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Things of Interest
This is a page of random nonsense. You'll find various short articles, essays, and a unicorn or two. Okay, maybe not the unicorns, though the possibility remains!
Snapshot In Time: A short story inspired by a photograph.
Dear Jack: A short story in the form of a letter, written from Jill to Jack
My Murderous Muse: Story about finding my muse
My Writing World:
Meet Michael Sykora: Michael Sykora, from my series of Michael Sykora Novels, introduces himself.
Meet Sean Riley: Sean Riley, from my Michael Sykora Novels, introduces himself.
Realistic Suspense: My thoughts on labeling fiction.
A Writer's Fractured Mind: The many voices in my head.
Walking Naked Across A Football Field: My thoughts on reviews.
Reflections Of A Writer's Life: Thoughts on the solitary life of an author.
A Path of Vengeance: A bit about Michael Sykora's entrance into the world as a hired killer.
My Novel Inspiration: My answer to the often asked question of how and/or why I got started writing.
Why I'm Indie - And Proud Of It: My reasons for being independently published.
Learning From Fiction: My answer to the question, "What would you like readers to take away from your books?"
Maintaining Sanity: I was asked "What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? The question cracked me up. This is my reply.
Violence In Fiction: Sharing my thoughts on the need for - and the limits of - violence in fiction.
My Biggest Supporter: I was asked 'Who was your biggest supporter while writing your book?', and this is my reply.
Pieces of Me: I give away a few secrets about bits of me hiding in my fiction.
Murder As Entertainment: My ruminations on why I write suspense.
Writing Is Like: My thoughts on what writing is like for me.
Lyrical Inspiration: Songs and lyrics that remind me of one of my novels and certain characters within them.
Why I Write Suspense: In April 2011, aobibliophile named me Mistress of Suspense. I love that title! As part of that honor, I was asked to be a guest on
Does Size Matter?: Thoughts on our preferences for particular book lengths and the word count restrictions placed on authors.
One Hit Wonders: Performance Anxiety?: A look at authors who had huge fame with only wrote one book
Secrets and Obsessions: An overview of the science and psychology behind keeping secrets.
Secrets and Health: An overview of how keeping secrets effects our physical and psychological health.
Slang Over The Decades: A look at each generation's favorite slang words and phrases.
Don't Call Me That!: A fun look at the history of nicknames. You might find yours here.
The Power of Words: A blog post I did on the things we say and write and why they matter more than we sometimes think.
Books In Flames: A brief history of book burning as a method of banning books and controlling what people read.
Modern Day Executioners: A look at the people who carry out the death penalty.
Burned Alive: An overview of the practice of burning people alive as a form of capital punishment.
Female Sex Offenders: An overview of female sex offenders and their treatment within our justice system.
The History of Lie Detection: A look back at the creation and evolution of our lie detector machine.
Beheading and The Guillotine: The history of beheading as capital punishment and the invention of the guillotine.
Human Trafficking: Lives Bought and Sold: A brief examination of the facts behind human trafficking.
Crucifixion: A History: Article on crucifixion as a form of capital punishment, from early times through modern times.
Death By A Thousand Cuts: A brief look at the gruesome practice of cutting as a form of capital punishment.
The History of Alcatraz: A glimpse at the history of one of the most famous U.S. prisons.
Mental Illness In The Prison System: Thoughts and facts about our current practice of locking away the mentally ill in prisons.
On A Personal Note:
Spirits and Butterflies: A true story of an experience I had with a family member's approaching death.
Fleeting Thoughts: I have late-stage, chronic Lyme disease and it wreaks havoc with my memory, among other things. I wrote this one day as a way
Photographs and Memories: My experiences with memory loss due to advanced Lyme disease.
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome: My experience with this odd syndrome.