Wednesday, November 26, 2014

You Inspire Me

At Mysteristas today I'm talking about friends--and yes, even strangers--who inspire me:


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Meet My Character


Mystery writer Kait Carson, who writes a series set in one of my favorite places on earth--Key West--asked me to continue the "Meet My Character Blog Tour."  Visit Kait at kaitcarson.com to meet her character.  
Meanwhile, I'd like to introduce you to one of my favorite characters, Nell Letterly, super mom and martial artist.  When I write about Nell, I am being Sue Star.  
Is she fictional or historical? 
Nell is definitely fictional, but she's a creation from my own experience as a martial artist.  

When and where is the story set?

Today.  Boulder, Colorado.  Nell and her teenage daughter live in a small apartment above a down-and-out karate studio located in a part of town called The Hill, which is near a large university.  

What should we know about her?

Nell's university husband ran off to the Caribbean with most of their savings and a long-haired honey.  Left alone with the mortgage and raising the daughter who thinks the raising is all done, Nell finds work as a karate instructor.  She's come a long way, baby.  


What is the main conflict. What messes up her life?
In Nell's second adventure, Murder with Altitude, she tangles with attitude issues, in the name of powerful, established families, and also a local developer trying to control buy up all of Boulder.  

What is the personal goal of the character?
Nell's goal is always to find the killer before the killer finds her or other members of her family!

Are there other books in this series?
Murder in the Dojo is the first book in the series. 
Murder with Altitude is the current release.  
Murder for a Cash Crop is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2015.  

Thanks so much, Kait, for inviting me to participate!  

Monday, October 6, 2014

On Demons

Today I'm being Minta Monroe and posting about demons over at Cafe Otherworld.  What demon would you like to see in a story?
http://www.cafeotherworld.com/wordpress/hunting-down-demons/

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Losing 101 for Characters

Today I'm being Sue Star, with a few thoughts about baseball, losing, and characters.

Check it out at Mysteristas:

http://mysteristas.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/losing-101-for-characters/

Monday, September 22, 2014

Searching for Gold

We didn't have to look very hard.  This year the aspen are spectacular!  It helps not having floods, as we had this time last year.  With no basement to reconstruct, should I paint aspen, or write a book?!?  It's so hard to choose.  Here are some possibilities from our hike to Lily Pad Lake in Summit County:






Or maybe I should paint the brilliant colors of Loveland Pass?

Such beauty is terribly distracting!

Monday, September 8, 2014

7 Reasons to Write a Book in this Setting:



We went cruising on the Grand Union Canal in London, and now I have another book to add to the queue of books I want to write.  Here's why:  


The canal feels isolated within the city.




The lock system tells a fascinating history.




Boat people have stories to tell.




There are interesting patches of light and dark.




Why are there wild parrots in London?




Shopping is handy.




My boat is already here.


So, should I write the book?









Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Winter vs. Summer in Romania


We had the pleasure of visiting Romania last winter and again this summer.  We noticed a few contrasts.  

In winter, there's plenty of fog



Christmas lights


Vin Fiert


There's a foggy monastery on an island

and a Hobbit house! 


In summer, there are flowers in the park


ornate buildings 



a sunny monastery



boating at the lake


the old and the new


It's lovely any time!