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Music to Write By

Do you listen to music while you write? Or while you read? Work? Play?



Recently, I’ve seen authors include their Play Lists either in the fronts or backs of their books, presenting the music that inspired them while they wrote.



I’d love to be able to do that, too, but I can’t listen to music while I do anything else that requires significant concentration.



A lot of people say that music helps them get in the mood, or helps them focus or concentrate. For some, it… Continue

Added by Karen McCullough on July 23, 2008 at 4:50am — 1 Comment

Writing Dark

There are times when you walk a really strange road as a writer, going down some dark paths and scary, twisty highways. As authors we do things to our characters we’d never dream of doing in real life. We make them suffer in a myriad of ways--from the agony of emotional wringers we hope never to experience ourselves to very physical torments.



I kill people…in my books, anyway. I’ve had my characters kidnapped, beaten, burned, cut, threatened, tortured and just about any and every… Continue

Added by Karen McCullough on July 17, 2008 at 2:49am — 4 Comments

So, okay, it's not exactly Tuesday. It was when I started this list, though! After I made this list and read it over it struck me that practically all of them are fantasy or science fiction. I guess…

So, okay, it's not exactly Tuesday. It was when I started this list, though!



After I made this list and read it over it struck me that practically all of them are fantasy or science fiction. I guess that explains what I write.



1. All three of The Lord of the Rings movies – the best fantasy movies EVER



2. Star Wars, the very first, the original and still the best, with The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi close behind. I like… Continue

Added by Karen McCullough on June 28, 2008 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

What am I?

I love writing romantic suspense, romantic mysteries, romantic fantasies, and paranormal romance.

I’ve even written straight mysteries. Sort of. Even my mysteries still end up with a bit of romance in them.

So, what kind of writer am I? Am I a romance writer who wanders into the mystery, suspense, and fantasy genres? Or am I a mystery writer with a romantic streak?

But all my novels have some element of mystery. If the reader knew what would happen from the very start,…

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Added by Karen McCullough on February 12, 2008 at 7:46am — No Comments

Five things I love about being an author; five things I hate about being an author

The five things I love about being an author:

1. The incredible feeling of satisfaction I get when I write the last sentence of the first draft of a novel. I’m not done with the story by any means, but for me, getting the first draft down is the hardest part.…

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Added by Karen McCullough on January 16, 2008 at 2:26am — No Comments

New blog online

I've been around CrimeSpace for a while but haven't actually done much here due to having too many other things on my mind.

Since I'm already doing blog entries in one place, it seemed like a no-brainer to also post them here, so starting today that's what I'll be doing.

Added by Karen McCullough on January 16, 2008 at 2:24am — No Comments

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