Josephine Damian
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Kindle formatting question
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Debbi Mack Jun 25, 2009.

Agent Nat Sobel scouts author Stuart Neville from Thug Lit!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Josephine Damian May 21, 2008.


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Now living mentally on the dark side, but physically in sunny Florida.
About Me:
I'm published in lurid noir and hard-boiled crime fiction. Coming Oct. 2009 - FINISHED - Yellow Mama. In April 2008, my short story PENNIES FROM HEAVEN appeared in "Out of the Gutter Magazine." In Jun & Jul 2007, Parts 1 & 2 of SAFE IN THE HOUSE appeared in Bad Things (formerly Thug Works).

I have a master's degree in Criminal Forensics Studies: Behavioral Analysis. I'm certified in Advanced Sexual Predator Analysis and stalking behaviors. I've worked for a diva forensic anthropologist - she made ME cook the corpse! So, no surprise, I write dark psychological suspense.

In my spare time, I review books:
I Am A:
Writer, Critic
Books And Authors I Like:
Atonement - Ian McEwan Under the Net - Iris Murdoch The Professor's House - Willa Cather The Deptford Trilogy - Robertson Davies Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving The Alienist - Caleb Carr Loitering with Intent - Murial Spark Turn Magic Wheel - Dawn Powell Lying Awake - Mark Salzman The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier The Wings of the Wind - Ronald Hardy Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane The Club Dumas - Arturo Perez-Reverte The Grand Complication - Allen Kurzweil Kill Me First - Kate Morganroth (I dare you to put this one down once you start) Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy The Music Lesson - Katherine Weber Light of Falling Stars - J. Robert Lennon Harbor - Lorraine Adams The Book of Salt - Monique Truong Embers - Sandor Marai Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dai Sijie The Confessions of Max Tivoli - Andrew Sean Greer Girl in Hyacinth Blue - Susan Vreeland
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies: The Third Man Laura Doctor Zhivago Out of Africa Harold and Maude Strangers on a Train Rear Window Gloria (original version) Reds Raging Bull Amadeus The Age of Innocence The Talented Mr. Ripley Eve's Bayou Fight Club The Apostle 25th Hour House of Flying Daggers Hustle and Flow Before Sunrise/Before Sunset Garden State

TV: House, The First 48, Homicide: Life on the Street

Josephine Damian's Blog

FINISHED, my newest short story is out today at YELLOW MAMA

I love the illustration by John and Flo Stanton.

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 3:00am

The suspenseful wisdom according to Patricia Highsmith

Years back, I read Patricia Highsmith’s book on how to write suspense thrillers. She being one of my biggest influences, I actually annotated the text, printed out my notes and stuck them on the fridge. Figured some of my more criminally inclined blog buddies might get something out of it, so I decided to share the highlights that I pulled from the book:

A protagonist reveals his or her character by what he does. Action is character!

Characters, conflict, choice, and… Continue

Posted on April 5, 2008 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

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At 1:25am on November 27, 2008, crimogenic said…
Yup, I am on Nathan's blog, trying to get the scoop on the publishing world. Nice to connect with a fellow crime fiction writer! I read your "about me" page, good luck with the final few days before earning your master's degree in criminal forensics studies.
At 1:12pm on September 9, 2008, pam said…
Greetings! I see we share much of the same interests. I was a psych undergrad and have always been fascinated with causes of behavior. I started reading true crime novels when i was in school and have continued to study crimes. In fact I am always accused of digging too deep but I really want to know who my characters are and what makes them behave as they do. And you?
At 1:18am on July 17, 2008, Bill Cameron said…
I definitely prefer CrimeSpace to MySpace, though I don't give it nearly the attention it deserves. So much to do on the internet, so little time. Back in the days when I had to write on a typewriter, 10,000 word days were not unusual. Now, in the days of these "efficient" electrological computing boxes, a thousand words is a miracle. Oh, the distractions.
At 2:50am on May 21, 2008, Josephine Damian said…
Aaack! As an artist myself, I tried to figured out how I'd approach it as a visual and that's pretty much the *ahem* angle I'd have taken. You REALLY captured the essence of the story - great job and thanks for posting the image here. I have zero skills when it comes to this computer stuff.
At 7:46am on May 17, 2008, Out of the Gutter Magazine said…
I was the illustrator for your story, "Pennies From Heaven". Your story really broke my heart. Tough and well written. Here is the original sketch for your story:


At 2:12am on April 25, 2008, Josephine Damian said…
Brian: I think of all dogs as puppies, basically a baby to be pampered and adored. Glad to hear your book is doing well.

Jack: Let's hope the agents think so. My McCarthy fandom does not go past BLOOD MERIDIAN - I did not care for THE ROAD, just as you don't share my enthusiasm for OOA. I see lots of gender differences with likes and dislikes, and it's quite a subjective biz we're in.
At 2:24pm on April 19, 2008, JackBludis said…
Good background for a writer. Any Cormac McCarthy fan is a friend of mine ... But I never did "get" OUT OF AFRICA, except for the sweep of the African setting.
At 5:51am on April 13, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Hi Josephine. The cute puppy is in fact almost 4 years old and is very intelligent. she does agility work, search and rescue, and play s flyball and is quite a little star in her own right. Thanks for your good wishes for the book. It's becoming quite a cult in itself at rpesent and selling incredibly well.

Best regards and great to know you.

At 2:20am on April 9, 2008, Josephine Damian said…
Tom, thanks! I'm afraid I started on myspace as opposed to facebook, so I guess I'm stuck there for now although facebook looks more fun - scrabble games!

Yes, LJ is nice to chat with. I'm meeting lots of great people here.
At 1:45pm on April 8, 2008, Thomas O'Callaghan said…
Hi, Josephine! Nice to be invited to your corner of the Internet. That's quite a resume! I see LJ Sellers is a friend. She and I are friends on facebook, as well. Cheers! ~ thomas

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