Most of my stories are mystery and/or suspense about women in crisis. I highlight a problem and offer possible solutions while celebrating the inner strength we women sometimes forget we possess.
I ventured to "the dark side" with a paranormal, THE HOUSE ON SERPENT LAKE, and I loved it. I'm currently working on another dark fantasy/horror with romantic elements.
I love things that go bump in the night whether they're serial killers or other strange creatures. I've written about those pesky beings who intrude on or lives with deadly force in several of my novels. I hope you enjoy them.
As an editor, I specialize in your 1st Chapter, the most critical pages of your novel. Surveys taken in bookstores have clocked the time a customer selects and opens your book and decides to either buy or select another book as 7 SECONDS. You must engage that customer by your opening page, usually your first three or four paragraphs, or you've lost them. The same rule applies to the "Look Inside" feature on books listed on Amazon.
What does it take to keep them reading? Your hook of course, but what does that involve? If you're not sure your opening is dynamic enough to entice a browser to buy, I can help you. Along with story structure, the class on a novel's opening pages was of special interest and study. Please check my page on Your Critical 1st Chapter.
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The University of Iowa
Gotham Novel Writers Workshop
Creative Writing, Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver
Writers Digest Novel Writing Course
Mystery/Suspense NovelsParanormal NovelsAn instructional how-to write complete with charts I designed
Short stories of approx 8,000-10,000 words published in a national women's magazine as well as anthologies, and Chicken Soup for the Soul
Short stories published in literary magazinesWrote articles for 3 newspapersWrote articles for Women on WritingCertified editor: Edited novels for a small press
Acquiring editor for a small pressFreelance editor
Led 1st Chapter workshops for various writers' clubs in two statesInstructional speaking engagements through various libraries in SoCal
Government security clearance as required to proofread/edit secret aerospace docs