Category Archives: Kaitlyn’s Posts

Give Every Character a Secret

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, working on the rough draft, otherwise known as first draft, s**t draft, or “throw in everything, including the kitchen sink” draft, of the third “Deadly Edits” mystery. This is always the most challenging stage of … Continue reading

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Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett here. There’s something that happens quite often to fiction writers, especially writers of historical fiction—they come across a real incident that seems to fit into their story and decide to include a fictionalized version in a … Continue reading

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The Fine Line Between Saving and Hoarding

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, once again doing some weeding. This past week, when I was moving last year’s file folders to make room for new ones for 2019 receipts, I realized that every single one of the places I … Continue reading

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Taking Stock

Happy New Year, everyone. Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, starting 2019 the way I always do, by going back over the records I’ve kept during the previous year. Yesterday, I set up a tray table in the living room and … Continue reading

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The Writer at Work

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, today talking about how I write and attempting, for the first time, to share a video. Stage one is what I call “raw” writing—from head to fingertips to screen. No one reads this version of … Continue reading

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“Not My Idea of a Cozy Book”

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, today tackling the subject of reader expectations. No, this isn’t going to be a discussion of what defines a cozy mystery, although that definition plays into the topic. What I want to talk about is … Continue reading

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What did you do in the war, Daddy?

Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett here. Every year when Veterans’ Day comes around, I think of my father, William R. (Russ) Gorton. He graduated from Liberty High School in Liberty, New York in 1928, the same year my mother graduated from … Continue reading

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