Archive for the 'Fiction' Category

Fresh Writing—Beyond the Thesaurus

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

I’ve been writing for publication for over 40 years and I’m aware of the importance of fresh writing. That is, using a variety of words and phrases in your descriptions, explanations, etc. But this has never been as challenging an issue for me until I started writing fiction. Do you spend a lot of time […]

Writing Fiction/Story and Character Development

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Yesterday I promised I’d talk about how I come up with the plots and characters for my Klepto Cat Mysteries. I was asked just recently if I plan the story and the ending before I start writing it. For the most part, I have a place setting and possibly the outline of a theme in […]

The Promise of the Book Title

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

I just finished the first draft of another Klepto Cat Mystery novel. It took me about two months to write the book and an additional two weeks to settle on a title…maybe. I mean, I have a title I think works—but the book isn’t published yet, so the title could change AGAIN. Why is it […]

Fiction: Keep Your Reader in Mind as You Write

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

I finished the “My Story” series, sharing my writing and publishing path from a beginning freelance writer of nonfiction in 1973, to a successful cozy mystery writer with 8 Klepto Cat Mysteries. I provide tips, techniques, and anecdotes along the way. Here’s an excerpt from today’s installment. (Entire piece  published here: http://www.matilijapress.com/catscapades. My Story starts […]

The Process and Power of Fiction-Writing

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

I seemed destined to write nonfiction. The article fascinated me—how could so many different writers treat the same topic in so many different ways? My desire—my dream—was to write articles for magazines. And I did for many years. That’s how I made my living. Over the years, I continued writing nonfiction books and articles on […]

Does Fiction-Writing Pay?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Six years ago, I wrote this? “Perhaps your dream is to support yourself by writing stories for your favorite romance magazines. Or maybe you’d like to become a novelist. It is extremely difficult to break in as a career writer of fiction. If fiction is your writing bag, I strongly urge you to set that […]

Why a Novel is So Much Fun to Promote

Friday, September 27th, 2013

I’m sure that those of you who write and publish only fiction are rolling your eyes at this statement. From your vantage point, “fun” may be the last word you’d use to describe the process of book promotion. But if you came from my background—forty years of writing and promoting nonfiction, you might see things […]

How to Promote Your Novel Through Your Connections

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

This is day four of being a novelist. Are we having fun yet? Actually, the fun part, as most of you know, was writing it. Now I’m learning new programs, I’m exploring new ways of doing things and I’m outside my comfort zone. I’ve been promoting nonfiction for a long time. And here I am […]

Patricia’s First Mystery Novel Published

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Okay, here it is: Catnapped, A Klepto Cat Mystery. It’s live at Amazon.com ready for you to download onto your Kindle. We’ve priced it at just $2.99 for your summer reading pleasure. Here’s a description of the story: “When Savannah Jordan agrees to help her aunt while she recovers from a broken foot, she doesn’t […]

Secrets of a Novelist–Raven West

Friday, November 9th, 2012

This is the last in my weeklong series featuring novelists and how they approach their writing. I’ve been writing as Raven West since 2001 when First Class Male was published by Lighthouse Press. The publisher also took over the publication of my first novel; Red Wine for Breakfast and also published Journey to Dimension Nine, […]