The Inspiration Behind Saigon Dark — By Elka Ray

What inspired your work-in-progress? My last book, Saigon Dark, is psychological suspense, set in Vietnam, where I now live. I’m currently working on another suspense novel, tentatively called Blackmore Bay, set in the area where I grew up, on the West Coast of Canada. Both stories feature female leads who … Continue reading

When Inspiration Hits — A New Series on Emerald Musings

Hello All, and Happy Friday! First, let me apologize– I haven’t been keeping up with my blogs, Emerald Musings and Walking the Path as well as I should.  While I have a few very exciting reasons for it, there really is no excuse, and you have my heartfelt apologies for … 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

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