Category Archives: Kate’s Posts

Dreaming Up An Answer

Kate Flora: Often, at bookstore and library events, I, and other writers are asked where we get out ideas. There are many answers–overheard conversations. Stories in the newspaper. Things that happened to us or people we know. Something we read or … Continue reading

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What’s In a Name?

Kate Flora: I’ve been spending a lot of time lately on Facebook and thumbing through books–Shakespeare, Barlett’s Familiar Quotations, and books of poetry. Why? Because I have a new book–dark police procedural with a brand new protagonist who goes up … Continue reading

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Adventures in Research

Since readers are often curious about how we develop our stories, we thought we’d end the month of January by sharing some of the adventures we’ve had over the years doing research. As you will see, not all of our … Continue reading

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Messages from the Universe

Kate Flora: I am now starting day six of an awfully spartan diet, which likely colors my mood in a not very pleasant fashion. Still, when I sit down to blog, thinking of readers and writers out there, I always cheer … Continue reading

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Planning, Plotting, and Other Adventures

Kate Flora: January is always a time for reflection. My friend Lea Wait used to make five year plans, and January was a good time to review and revise them. I admired her greatly for that, but I’ve never been … Continue reading

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How Hating November Enriches My Vocabulary

Kate Flora: Three cold, rainy days this week have reminded me how much I hate November. The sky is gray, the clouds are gray, the world around me is gloomy shades of brown. I don’t want to write in the … Continue reading

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Using Colorful Language – No, Not That Kind

Kate Flora: I’ve just wrapped up the first draft of Gutted,a book where fog plays a big role, a book set in October when the season is definitely changing, and where much of the action takes place at night. As … Continue reading

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