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As I finish my next story, set on the coast of Massachusetts, I’ve added a scene where two characters take a drive in a red Corvette. I thought a lighthouse would be a good destination. After climbing the steps, my characters could comment on the view from the top.

And so after writers group in Plymouth last Saturday, I took a drive to the Scituate Lighthouse to check out its details. To my surprise and disappointment, the only entrance to the lighthouse came through the private home sitting next to it. I approached two ladies in the parking lot and learned that climbing the lighthouse is possible only during the few open houses held during the summer. Since this story occurs in April, I’d never get away with faking the climb. Unfortunately, the area around the lighthouse was sparse with very few interesting attributes. Bummer.

When I arrived back home, I googled a list of coastal
lighthouses and checked their details. More disappointment…none of them are open to the public.

What to do? A different search brought up the Myles Standish Monument in South Duxbury. This looked promising! I convinced my husband to take me for a ride in… guess what? his red Corvette!… to check it out. As I suspected, the monument would not open until the first Sunday in July, Regardless, we parked at the lower entrance, walked up the steep road, and wandered around the outside of the monument. Although no climb was involved, I gathered terrific details to write into my story.

Research is not only required, but can be fun!

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If you live in southeastern Massachusetts, and are looking for something to do this evening, join me at the Boyden Library, 10 Bird Street, Foxboro, MA. Let me share with you my writing journey as I created my debut mystery ‘The Uninvited Guest’.
From inspiration to character building, through writers groups and publication, I’ll include some amusing anecdotes that happened along the way.
This event is free… hope to see you there!

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One of the cardinal rules for writers… or perhaps guideline is a better term… is to pay attention to the efforts of other writers. The purpose of reading their novel or listening to their audio book is to fine tune your own writing techniques.

To that end,  I attended a luncheon and author talk yesterday at An Unlikely Story in Plainville, MA. Visiting author Jane Green delighted the sold-out audience with her tales of her personal life, her story inspirations, her editors and publishers, and her return to more character-driven novels.

The event price included a copy of her latest book ‘The Sunshine Sisters’, which she graciously autographed before taking this photo with me.

Now I’m doubly inspired to finish writing my second Gwen Andrews story titled ‘Where There’s Smoke, There’s Trouble.’

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If you have never visited the Blackstone Public Library in Blackstone, MA, come on over the evening of Thursday, March 30, and listen while I share my writing journey as I developed the characters, setting, and story that became ‘The Uninvited Guest’. Autographed copies of my book will be available.

This event is free, but requires registration by calling 508-883-1931.

Hope to see you there!

 

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Debi's Book Cover Collage

After taking a social media workshop at this year’s Cape Cod Writers Conference, then receiving tips and hints from my friend Elizabeth Butts, I finally felt confident to complete the set-up of my FB Author Page and publish it to the world.

As a follower of my blog, would you please click on the above link and ‘like’ my new page?

Watch there for photos of author events and news about my novel ‘The Uninvited Guest’ as I find new venues to place my story into the hands of mystery readers. I’ll also be posting interesting articles that are writing-related.

THANX!

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dighton-public-libraryI’m so excited to announce another venue for my author talk about the process of writing fiction!

This coming Tuesday evening, November 15, I’m scheduled to share my writing adventure at the Dighton Public Library, 395 Main Street, Dighton, MA.

If you’re interested in writing, come and hear about the process of creating a work of fiction, based on my debut mystery ‘The Uninvited Guest’.

This free program begins at 7pm.

Hope to see you there!

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plymouth-coaIf you live in Plymouth, Massachusetts, or know someone who enjoys the varied programs offered by their Council on Aging, I’m pleased to let you know that I’ll be the first speaker in their new series ‘Meet the Author’ beginning this Wednesday, October 26, 2pm-4pm.

My author talk is titled ‘The Ins and Outs of Writing my Debut Mystery’. From initial idea through research and writing groups to publication, I’ll include amusing anecdotes that happened along the way as I wrote ‘The Uninvited Guest’.

After a short reading from my story, I’ll answer questions, and gladly autograph copies of my book.

If you’re able to join us, I look forward to seeing you there! Bring a friend!

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