Author Archives: jenbloodauthor

The 10 Writing and Editing Stages of the Successful Novel

I know that tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and all the cool kids are therefore writing about all the things they’re thankful for. I definitely have many, many things to thank the universe for this year: a lovely new home, a cat-and-puppy … Continue reading

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Of Cats’ Eyes and Puppy Dog Tales

It’s quarter till six on Wednesday morning, but I’ve been up since about four-thirty, thanks to a certain cat who decided four-thirty was the perfect time to come into the bedroom and prrrrt and meow and romp and knead and … Continue reading

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Puppies, More Puppies, and a Maine Crime Writers Prize for Coastal Humane Society

Hi all, I feel like I’m getting a little stale with all this dog business – next month, I promise to write about something more murder-y. In the meantime, though, my life has become considerably more dogged in the past … Continue reading

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Jen’s First Children’s Book, and a Tribute to an Artist to Remember

After several months of unexpected roadblocks and delays, I’m very pleased to announce that my children’s book, Maya Picks a Puppy, is now available! It tells the story of a girl (named Maya, wouldn’t you know?) choosing her first puppy from the … Continue reading

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Maine Garden Mystery

It’s been a wild month for Ben and me, as we’ve finally settled into our new home in Phippsburg. One of the wonders (and key selling points) for this house is the gardens, which are vast and many. I’ve been … Continue reading

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A Photo Journey of the Beasties Who Walk Among Us

I’ll be honest… It’s been a rough month. My pup Killian, who shared my world from the moment he took his first breath back in December of 2006, passed away in May. There have been many, many tears since that … Continue reading

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Beta Readers: Where to Find Them, How to Use Them, and Why You Need Them

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about my own writing process, as I slog away on the next Flint K-9 Search and Rescue novel. One of the most important parts of that process is one I actually have very little … Continue reading

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