Music I loved in the 90s.

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After a conversation on Twitter with Sasha Devlin about music, I started thinking about the first albums I purchased in my late teens and early twenties.  I had my Discman and a handful of CDs. I used to listen to them as I walked to work.

These are the ones I remember. I’m sure there were others.

  • Matchbox 20
  • Hanson
  • Shakira
  • Roxette
  • Jarabe De Palo
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Tracy Chapman

So, Shakira, Tracy  Chapman, and Jarabe de Palo came from when I moved to Santo Doming at 19 and lived there for two years.  The rest I got when I was 18.

I think I listened to the first Matchbox 20 album at least three times a day. It soothed my angst-ridden soul.

How about you?

What were the first albums you remembered listening to?

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.

Book Review: Pierced Peony

PP2CoverFull600I found the sleuth very well crafted . The suspense was enjoyable and kept me guessing to conclusion. I loved all the characters and especially Mott. She is kind, compassionate and fiercely independent. I look forward to further books in this series.

~ 5 Stars, Cozy Cat Reviews

My Favourite Scene in Pierced Peony

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The ‘redacted for spoilers’ scene in the fishery warehouse is probably one of my all-time favourite moments to write for Motts so far.

It was also my least favourite scene to write, mostly because of how difficult it was to get right.

Motts is a unique character.  It’s not always easy to get her voice perfect in the first draft. And as an autistic character, I work extra hard to ensure she’s authentically herself.

As an autistic author, I definitely put all of my heart and soul into my autistic characters.

The ‘redacted’ scene had to show danger, fear, and panic. It was critical to write from the perspective of an autistic. Our experiences can often be quite different from neurotypicals from what I’ve seen.

By the final draft of Pierced Peony, I felt as if I’d done the fishery scene justice. I’d shown Motts’s experience as well as I could on paper. It felt visceral to me and I hope to everyone else who reads it.