Category Archives: researching

The Fish Test for Nanny X

When people think of writers researching stories, they often think of nonfiction. But writers research fiction, too. Details —like the way it feels to cast a fishing rod or do a loop on a roller coaster — need to be right for a fictional … Continue reading

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Writing Process Blog Hop

Readers get to see what our stories look like when they are bound and published. But what do they look like along the way? Michelle Knudsen thought you (yes, you) might be interested in knowing the answer to that, so she … Continue reading

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Whipple Company Store

One of the best places I visited when I was working on Canary in the Coal Mine was Whipple Company Store. Located in Scarbro, W.Va., Whipple is owned and operated by Joy Lynn, her husband, Chuck, and their kids. Joy … Continue reading

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Pictures to generate 1000 words

Well, hopefully more than 1,000. I’m in the final stages of revisions on my middle-grade novel, so I took a trip to Charleston, W.Va., over Thanksgiving to walk around my setting a bit more as I enter what I’m hoping … Continue reading

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The Savages lived two houses down from us on our dead-end street in Blacksburg, Va. I never knew Lon Savage well because when you’re a kid, adults only seem to enter your life when they yell at you (the Savages … Continue reading

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