Posts by Deborah Rice

Assassins and Spies

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Assassins and Spies

Let’s talk about “developing” characters. Characters, it seems to me, are drawn from a well we’ve been tossing bits of experience and observation into since birth, and letting them marinate like a Victorian tutti-frutti. Once we decide we need a certain type of character for a novel, we visit that well, and, as we continue to inhabit that character, we continue to revisit the well, re-dipping the character like a tallow candle, adding layers and depth every time. Imagine, now, a young woman, fresh from college in America, wanting to contribute something to the world,...

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The Belly of the Beast

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 | 0 comments

The Belly of the Beast

Let’s talk about crocodiles. Am I making this up, about the crocodiles in Gambela, to scare you because you don’t know anything about Africa, and it seemed like a good way to add suspense to Green Pastures, my first Global Village Mystery? The true answer is a resounding NO! Crocodiles, like many other hard facts about sudden death, are things people deal with in daily life in Gambela, as in many parts of the globe. Everything I’ve put in the book about crocodiles I’ve either seen or heard about in Gambela or researched to the best of my ability. Imagine a young woman...

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Writer’s Tool Kit: Sarah Lovett Workshop #3

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 | 0 comments

Writer’s Tool Kit: Sarah Lovett Workshop #3

Sarah Lovett also offered in her workshop a tool kit of writing exercises from which I could choose whatever appealed to me to jump-start a character or situation or scene

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The Wellspring: Sarah Lovett Workshop #2

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 | 1 comment

The Wellspring: Sarah Lovett Workshop #2

In her workshop, Sarah Lovett coaxed me to work from the heart of character, and the interaction of character with character, that leads to true action and plot.

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The Key: Sarah Lovett Workshop #1

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 | 0 comments

The Key: Sarah Lovett Workshop #1

The UNM Writers Conference was over. I was wrapping up the background research for the first of my Global Village Mysteries, Green Pastures. As I started the actual plotting and writing of the first book, I thought it would be the perfect time to take Sarah Lovett’s one-on-one four-week workshop “Get Your Best Start on Your Bestseller.”

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