Writing American Characters as a British Aussie

My American husband has been here in Australia for ten years now. He’s pretty much acclimatized to the lingo, the weather, and the food, and the culture shock when he arrived was sufficient that he’s clear on what is American (chili) and what is not (panel beaters). I grew up in the UK, moved toContinue reading “Writing American Characters as a British Aussie”

Let’s Visit an Abandoned Copper Mine

In The Beat Goes On (book 10), Xay finds himself in an abandoned copper mine in Arizona. I did some research on what these places look like, and what the dangers are, and thus a storyline was born. To orient ourselves, the image above shows the landscape surrounding the Dragoon Mountains in Cochise county (inContinue reading “Let’s Visit an Abandoned Copper Mine”

Three Horn Toots

It’s been a weekend of headaches jumping though Amazon’s hoops to get the plagiarized versions of my first two books removed from their store. This process reset to 99c the “permanently free” price-matching Amazon did for me, but it looks like the books are free once again in the Australian and US stores. I’ve askedContinue reading “Three Horn Toots”

You’re writing about WHAT?

There’s so much pressure today on writing for the market, writing for your ideal reader, writing for a genre so the publisher feels secure in how to market the book and the bookseller knows where to shelve it. All this is important but let’s not lose sight of why most of us write in theContinue reading “You’re writing about WHAT?”