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Making Research Fun

By Donna Schlachter I’ve seen the way some authors’ eyes nearly roll up into their heads at the word, “research”. After all, that’s just dry, boring stuff. We’re always told to ‘write what we know’. If we have to research … Continue reading

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Real Civil War Spies

by Mary Ellis While researching my latest romance, The Lady and the Officer, I discovered several real-life spies whose lives provided plenty of inspiration. Probably the most famous Confederate spy was Belle Boyd. At 17, Belle was arrested for shooting … Continue reading

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Research Surprises

by Susan Lyttek One of the first things I do when I get an idea for a story is research. I enjoy the process. More often than not, its results surprise me, taking the story in a different direction or … Continue reading

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Writing and Research

By Elizabeth Ludwig I never realized when I started out writing historical romance that I would need to develop an archeologist’s skill when combing the Internet. On top of crafting a good story, writing anything with historical significance requires a … Continue reading

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Ohio’s Role during the American Civil War

by Mary Ellis While preparing to write The Quaker and the Rebel, book one of my Civil War series of romances, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Ohio’s pivotal role. Being a northern and decidedly “Yankee” state, Ohio provided a … Continue reading

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Researching A Contemporary Novel

by Gail Gaymer Martin A contemporary novel is set in the present, and yet I spend a great deal of time researching details of location, seasonal events, health issues, careers and more to bring reality to the novel. The last … Continue reading

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George Washington Today

by Stan Crader Merry Christmas. My goal in writing is to cause readers to think beyond the story. I try to achieve two completely separate goals. First I want the reader to relate to the story and for the characters … Continue reading

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Fired Up

by Mary Connealy My current release, Fired Up is about a doctor in frontier Texas. Because I’m really interested in historical medicine, I recently visited Fort Atkinson, a restored 1820s fort near my home. It had a doctor’s office. Of … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

by Anne Mateer I’m not a bold person. I rarely talk to strangers. Even if I need something. So the idea of asking someone–a living, breathing person–for help in researching what would become my first published novel, terrified me. I … Continue reading

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Who is That Person Anyway?

by Diana Wallis Taylor My recent book, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, came out to good reviews and that of course is encouraging. It also posed some questions, mostly, “How can you take a person who appears in one paragraph … Continue reading

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

By Mary Connealy Fired Up, Book #2 of the Trouble in Texas Series releases in September and I want to talk about how I got the idea for this seris. I have a character in my Kincaid Brides Series, the … Continue reading

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Lesson Learned

by Lynn Hobbs Humbled to have my work accepted in a writer’s anthology, I dove into the edits they required for my three short stories. No problem with edits. With the third book in my series scheduled for publication later … Continue reading

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Christianity’s Greatest Ally…Science??

by Jim O’Shea From particle physics, to evolutionary science, cosmology, and quantum mechanics, science continues to lend credence to the Bible account of creation and the universe we live in. Archaeology has also done its part as well over the … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Prophet

by Jim O’Shea While doing research on End Time prophecies for my recently released thriller, “The Linen God”, I discovered the writings of a little known, twelfth century Irish monk named Maolmhaodhog ua Morgair. Born in Armagh, Ireland, Morgair (who … Continue reading

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Creating Careers for our Characters

by Lisa Jordan Last week I requested career options for the hero in my next book on my Facebook author page. While reading through my fans’ posts, I was amazed by the diverse occupations they suggested-boat builder, hospital administrator, youth … Continue reading

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