Here’s What’s Coming Next in Our Inspiration Series

Hello all Just wanted to touch base with you all and let you know that the Emerald Musings series on inspiration is far from over — here’s what we have in store for you in October and beyond! This coming Friday, yours truly is picking up the mantle as I … Continue reading

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

The Inspiration for my Latest WIP by Chris Roy

Near to the Knuckle and Pulp Metal Magazine are collaborating on a Neo-Giallo magazine series.   These publishers have long lists of dark fiction specialists.  Filling the magazine with stories that pervade the mind with unconventional pleasure – a ripping, screaming,  dark energy – would be a relatively simple thing. … Continue reading

Tony Knighton’s Three Hours Past Midnight Inspiration

Laura has generously invited me to write about the inspiration(s) for my novel Three Hours Past Midnight from Crime Wave Press. In the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia, near the Art Museum — yes, the museum with the steps from Rocky — there is a house, an impressive, well-kept three-story Italianate … 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

Finding the Needle: A Freelance Guide to Finding and Landing the Job

So you’ve decided to take the plunge, huh? Well then, welcome to freelancing!  It’s a wild, sometimes frustrating, always competitive, and occasionally nerve-wracking, but if you’re anything like me, the idea of going back to the 9-5 job won’t be considered.  This life isn’t for everyone, but if it’s for … Continue reading

5 Things I Wished I had Known Before Becoming a Freelancer

So our “5 Things” series on Emerald Musings is coming to an end.  Before that happens, I definitely want to thank all our wonderful contributors — there is no way that I could have done this without you!  So without further ado, here is my humble contribution to the series. … Continue reading

Five Things I Wish I Had Known About Marketing Before I Published My First Book

By Andrea Hintz Through every process in life, we all have those, “I wish I had known” moments. We wish we had known how to do things better and how to be more effective. For this series, I chose the topic of five things I wished I had known about … Continue reading