Guest author: Graeme Cumming – Self help in writing

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When I wrote Ravens Gathering, I knew it needed plotting carefully. There were several twists in it, and garden paths needed laying for the reader to be led up – difficult to do if you start with no real sense of direction.

So I decamped to Spain for a week and spent each morning on a balcony with a sea view in front of me and mountains either side. There are worse places to sit with a pen and A4 pad.

Over the course of that week, I wrote the outline. I started by writing out the events in chronological order, giving me a timeline. But, of course, that’s not the order you reveal things in. I also had to bear in mind that, although some of the events took place over decades, the core story needed telling over a few days. So it was like…

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Mystery Thriller Week

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT HEARTBREAKER by @dancummings85 #Horror

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Today’s team review is from Teri, she blogs at

#RBRT Review Team

Teri has been reading Heartbreaker by Dan Cummings


Well – who wouldn’t like this premise – unfaithful men being punished?  Except for the men maybe?  And they are truly punished in horrific ways in this novel.

I have to admit, I had some difficulty getting into this book.  The first half contains several scenes and pages of typical guy banter between Antony and his friends that might be amusing, but don’t do much to advance the plot, so I skimmed through those sections.  Descriptive writing is obviously important to any novel, something at which this author is very skilled, but some passages contained so much it detracted from the story.  A little can go a long way in putting images in the reader’s head.

The second half of the novel is when things begin to happen and the action…

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Guest post: lesson 1 by David Kummer

Mystery Thriller Week

Welcome to this lesson of David Kummer’s writing course. That’s me, by the way. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, success stories, or just something fun to say, email me at I’d love to talk about anything and everything, especially if that everything has to do with books, basketball, or Chinese food. I am a teenager, after all. So that’s that! Head on down and read what might be the best writing course of your life, but also might be the worst 😉 You won’t know until you try!

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Science Fiction and Young Adult Lit: An Interview with Author Ree Kimberley

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I’m thrilled to add another interview to my series of discussions with editors, writers, and other folks in books publishing. I had the opportunity to speak with the marvelous and ever brilliant Ree Kimberley who is the author of Rat City, a young adult science fiction novel, as well as a brilliant scholar. She offers insight into the future of literature and how the brain works when reading. (I, perhaps unfairly, asked her some big questions about the mind, and she rose to the challenge with grace and eloquence.)

You can also check out the other interviews in this series, including one with Editorial Director Alison Hennessey and another with teacher and author Sarah J. Higbee.

Ree Kimberley.jpgBio: 

 Ree Kimberley is a writer from Brisbane, Australia. Her degrees in creative writing involved studying the roles of posthumanism and neuroscience in young adult literature, and those topics permeate her…

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