Inspiration through Research

Guest Blogger: David Sakmyster “You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” – J.R.R. Tolkien My favorite part about the writing process (next to typing ‘The End’ at the appropriate spot, and sending said object of my blood, sweat …

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My Ode to the True Crime Fan

Guest Blogger:   M. William Phelps Janice was kind enough to ask me to blog here (something I don’t do much anymore), and I gratefully appreciate her thinking of me in this regard. This is an important year for me. A moment I have worked toward for nearly a decade. LOVE …

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2010 Bram Stoker Finalists

The finalists for the 2010 Bram Stoker Awards were announced this morning by the Horror Writers Association, and I can not begin to express how excited I am that my book WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (co-written with Jonathan Maberry) made the list for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction. A huge congratulations to all the …

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A Writer Puts It All on the Line

Guest Blogger: Michael Palmer First of all, I want to thank Janice for inviting me to guest blog on her website. I actually love writing when there are few or no restrictions, and this is one of those situations. So I’m going to do what I do best—ramble. As of …

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Writing Fear

Guest Blogger: Weston Ochse I’ve been a horror author for about 12 years now. I never started out to be a horror author, but once I started being published, that’s what people started to call me. Which was cool. As long as there’s the word author at the end the …

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A Writer’s Tools and a Writer’s Process

Guest Blogger: Carla Neggers Thanks for having me here, Janice! Early in my career, I bought my first computer and started typing. Ah. I was in love. It was far more complicated and unreliable than computers are today, and, sure enough, one day I turned it on and got gobbledygook. …

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The Good Life

Guest Blogger: Kelli Stanley So. The Writing Life. Or, as I insist on calling it, the good life. And not the “good life” that Jerome Bixby wrote about in his infamously horrific short story (later filmed as a Twilight Zone episode  with Bill Mumy—remember it? But I digress …). Maybe …

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Every Writer’s Best Friend

Guest Blogger: Brad Parks A dear friend of mine walked out on me yesterday, just left without word or warning. It happened around 8 o’clock in the morning, shortly after I sat down to my keyboard to write. I didn’t even hear him go. He just scooted out, leaving me …

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Best Advice I Ever Got

Guest Blogger: Brad Meltzer After my first novel was published, I struggled with the next one. I wasn’t worried what people thought (I was working on it long before the first one ever came out). And I wasn’t worried about the rejection (my first novel—still unpublished to this day—got me …

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