Things you didn’t learn in Cosplay Killer

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For me, and I’m sure most authors, there’s always details about your characters that don’t wind up on the page. Things that help you build their personalities or their worlds, yet readers might not see them. I thought it would be fun to share a few of those.

First, the biggest thing that happens off screen in Cosplay Killer actually occurs a year or so before the story even starts. Osian experiences the worst fear, I imagine, for any paramedic. It greatly affects both him, Dannel, and the story itself.

I wanted to start a year on because to me it was interesting to delve into the process of recovering from that.

Second, Dannel’s family history. It’s a tricky one because we see what happened from Dannel’s perspective and when you’re a kid, you see things different. I’m going to enjoy exploring that even more as the series progresses.

Third, theatre kids. This one is kind of on the page because we see a lot about musicals and plays. But both Dannel and Osian were massively into theatre throughout their childhood. I don’t really explore that much.

 

Book Review: Sin Bin Box Set

“Loved this complete box set of The Sin Bin novels from Dahlia Donovan! I had never read any of these before and I just plowed through them in a few days! They were a lot of fun to read…lots of different themes and no two sets of main characters the same. ”

~ Samantha C on Amazon, 4 Stars

Book Sale: Sin Bin Box Set

Grab the entire Sin Bin Box Set for 99c Jan 11 – 18th.

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Welcome to the Sin Bin.

For years, these rugby players have fought side by side—sometimes against one another—on the pitch until their beloved game abandoned them to the sidelines permanently. What happens to those gloried for performances on the field once they’re no longer able to play? Follow BC, Tens, Scottie, and their friends as they struggle through figuring out life post rugby.

Can they find themselves?

Will they find love?

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My Stages of Writing Preparation

As I’m in the process of writing Pickled Petunia, book 3 of my Motts Cold Case Mystery Series. I thought I’d share the stages of writing prep that I go through with most of my novels.

  1. Make a to-do list. Seems redundant, but I work best with lists. It’s a bit of a life-hack for me, as someone who is autistic and deals with executive dysfunction.
  2. Add a new section to my book series Pinterest Board.
  3. Create both a TV/Movie and music playlist. For my cosy mysteries, I watch a lot of shows like Rosemary & Thyme and Ms Fisher.
  4. Come up with a title.
  5. Read any prior books in the series.
  6. Outline + fill out my book bible.
  7. Do any research.
  8. Names for all the new characters being introduced.
  9. Update the corkboard over my desk with book inspiration. For Motts, it’s an image of Elliot Page and photo of a village in Cornwall similar to the one in the book.
  10. Pick the notebook I’m going to write in. I tend to write in a notebook then type up what I’ve written the following do. It’s almost like sneaking in an extra edit.

Those aren’t necessarily in order. Some of them happen concurrently, particularly when I’m on #6.