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Writers Who Read

Posted by Kathryn Long on February 17, 2016 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

You're a writer, you read. Why? Many reasons. 1) Reading enriches your creative mind; 2) Reading allows you (whether you like this or not) to compare styles, even to your own; 3) Reading is an ACTIVE process, engaging all your five senses (think about it, my reasoning will come to you and make sense); Reading gives you lots of conversational material when talking to fellow readers, i.e. enriching that mind, again!; and 4) Reading is much safer than many other hobbies li...

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Posted by Kathryn Long on October 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It feels good to finish writing a book. And I have. Finished, that is. What I hope to turn into a series, starts with GRAVE MAKER BLUES. It may be a standard mystery, but it does have some specific elements to make it fit into a certain nitch. Native American folklore, for one. I have fingers and toes crossed that this one will hold great promise. I've sent it off to an agency which I hope will take me on. We'll see. 

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Just Spring It!

Posted by Kathryn Long on April 14, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)

I can’t think of a better way to welcome Spring than to clean out my closets and flowerbeds. But add to that, how about cleaning out my file of writing project ideas? Sounds like a reasonable plan.


I have a few ideas, some good, some really dumb ones, and one that even after letting it simmer for awhile I still think is fantastic! Guess that’s a keeper. Now, when I decide to work on ...

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Dear Readers ...

Posted by Kathryn Long on November 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I realize it's been awhile ... I've been deep into editing A DEADLY DEED GROWS. It's back in the editor's hands. So, now I wait. In the meantime, I am picking up where I left off writing the next Lilly M mystery. I titled it DEVIOUS, DIABOLICAL, AND DEADLY IN ONE BITE. At least for now :) . It's about a pastry chef who has been charged with murder by serving a poisoned dessert to a well-known food critic. Of course...

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Another One Coming ...

Posted by Kathryn Long on July 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Another one is coming ... another novel, that is. It's suspenseful, it's romantic, it's in a warm and sunny place ... it's A DEADLY DEED GROWS.

I just heard from my editor, Johanna, at The Wild Rose Press. She's emailing me the edits sometime later this month. I've got goosies just thinking about it. Very excited to get rolling on this one. And I'm ...

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Random Thoughts

Posted by Kathryn Long on May 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I started thinking about random things, details about what I expect to happen or at least anticipate when I start holding author events. I know it can be chalked up to a case of prestage jitters, and I've done events before, but I can't stop it from happening.

For instance, what if someone asks me a question I can't answer? I remember one event where a guest asked me how many characters appeared in my book. ...

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Words Become Pictures

Posted by Kathryn Long on March 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, I now have cover choices ... only two of them, but I still debate over which one is best. Both are beautiful, each has its attractive features. This makes it even tougher to choose.

One has the images described in the main character's dream: a tombstone, a ghostly mystery lady, the rose she places upon the grave. Its colors are dark and ominous.

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Errata Sheet with Corrections ... Check

Posted by Kathryn Long on March 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, I sent off my list of corrections to the editor and now I wait once again. I know I was able to catch a few errors, but always the worry that there may be more. After all, if the pub's editor missed some -- ones that I noticed -- then what? I'm not going to stress over it though. At least I feel between the two of us we did a great job.

It's difficult to read my work so many times. I ...

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Imagine a Book Cover

Posted by Kathryn Long on March 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

And now I'm wondering what it will look like. The colors, the images, the title, my name ... the creation of my cover brings this one step closer to publication. So much fun.


I received an email from MMP's cover design artist. She asked for some examples of the cryptic messages my...

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Racing to the Publishing Deadline

Posted by Kathryn Long on March 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I finally received an email with lots of goodies attached ... my ARC and editor comments. And I have 20 days to read through it all, make my comments, corrections, etc. Yikes! I can do this. Yes, I can. Uh ... right? Fortunately, nothing really big going on at work, so I should have time. I just want to make sure I do a thorough job. So, nobody better bug me! Or ... grrrrrrr. (Just noticed: is it any wonder my editor says I use maybe a few ...

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