Writing Tips to Get Your Creative Juices Going

I’ve compiled a list of writing tips for the teen writing workshop I’m doing next week and thought I’d share. I wanted the kids to have something to take home to help with ideas when they’re feeling stuck.

Anyone have any favorite tips?

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Author Interview: AR Simmons

Today I welcome author AR Simmons to my blog.

DaughterCoverAW2What genre(s) do you write in? Who is your audience?

I write mystery/suspense. I couldn’t term them “police procedurals,” “cozies,” or “hard-boiled.” They are an amalgam of all these embedded in the narrative of a young couple’s evolving relationship.

My audience. Let me see. They are probably twenty-five or older (I hope not exclusively), they love to solve puzzles, identify with complex characters, and vicariously escape terrifying threats. They might even “take up residence” in Hawthorn County and make personal connections.

Tell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

My books comprise a series of stand-alone stories featuring Richard and Jill Carter, who have come to a small Ozark town to escape celebrity/notoriety stemming from their encounter with a serial killer in Michigan. Richard (now a rural deputy) is a former marine, haunted by guilt and suffering PTSD. Jill, dealing with PTSD of her own, is the “rock” of the family (their precocious daughter Mirabelle is the third member).

The latest book is “The Daughter.” Shara McGregor has it all: brains, beauty, and a well-connected family friend (former Senator Willis Sparkes), who intends to see to it that she gets into a prestigious law school. When Shara, the town’s “golden girl,” disappears on her way to visit a university, only her blood-stained car and discarded phone are discovered. Suspects abound, including an ex-boyfriend, several would-be boyfriends, a boss who can’t keep his hands to himself, and the family friend who continually inserts himself into the investigation. Imagining his own daughter at Shara’s age, Richard becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl.

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