Category Archives: Susan’s posts

Grouches, Crabs, & Pooches

Today is Presidents Day. I noted in checking through my past posts that my assigned date last year fell also on Presidents Day. In 2020, I wrote about presidential trivia. So rather than repeat, I’ll mention it briefly and move … Continue reading

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Mystery or Suspense?

Although my mystery author friends here accept me into their ranks, I write romantic suspense and have been published in that genre for a long time. When I tell non-romance readers what I write, they look at me blankly. I … Continue reading

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COOPED-UP BLUES?

Feeling blue? The you-know-what that starts with p got you down? You aren’t alone. Liquor sales are up. Many people report insomnia, lack of interest in activities they previously did daily or weekly, and downright depression. I know at least … Continue reading

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Book Research Challenges

Book research can mean travel or contacting primary sources or searching online or a combination. Whatever form it takes, I find research always interesting and often fascinating. I have to hold myself back from oversharing in my novels. For Primal … Continue reading

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Election Season Crazies

If you’re hoping for an escape from the campaigns, this isn’t it. But my column isn’t about 2020, but a look at past—distant past—election seasons and nasty campaigns with false accusations and sensational claims. I posted this four years ago, … Continue reading

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Is the Government Watching Me?

Susan Vaughan here. A recent post by Maggie Robinson about how easy it is to be sucked into detailed research for a book prompted me to consider how research by writers who create fictional murders, terrorist threats and attacks, and … Continue reading

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Adventure or Misadventure?

Susan Vaughan here. I’ve written about this misadventure  before, but readers and other writers have encouraged me to share it again. I think they need a chuckle or two. Several years ago when the Romance Writers of America conference was … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location

No, I’m not writing about real estate, or maybe I am, but I’m not trying to sell you any property, I promise. This is about fiction settings—region, country, state, city, bodies of water, even food and drink. Realistic or real … Continue reading

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Dying for Strawberry Pie

Susan Vaughan here, not dying yet. Maybe I wouldn’t literally die for strawberry pie, but eating the delicious fruit whether au naturel or in a pie is “to die for.” Those of you in some states south of Maine already … Continue reading

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HOOKED ON READING DURING THE PANDEMIC

Like everyone, I’ve been practicing social distancing and mostly staying home, but that’s par for an introvert and a writer, both of which I am. I’m a voracious reader normally, and now is no different. I wish I could say … Continue reading

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