New Novella GAMBLE Making the Rounds

Sorry to double post today. I try never to do that, but sometimes it just can't be helped. Today is one of those days. I've got some really great and supportive friends. Several of them are helping me promote my new release, Gamble. A few of the posts have already gone live, and more will... Continue Reading →

C. S. Boyack and Character in Will O’the Wisp

Hi, everybody. I'm so glad you can join me today. I'm traveling all over the place. You can find me at Delilah Devlin's site and Mary E. Thompson's site, as well as making my last tour stop with Mae Clair. But I'm especially excited to welcome C. S. Boyack here as we round out the Story Empire... Continue Reading →

Satisfying Ends to Series

This week marks the end of two television series that I watch and love---Grimm and Bones. Grimm is on its sixth season, Bones its twelfth. And they share more with each other than eerie titles. I think there are several reasons why these series had such broad appeal: Each episode was a self-contained mystery while... Continue Reading →

What’s in a Name?

Do you have trouble naming characters? Joan Hall at Story Empire has written a great post about it, and there are even more suggestions in the comments. Check it out…

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Hi SE’rs, Joan here. Happy first day of March. The Story Empire authors are expanding our blogging schedule to Mondays and Wednesdays along with a Friday share thread. I’m the first to post on Wednesday. Today, I want to talk about character names.

A couple of months ago, while outlining my current WIP, I said to my husband, “I need a name for my antagonist.”

He was quick to respond. “How about Damien?”

Immediately I thought of The Omen. “He’s a bad guy not a child of the devil.” Needless to say, I chose something else.

A few days later, after having thought about it, I decided to look up the meaning of Damien. Turns out, it is of Greek origin, derived from the word Damianos, which is from the word damazo and means “to tame.”

Saint Damian and his twin brother Cosmo were martyred in the early fourth century…

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How Do You Picture Your Characters?

When I first picture my characters, they're kind of faceless, perfect specimens. I can see their eyes, but not in their faces. Or their noses, but not on their faces. The jawline, the full lips, the wavy hair... whatever. Each perfect individual characteristic, but not the whole picture. I kind of like it that way.... Continue Reading →

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