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The Things We Find Doing Research, Memories of Ibrahim Farrah
Bobby Dancing I blogged this week about a novel I am
doing research for and today that research resulted in a picture from
long ago and a trove of memories from way back in time. One of the
characters in this book is named Astarte Safiya and she is a Ghawaz...
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Crafting Story from Tall Tales
William Hoehn from my hometown, St. Marys, Pennsylvania, told me a great story about "Roaring" Jack Dent--an old-time log drover. So, naturally, I just HAD to work into my current work-in-progress. This is from Peeper's Treasure Hunt which will be part of T...
William Hoehn from my hometown, St. Marys, Pennsylvania, told me a great story about "Roaring" Jack Dent--an old-time log drover. So, naturally, I just HAD to work into my current work-in-progress. This is from Peeper's Treasure Hunt which will be part of The Bucktail Cap in the Trunk: More ...
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Dangerous Characters
There is no denying it—most readers
love dangerous characters in books. You can fall in love with a hero
or heroine but there's something just so alluring about a dangerous
character. I started thinking about this because, though I have not
had cable TV in ...
There is no denying it—most readers love dangerous characters in books. You can fall in love with a hero or heroine but there's something just so alluring about a dangerous character. I started thinking about this because, though I have not had cable TV in over 30 years, when I am doing a lot of ...
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How Writers Have Fun
Writers are crazy people. We live with entire worlds floating around in our heads and have long conversations with people no one else can see. We stand at the kitchen sing washing dishes and wondering what our current imaginary friends had for dinner and so...
Writers are crazy people. We live with entire worlds floating around in our heads and have long conversations with people no one else can see. We stand at the kitchen sing washing dishes and wondering what our current imaginary friends had for dinner and sometimes we think we see them going into ...
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L is for Layla, Lola, and Lucius: Blogging the #atozchallenge
Layla from  Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter  and Lola from  The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall  have a lot in common--both of them are beautiful women who put up with a lot in their marriages. Lucius from  The Christmas Daughter  is a tough guy with a beautifu...
They're getting the Ferris wheel ready for winter today. I've been standing by the sink watching out the window as a gang of men with enormous arms unbolt the carriages and stack them on the flatbed of a truck to take away for storage. The wheel itself will stay in place until Spring looking ...
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Moving Right Along: My Next Project
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is always bittersweet when a writing project I have been working on
for a long time is coming to an end. The first Volume of The BucktailCap in the Trunk: More Secrets of Marienstadt is now available for
Kindle and the next 2 volumes are nearly ready. A ...
It is always bittersweet when a writing project I have been working on for a long time is coming to an end. The first Volume of The BucktailCap in the Trunk: More Secrets of Marienstadt is now available for Kindle and the next 2 volumes are nearly ready. A paperback will be coming out with all ...
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William Hoehn from my hometown, St. Marys, Pennsylvania, told me a great story about "Roaring" Jack Dent--an old-time log drover. So, naturally, I just HAD to work into my current work-in-progress. This is from Peeper's Treasure Hunt which will be part of The Bucktail Cap in the Trunk: More ...
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Guest Post by Christian Galacar: Writing Advice: Or (How One Writer Writes)
My young friend, Christian Galacar, is a very talented writer. You can read more about him on Amazon and Goodreads   and follow him on Twitter . His blog is The Honest Scrivener . I am very pleased to have him as a guest on my blog. My girlfriend
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O is for Oliver: Blogging the #atozchallenge
Oliver Eberstark is a larger than life character who is a central figure in all my Marienstadt stories. He is a big, rugged former forest ranger who now owns Opelt's Wood. I love Oliver for many reasons, not the least of which is that much of his character ...
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M is for Maggie, Maksim, and Miranda: Blogging the #atozchallenge
Maggie Marceau from  Each Angel Burns , Brother Maksim Gromyko from  The Crazy Old Lady Unleashed , and Miranda Light from  Sailor's Valentine  ( in   Mardi Gras Was Over: Three Love Stories )  all have a deeply spiritual and aesthetic aspects to their pers...
The clouds were low and golden. The sky, between them and the lights along the distant shore, was deep coral and shimmering. Lightning, Maggie thought. It wouldn't be long until it reached her but she lingered on the rock outcrop listening to the waves thunder as the incoming tide rushed into ...
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K is for Kunigunda and Kit: : Blogging the #atozchallenge
Kunigunda Wolfe from  The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall , and Kit Wilde from  The Christmas Daughter  both have relatively small parts in their stories but they are beloved characters all the same. Kuni is the mother of three of the characters ("a beer distrib...
Kunigunda Wolfe from The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall, and Kit Wilde from The Christmas Daughter both have relatively small parts in their stories but they are beloved characters all the same. Kuni is the mother of three of the characters ("a beer distributor, a pig farmer, and a nun" as her son ...
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Kathleen Valentine was born and grew up in the Allegheny Highlands of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in The Arts and worked for over twenty years in the art/marketing departments of high-tech corporations. Since 2003 she has run her own design business, Valentine-Design.com. She is the author of "Fry Bacon. Add Onions", a cookbook/memoir of growing up Pennsylvania Dutch, as well as 4 novels, several novelettes and short story collections, and knitting instruction books. She has been listed as an Amazon Top 100 Author in Horror. Her novellas, "The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic" and "Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter" were Amazon Top Ten Best Sellers in Horror and Ghost Stories for over 20 weeks. Her blog at KathleenValentine.com has been read by thousands of readers since its beginning in July 2005. She currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport, and is writing every day.
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