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Serendipity and the Writing Process, Continued

Serendipity and the Writing Process, Continued

| August 2, 2010 | Comments (0)

Aside from a devoted family, there is nothing quite so precious as a loyal, trusted friend. I’ve heard the saying many times, that if you have one good friend, you are truly blessed; I have been blessed infinitely in this area, since I have many dear, loyal friends whom I know have my best interests [...]

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Serendipity and the Writing Process

Serendipity and the Writing Process

| July 30, 2010 | Comments (1)

Picking up from my last post, once I’d made the decision to fully explain the concept of Water Signs and the significance of its main male character to his living, breathing human inspiration, there was no talking me out of it. While “Elyse” (my dear friend Theresa, who just like her character, regards me as [...]

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Serendipity and the Psychic: Water Signs' Real-Life Back Story, Continued

Serendipity and the Psychic: Water Signs’ Real-Life Back Story, Continued

| July 21, 2010 | Comments (0)

Aside from a devoted family, there is nothing quite so precious as a loyal, trusted friend. I’ve heard the saying many times, that if you have one good friend, you are truly blessed; I have been blessed infinitely in this area, since I have many dear, loyal friends whom I know have my best interests [...]

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How To Turn Fact Into Fiction, Part Four

How To Turn Fact Into Fiction, Part Four

| March 1, 2010 | Comments (0)

More thoughts on the reconciliation theme as it relates to real life transforming into fiction. In How To Turn Fact Into Fiction, Part Three I drew a comparison/contrast between the characters of Dr. Joseph Rose and Ken Lockheart, the two embodiments of The American Dream in Water Signs. Though generations apart, both Joseph and Ken [...]

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How To Turn Fact Into Fiction, Part Three

How To Turn Fact Into Fiction, Part Three

| February 28, 2010 | Comments (1)

Today’s installment draws a comparison/contrast between Water Signs’ main male character, Ken Lockheart, and Dr. Joseph Rose, the two most important men in heroine Madeline Rose’s life. As I’ve noted in previous posts, both are representations of the American Dream, though generations apart, and both are based on real people who impacted my life to [...]

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How To Turn Fact Into Fiction, Part One

How To Turn Fact Into Fiction, Part One

| February 20, 2010 | Comments (1)

Now that we’ve discussed copyright laws, and the obligation to remain mum about your “fictional” characters for legal, moral and ethical reasons, let’s turn to the process by which real people become characters in a novel. This of course, is based on my own experience of writing Water Signs, so the information is purely subjective, [...]

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Water Signs Literary Technique: Flashback

Water Signs Literary Technique: Flashback

| February 10, 2010 | Comments (1)

Since this technique is such an important element in Water Signs, particularly in terms of creating intrigue, I decided to devote an entire post to its discussion. Given that readers know the ending of the story the moment they read the Prologue, I had to employ every possible literary tool at my disposal to build [...]

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The Evolution of Water Signs

The Evolution of Water Signs

| January 10, 2009 | Comments (0)

One of the questions I am asked most frequently by readers is “How long did it take you to write Water Signs?” In truth, there are two paradoxically correct answers: 1. Just under four months; and 2. Fourteen years. I originally conceived the title in 1994, as a reaction to some very traumatic, real-life events [...]

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