Posted in behind the scenes, Yuma Baby

Cheating?

One thing that happens when you’re sick for awhile is you get a chance to read. A lot.

Recently, reading a mystery novel, mostly absorbed in the story (the writer was a bit self-conscious, so I wasn’t totally able to lose myself, my suspension of disbelief only partially lifted), I was dropped completely out of it when a character, driving a rental car, wondered what time it was. Hmmm. When was the last time you rented a car that didn’t have a clock on the dashboard?

Was the author cheating a bit? Ignoring the fact that most cars these days have clocks so the character wouldn’t know how much time was passing? So we wouldn’t know?

I felt manipulated. Then I realized… I’ve cheated readers too! Sometimes it’s just too easy to conveniently shift reality a bit to make something in the plot work a little better.

I use mostly real places in my novels. In my most recent Rollin RV Mystery, the main character goes into the ladies’ room at a rest stop about seven miles inside the California border along Interstate 8. There really is a rest stop there. I’ve stopped at it.

It’s got the same wide, sandy parking area I described in the book, but the real bathrooms are more like single vault toilets than the common room with individual stalls I invented for the book.

I thought a long time about changing that scene to reflect the actual rest area, but no matter how I tried to re-envision it, the scene had to happen the way it does in the book, and the only way that was possible was to change how the bathroom was laid out.

Cheating.

[Did you catch the “cheater”image in this post? The stuffed animal pic might look like the one on the cover of “Yuma Baby,” but it’s a different toy. See how easy it is to twist things even a little?]

Posted in behind the scenes, Books to Travel By, reading

What’s a Story Molecule?

Many thanks to Deb Sanders who invited me to share some thoughts on her blog! It gave me a chance to reveal how story molecules bombard us, sometimes forming into full stories.

Deb herself is great at this. A fellow RVing author, she pens mysteries and romances.

You can read my post here.

And while you’re there — take a look at all Deb has to offer on her site, including her short stories. Continue reading “What’s a Story Molecule?”

Posted in behind the scenes

Fellow RV Mystery Writers: MJ Williams

After I read On the Road to Death’s Door, by MJ Williams, I had to find out more about its author — or, I should say, authorS.

MJ Williams is a pen name for sisters-in-law Peggy Joque Williams and Mary Joy Johnson (nee Williams). These women balance other professional interests with their collaborative writing efforts — and I knew we’d all learn something from their experiences as a writing team.

Let’s start with the travel-writing balance. One of Peggy’s blog posts mentions that Mary Joy travels. How often do each of you hit the road? Give us an idea of your RVing experience. Continue reading “Fellow RV Mystery Writers: MJ Williams”

Posted in writing advice

RVing Novelist Interviews — In One Handy Spot!

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I love this blog design, with all it’s sticky-note and pencil images… Very writerly! But it doesn’t have the cleanest navigation. To make things easier, I not only added the site map (in the right column on a laptop, if you scroll down) but also you can find the tiny links at the top of the screen for different pages.

Plus in spots like this I’ll give you direct link to pages like the one I just added that gives you direct link to all the author interviews you’ve been seeing here lately. Makes it so much easier (I hope!) to find cool stuff like this.

Bookmark the page and you can go right to it when new interviews get posted!

Oh… and there will be more! I promise!

Know other fiction writers who are RVers? Or maybe feature main characters who are RVers? Let me know! I’d love to include them here!