Women, unsung wartime heroes

On Veterans Day, in this “year of the woman,” it’s important to remember that  World War II was a turning point in American social history. Nineteen million women joined the workforce while their men were away in military service. They made uniforms, boots and K-rations; tanks, amphibious craft, jeeps, ships, …

Pub 1.3 Don’t like the weather? Change it.

Mark Twain said, “Everybody talks about the weather. Nobody does anything about it.” But the writer has total control. An author can set the location, climate zone, season and particular type of weather to begin a story—in a snowstorm (Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson); in the pouring rain (My …

Civil War saga–the next Gone with the Wind?

A new Civil War novel by Ed Protzel inspired by the era’s white-hot passions evokes  Margaret Mitchell’s classic tale, Gone with the Wind. Half-breed Seminole Durksen Hurst, a perpetual misfit and charlatan who must keep moving to avoid the victims of his schemes, tired of his game, returns to his …

Pub 1.2 John Lutz: Tips on Writing Mystery and Suspense

By John Lutz We’re honored today to kick off the Writing Craft chapter of Your Writers Journey with a guest post by my St. Louis friend and writing colleague, mystery and suspense author John Lutz. John Lutz’s work includes political suspense, private eye novels, urban suspense, humor, occult, crime caper, …

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