What I overthought…

….in Ghost Light Killer.

First? The killer and their motive. I can’t giveaway too much because spoilers. But…I definitely had to rethink aspects of the mystery a few times.

Second? The ghost. Again. Spoilers. You’ll see when you read the book.

Third? Myron.

Fourth? Ian’s musical.

Fifth? The ending, which I erased and rewrote at least once to get it perfect.

4 Things I Love about the Apartment…

…in Ghost Light Killer.

Osian and Dannel have an epic setup. They live in a building owned by Danny’s family–so no rent. They do have to keep an eye on their neighbour’s and help clean up. All things considered, they’ve got the best of everything.

So what do I love about it?

The Neighbours

There is an eclectic group of people who live in the apartment building. Ian is probably my favourite secondary character. He’s a riot.

The View

They live in Covent Garden and have a colourful and eclectic view out the window.

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The Building

The apartment building was built in the 40s…and looks like it. It’s lovely. Check out my Pinterest for the visual reference I used.

The Kitchen

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Daily Routine

In my post on executive dysfunction a few months ago, I believe I mentioned having a cleaning routine. I might’ve also talked about my daily routine that helps me cope on hard days. If I didn’t, I meant to.

I have both a morning and evening routine. Truthfully, I follow the former more frequently than the later. Evenings just don’t always go to plan.

The key thing to me following a routine at all?

Simple.

Keep it simple.

Complexity doesn’t work for me when I’m stumbling around in the morning without coffee.

  • I wake up, a key part of any morning routine.
  • Splash my face with water, brush my teeth (and hair…separate process lol), and stretch.
  • Make the bed.
  • Walk Bacon.
  • Breakfast.

And that’s it.

That is literally my early morning routine.

Everything else that comes next is part of my to-do list for the day and may or may not get done.

Do you have a routine?

Motts’s Fave Try Channel Videos

Motts generally prefers YouTube to movies or tv shows. The Try Channel is one of her favourites. I thought it would be fun to make a list of her favourite videos of theirs.

In no particular order…

All of the videos featuring durian.

Strongest Alcohol

The Toe of Satan Video

Easter Eggs

Absinthe

Drunk Lego

Fiery 5 Challenge

Drunk Battleship

One Chip Channel

Death Nut Challenge (honestly, all of the heat challenges are hilarious)

The Pierced Peony Playlist

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For most books I write, I have at least one music playlist. I thought I’d share ten of the songs from the Pierced Peony’s list.

  1. Shotgun – George Ezra
  2. A Sky Full of Star – Coldplay
  3. When We Were On Fire – James Bay
  4. I Bet on You – Lissie
  5. The Game – Amy Macdonald
  6. Gloria – Lumineers
  7. Do Right – Wild Rivers
  8. Bottom of the Sea – Sean McConnell
  9. I Know the Way Home – Andrew Galucki
  10. Give Me Something – Callum Scott

Book Review: Pierced Peony

PP2CoverFull600I love this series. Motts and her friends are wonderful characters. Dahlia does a wonderful job building this world and these characters. I can’t get enough of them. I am eager for the next book already. Great job Dahlia.

~ 5 Stars, Kathy W.

Writing the villain…

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….was a tricky endeavour.

I won’t spoil anything but writing the villain in Pierced Peony gave me nightmares. Mostly because as always, I worried about making the villain a caricature. I prefer even the not so good characters to feel like real people.

For better or worse, I want my characters to feel like people you could meet in real life.

The scariest villains, in my opinion, are ones who seem like real people. Someone who could live next door to you—but hopefully doesn’t because, you know. My neighbour the murderer wouldn’t be the best surprise, would it?

I mean, in a book in might, not necessarily in my day to day life.

As with any good mystery, Motts’s journey to finding the villain in Pierced Peony isn’t straightforward. There were surprises for her (and for myself.) Overall though, I’m pleased with the result.