Category Archives: Short Story Development

Bobbie Cole – A Versatile, Adventurous Author

This summer I had the honor of working with a multi-talented and busy author of short stories, novellas and novels. Her name is Bobbie Cole and I met Bobbie through a mutual friend—another author, Diane Kratz, who I blogged about … Continue reading

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From Fan Fiction to Profiles of Murder

Several years ago I met an interesting writer online. There seemed to be an instant connection since we both liked cats—particularly black cats. More importantly, we were both struggling to find our niche in the ocean of new writers waiting … Continue reading

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Author Extraordinaire — James Osborne

Today I want to introduce a most interesting gentleman that I met because of this weekly blog I write. A couple of years ago I started getting comments from James Osborne with each and every blog. His comments were always … Continue reading

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COMING SOON – New Short Stories!

It’s been an exciting summer! In July I published one of my favorite short stories—Cuffed. It’s a true story about a frightening yet entertaining event that happened one night long ago when I worked the graveyard shift in a local … Continue reading

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Laughing Man

It’s been said that the best fiction is based on fact. And, no matter how large or small that tidbit of information is, it plants the seed that the writer develops as the story arc. It’s the spark that creates … Continue reading

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