired and stuff, but I usually find some way to squeak ’em out because, well, I love them. But I have

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3 New Anthology Releases!

Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t been on here much recently. I spent much of October traveling with my daughter to Israel (to see my mother) and London (to hang out with friends). It was fun and exhausting and now I’m back and have some news.

While I was away this happened:

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13 Candles is a collection of 13 never-before-published Halloween-themed short stories by 13 YA authors. My story, The Costume, is loosely set in my P.A.W.S. universe and features Miri’s childhood friend, Jenny. 50% of all proceeds from the sales of this anthology with be donated to Global Giving, an international organization that provides funds directly to local charities in communities that need it most.

Pick up your copy today in paperback or Kindle or read for free on Kindle Unlimited.

But wait there’s more yesterday saw the release of not one, but two more anthologies that include stories by me.

The first is book 3 of the Sins of Time series, that included Sins of the Past and Sins of the Future.  I am both the editor and a contributor to each of these volumes. Our new volume Sins of the Gods features horror stories of mythology. My own tale, Shades of Black, is a cautionary tale about why it’s not a great idea to get on the wrong side of Gaea.

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Pick up a copy today on Amazon or Google Play.

And one more Halloween themed anthology. This one’s free. A collection of drabbles (100 word stories) put together by the folk at Fiction Writer’s Global. Download your copy free and enjoy.

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Sins Of The Gods

Coming tomorrow – I have a story in this collection called Shades of Black. I hope you like it.

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The third collection in the Sins Of Time series will be released next week, on Halloween.

The first one, you may recall, was called Sins Of The Past and included my story, “We Pass From View”. The second one was called Sins Of The Future and includes my story, “In The Driving Lane”.

This one has the theme of horror stories based on myths and legends. My own contribution is an atmospheric Weird Tales peice called “Black Dog”.

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P.A.W.S. box set – just 4.99 and a whole bunch more!

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Need to catch up on the P.A.W.S. series before book 4, LONDINIUM, comes out in December? Here’s your chance for a limited time the box set of books 1 through 3 are available on Amazon for just 4.99 – or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

But wait there’s more. I’m teaming up with a bunch of other awesome YA fantasy authors and all of us currently have series box sets on sale for between 2.99 and 4.99. Check this out. You’re sure to find something you’ll adore.

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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It’s that time of year again. So ladies go get your boobs checked. It’s important, really important. I should know. Six years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m one of the lucky ones. I went through treatment – chemo, surgery and radiation – and today I’m cancer free.

It was that bout with cancer that got me writing. I’d always wanted to write a book, but felt I had all the time in the world. Cancer made me realize that our time on this earth is limited and that if you really want to do something you shouldn’t delay.

You can pick up my short memoir, The Big C, about my struggle with cancer from all outlets for just 1.99. All the money raised from this title go to Knitted Knockers, a wonderful organization that provides soft breast forms for women who have had mastectomies.

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Balance in Writing

Some interesting thoughts on balance in writing.

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Over the years I’ve worried about crossing lines in my writing. Sometimes I have the job of writing funny material. Once, I was taken off my column in a company newsletter because my humor was too biting. I was nervous when experimenting with fiction writing about creating villains. I feared falling too deep into the minds of the evil-doers. And today, I wonder if compromising my story vision might gain me more readers, and bring in higher income. I want to revisit these questions for my own enlightenment.

To recap, the questions for a writer are: What not to put in Stories?; To thine own self be true, but how much?; and What to compromise for success? The first question for me relates to my ethics and morality. I’m somewhat sensitive to stories I read. I don’t want to read much torture, violence toward the weak, sexual assault, and similar…

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Fantasy Bookshelf – September Giveaway

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Hey folks, want some free fantasy books? Of course you do. Over on Instafreebie I’ve got together with a bunch of awesome indie authors for a fantastic September giveaway. My story in this collection is my werewolf tale, Alistair, but there are loads of others including Perfect Storm from E.A. Copen, City of Skies by Farah Cook, and Alone by Holly Hook.

Also scroll down the page for a chance to win all of Sarah J Maas Throne of Glass paperbacks! What are you waiting for – click here to get started.

But wait, there’s more. The puzzly side of me also had a new release this week. I have a puzzle in this collection of cryptic crosswords now available on Amazon. Check out the details over on my sister blog, Paws 4 Puzzles.

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