BEHIND THE BOOK – Fiction in the 1930’...

There are several different ways an author can approach writing a story set in another time period. They can do a lot of research on the time in order to get the historical details accurate. That’s an important part of the process because the same type of reader attracted to historical fiction will most likely know quite a bit about the era in which your story is set and won’t be shy about pointing out inaccuracies in their reviews.  But data on details and events can only get a writer so far. After all, you’re writing a novel, not a history book. It’s up to the writer to do more than just the details right. Tone is equally important, as is...

BEHIND THE BOOK :Writing That Second Novel

A Dialogue Between Annie Hogsett and Thomas Kies 1) What was the single biggest roadblock you discovered in writing your debut novel that affected the way you approached your second book? Tom: When I wrote RANDOM ROAD, I didn’t envision that it would be a series. My first book has a very neat ending. Everything is tied up at the end. Everyone, with one notable exception, lives happily ever after. In writing DARKNESS LANE, I had to quickly deconstruct all of that and recreate the flaws that made Geneva Chase interesting in the first place. Annie: I know this may sound like a flippant answer, but I’m serious: Looking for a publisher. As...

BEHIND THE BOOK

Memphis? Why Memphis? (Or New Orleans or Sopchoppy…) My eleventh Faye Longchamp archaeological mystery, UNDERCURRENTS, is hitting the streets right…about…now, and it’s set in Memphis, Tennessee. Wherever Faye goes—Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Mississippi, or Tennessee—she has an adventure that she could have no other place.  There is only one place to explore the ghostly roots of Spiritualism and that place is New York. There is only one place to stand on the Mother Mound of the Choctaw and that place is Mississippi. Faye goes where the history is. However, she doesn’t travel to a new state with quite every book. For...

Behind the Book – Bill Rapp Jan15

Behind the Book – Bill Rapp

There are several stories behind THE HAPSBURG VARIATION. The first is that this novel is a continuation of the tale told in the preceding book, TEARS OF INNOCENCE, which introduced the main character, Karl Baier, at the beginning of his career in the world of intelligence. It was career that began as the United States was emerging as the world’ s foremost power and just beginning to come to grips with the challenges that would present, particularly in war-torn Europe. Having spent  a great deal of time in Berlin–first as a student of European History, then later as a diplomat at the US Mission in West Berlin when the Wall...

Behind the Book

Starting a new series can be challenging and fun. The world I am about to create is a vast, infinite world where I have complete freedom to create and explore, however I wish. The moment a new concept for a story comes to me, my imagination soars with ideas for scenes and characters. I usually have no idea how my book or series will end, and that gives me the freedom to go down unseen paths. For me, the characters are the most important part of every series. The protagonist takes priority, because if I’m going to be inside her head for years to come, she must be clear in my mind. She has to be clever and capable of overcoming any and all...