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The Joy of Writing Fiction

Susan Finlay Writes

My first mystery series, The Outsiders, has three published books, while my other two series have only one published book each. I have another book planned out for each of those series, and they’re all tugging at me to write them. I know the characters extremely well, and even without a full outline, I can anticipate much of what will need to happen in those books to get the characters from Point A to Point Z.

That’s not so with the book I’m currently writing, The Handyman. It’s the first book in a new mystery series. The book is set in a troglodyte village in France, similar to the village in my Outsiders series, but the characters are new. I’ve done a lot of background work–I know a great deal about each character. But a writer (at least most of us who don’t create full outlines beforehand) can’t really…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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