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    Popular Books: Wish Fulfillment Edition

    Today, I’m going to talk about what makes movies blow up. Now, it’s extremely hard to predict when a movie will be a huge box office success. After all, Cassandra Clare is a boss in her own right, but the City of Bones movie was very hit and miss with people. It’s the same with a lot of book-to-movie adaptations. I don’t think that’s an accident. City of Bones was fun, but in order for a book to translate to massive box office sales, it needs to be more than fun. If people leave a movie or put a book down, and the experience left them feeling warm and fuzzy on…

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    First Lines & Opening Sentences: Anniversary Edition

    You’re in for a treat today! In celebration of the month I finished my first ever novel project – 21 years ago – I’m embarrassing the crap out of myself by pulling out the opening sentences of some old projects and displaying them for your enjoyment, because we all need a good laugh sometimes. 😀 Note: Unless otherwise stated, the stories have a contemporary/modern-day or near-future setting. If the story is finished, I’ll put the date, otherwise it’ll just be marked as abandoned. 😅 Untitled First Novel (romance?) – circa 1997 “Beep! Beep! Beep!” I turned off my alarm clock and opened my eyes. I looked around my room. Analysis…

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    Author Interview: Sara Dobie Bauer

    Hey, hey!! Special awesome guest Sara Dobie Bauer is visiting the blog today to talk vampires, writing, and what kind of powers she would happily accept from a genie. BITE SOMEBODY ELSE, sequel to BITE SOMEBODY (my favorite book that I read last year!) released to the world yesterday! ^_^ Welcome Sara!! 😀 Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about the BITE SOMEBODY universe and what inspired it? The Bite Somebody universe is one of awkward, petty, cuss-a-lot vampires living in the Florida Keys. They’re not into world domination or making humans their slaves (except maybe in the sexual sense. Ahem, Imogene). They’re more interested in watching 80s…

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    Finding That (kind of) Perfect Title

    So, NO REST FOR THE WICKED is not a unique title. It was just, “I like it. It’s a great fit. I’m going with it. I’m done.” Some other titles I considered are “Legion” – the working title and “Taker of Lives” – which I really liked for about two minutes. I know. I’m a title genius. 😬 Sometimes coming up with the title is the hardest part of the writing process!! I have a story in the queue titled “Whisper.” My original working title was “The Shades of my Shadow.” That title was insulted. I didn’t think it was all that bad, and it was just placeholder title, but I did…

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    Historic Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, NC

    One of the bits of research I did for NO REST FOR THE WICKED was studying a map and pictures of the Historic Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina. I’ve been to Asheville, but I haven’t been to Riverside, so it was great to find so much information on it. I’m definitely going to stop by the next time I’m there. It’s old, large, and peaceful, and the perfect place to find a mausoleum like the one Tatum went into to get to the underground. 🙂