5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Writing a Novel with a Female Protagonist

by Chris Roy 1. I wish I had known the difficulties in writing first-person vs. third-person POV, female. The very first female character I created was in a collection of short stories titled By Hook or Crook: the criminal ventures of Razor and Blondie. The point of view was third-person, … Continue reading

Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting to Write Crime Fiction

By Elka Ray 1) As a writer, your characters become real to you – they’re not “characters” but people. Killing people – even unlikeable ones – is emotionally draining; learning why they were targeted even more so. While my stories aren’t depressing, they have sad moments. If you want readers … Continue reading

Five Things I’ve Learned Working With Literary Agents

1. Agents are like Atlantis; hard to find and somewhat mythical. Sure, most have one-paragraph bios and mini selfies under ‘our team’ on agency websites. Some write a blog. A few keep their name in the spotlight with big-figure deals and best-seller client lists. But be forewarned. The bio hasn’t … Continue reading

“Check This _____ Out!” A Call for Guest Submissions

Hello, Everyone, As you know, for the months of April and May, Emerald Musings has a great series of guest posts lined up to keep you entertained and informed.  You can find the brave contributors here, and I strongly suggest you get to know them outside of Emerald Musings.  After … Continue reading

The Emerald Musings “5 Things I Wish I Had Known” Series Begins in April

Greetings, Everyone! Since I’ve managed to get some wonderful guest post contributions over the years, I decided to go to the well again and see what I could get.  And you ladies and gentlemen certainly didn’t disappoint!  So, starting in April, we’re featuring a new guest post on every Friday … Continue reading

Review of Lust, Money and Murder Book 1 By Mike Wells

Book:  Lust, Money, and Murder  Book 1 Author:  Mike Wells Publisher:  Self Published/Mike Wells Availability:   Kobo   Amazon  Google Books  Barnes & Noble Author Website and Social Media:  Mike Wells  Twitter  Facebook Overall Rating  3.00 Overall Summary: Growing up in the worst slums in Pittsburgh, Elaine and her father … Continue reading

A Review of The Daddy Track by Allison Leigh, Illustrated by Mayu Takayama

Book:  The Daddy Track Author:  Allison Leigh,  Illustrated by Mayu Takayama Publisher:  Harlequin Comics Availability:   Kobo  Amazon  Google Books Author Social Media and Website:  Allison Leigh  Allison’s Facebook  Allison’s Goodreads Illustrator Social Media and Website:   None Found Overall Rating:  3.75 out of 5 Stars Overall Summary: When Nate’s … Continue reading

What I do When I Lose the Will to Write

By Susan Vittitow Mark I’ve written for a living long enough, that I can usually manage the must-do, on-deadline stuff. Some people dig ditches, I tell myself. I push letters on a keyboard. Where I struggle is with personal, creative work. Sometimes I simply lose the will to write. Winter’s … Continue reading