Writing News Pop In

Just popping in to say hi, “Hi.” My new book is coming out soon and I’m ecstatic. I’ve had some really good feedback from it and can’t wait to share it with everyone.

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Yesterday, I was recognized by a Facebook friend as an author for the first time.

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She is reading my first book, “Touchdown Interruption,” and saw a post on my page. It was so cool. Not that I need the validation or anything, I just thought it was AWESOME!

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I have three books in progress at the moment. The novella, “The Perfect Murder,” should be out soon. I’m hoping for next month or so, but not quite sure yet.

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A little taste of #TPM:

August 12, 2015
Missouri Board of Parole
1479 East Hendrickson Drive
Osceola, Missouri 64728

To Board Members,
The following comes from the office of Doctor Jade Monroe. Doctor Monroe works in accordance with Missouri State Penitentiary as a psychologist to inmates and officers. She has been working with inmates from Women’s State Penitentiary #301 in Osceola, Missouri for the past five years. During this time, she has made a few discoveries into the mind of criminals.
In the particular case of Inmate #2149857, Abigail Maxion. Doctor Monroe would like to provide the following notes from her sessions with Maxion. In light of her impending parole, Doctor Monroe would like to submit these for consideration against release.
During her sessions, Maxion has shown no remorse for the known murders and has led Doctor Monroe to be there maybe more. Doctor Monroe also believes, from the lack of remorse and unwillingness to reveal the other victims, that Abigail Maxion is not ready for release.
Doctor Monroe, wishes for her notes to be read before a decision is made.

Thank you for your time.

Dr. Jade Monroe Ph.d

Dr. Jade Monroe Ph.d

“The Price of War,” is an on going project that I am hoping to publish in December, but might have to push it back a bit. This book just doesn’t want to cooperate at the moment but it will be published!

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The third book I’m working on has a title, but it is subject to change. I like the title but not sure about it. For right now it is called, “Crap…I’m a Vampire.” It’s still in the early stages, only four chapters so far.

#Research: When is Enough, Enough?

While we can all agree, research is an intricate part of writing, but too much can hurt one’s writing. Ever read a book and while the author explains some of the more obscure facts or items, they forget to explain all of them? For instance, say you are reading a book that involves deep knowledge of martial arts. They explain in detail the different movements, but don’t explain what a Dojo is or the difference between Taekwondo and Aikido. They continue talking about the movements involved, but not explaining certain moves belong with Taekwondo or Aikido. To a person who does not know the difference this can be confusing. (http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/martial-arts-styles) (The featured image above is Aikido, and below is Taekondo). While Dojo can easily be figured out from the context surrounding it, the different movements or clothes worn, cannot be differentiated by someone who does not already have an understanding of the arts.

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You might be saying, well if they don’t know the difference why are they reading the book in the first place? It doesn’t have to be a major topic in the book it could be anything. I may not be explaining this correctly, think of how Americans call potato chips, chips; but British call them crisps and french fries are chips. For someone who is not acquainted with this knowledge is going to be confused as to what the author is talking about if it is not explained. I think this is a result of too much research.

We get so caught up in the research and writing, that we forget others may not know what we mean. I understand that it is done in accident but how does one know when to stop researching? This is a reason we need editors and beta readers. They can tell us when there is not enough research done or an explanation given. However, when we are researching our chosen topics, we get lost in the facts and become hungry for the totality of knowledge so we don’t under research.

In a previous post, I have spoke of the amount of research I am doing for my WWII historical-fiction piece, The Price of War, and it is driving me insane. I feel like I don’t have enough research to cover the few elements I need, but at the same time I look at the pages of notes that I have and think I over did it.