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Blending History with the Paranormal

Posted by Guest at Feb 16, 2017 1:30 am in , , ,

by Meredith Bond The blending of genres is never easy and rarely accepted with open arms and minds. Specifically, I’m talking about blending historical romance and fantasy or paranormals. There are incredible opportunities to blend these two genres—history is filled with witch trials, women with incredible powers (usually misunderstood healers), men who can turn water […]


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Researching in Scotland by Madeline Martin

Posted by Guest at Feb 9, 2017 1:30 am in , , , , ,

I love research of all kinds – guess it’s a good thing I’m a historical romance author, huh? When I wrote my first series, I learned Krav Maga so I could give merit to the fight scenes my heroine performed in Deception of a Highlander, and then I took up making balms and teas with […]

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Ruby Shoes, Rabbit Holes and Other Plot Devices

Posted by sdonnelly at Aug 18, 2016 9:02 am in , , ,

by Shannon Donnelly  When I got the idea for the SF/Paranormal romance Edge Walkers, I knew my heroine had ended up in a bad place—a really bad place where things existed that ate the electricity out of the human body. Into this other world she would come across the hero of the story who’d also […]

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Creating Paranormal Creatures by Rebekah Ganiere

Posted by VampWereZombie at Mar 10, 2016 10:26 pm in , , , , ,

It’s rather fortuitous that Paranormal Creatures is the topic for this month’s blog. I am currently teaching a class on Worldbuilding and Magic Systems and I just talked a bit about putting creatures into your world. I love writing Paranormal, Fantasy, Steampunk and Sci-fi. And I love being able to populate my world with all […]

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Research – Beware the Vortex by April Alieda

Posted by Guest at Feb 29, 2016 1:30 am in , , ,

My favorite job, until I started writing, was a bookstore clerk in a visitor center. There wasn’t a day while I was there that I didn’t learn something new. The visitor center was more of a half-way point than a destination so rapid research was the name of the game. The researching skills I gained […]


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Harvesting the Most From Your Research by Michelle Boule

Posted by Michelle Boule at Feb 25, 2016 1:30 am in ,

I love research. I loved research so much that I became an academic librarian. As a writer, I am able to indulge my love of research often, but I know many of you shudder at even beginning this endeavor. I think that most people who shy away from delving too deeply into rows and rows […]


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Is Research Necessary? by Rebekah R. Ganiere

Posted by VampWereZombie at Feb 15, 2016 1:30 am in ,

When I think of doing research the first thing that springs to mind is a historical novel. But I have learn in writing a dystopian series as well as sci-fi that research can be necessary for just about anything you write. You hear people say all the time, “write what you know.” But what if […]


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Have Gun Will Travel… or NOT!

Posted by Guest at Feb 11, 2016 1:30 am in , , , ,

by Constance Gillam If you can’t travel to New Orleans, Edinburgh or a South Dakota reservation for your next book, the next best thing is the internet. This blog includes basic research points that a seasoned writer might find elementary, but I hope will be of value to a newbie. Just because it’s on the […]


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Field Trips—the Best Kind of Research

Posted by Guest at Feb 8, 2016 1:00 am in , , , ,

by Chris Marie Green We spend a lot of time “traveling” via our chairs and, to do research, we don’t even have to hop in the car and putter down to the library anymore! We are armchair research warriors who can look up anything with a keyboard click. It’s so very easy to stick to […]


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Myths and Fairy Tales get a Boost with Modern Research

Posted by Nancy Lee Badger at Dec 28, 2015 1:30 am in , , ,

by Nancy Lee Badger How does a writer go about setting their story in a land they have never visited? What about the story you wish to set in a time hundreds of years before you were born? What if all you have to go on is mythology and fantastic tales? How can an author […]


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