Blog Posts - The Writing Process



Maggots, spider bites and other fun research topics

By Maggie JamesAs a novelist, I often joke that my internet browsing history wouldn't stand up to police scrutiny. I frequently research unsavoury topics, along with some fascinating ones. The most interesting so far has been Stockholm syndrome, whic...
by Maggie James Fiction on Jul 5, 2016

Are introverts better suited to being novelists than extroverts?

By Maggie JamesNow there's a question! After all, being an author is one of the most solitary professions there is, as I know from experience. I work from home, keeping normal office hours, and unless I venture out at lunchtime, I don't see or talk t...
by Maggie James Fiction on Jun 8, 2016

Interview with Cindy Lynch, author of “Bye For Now”

What is your book about? My first novel entitled Bye For Now is the first installment in a young adult series. The story begins with Callie, the book’s main character, a woman, presently in her midyears. She is our narrator. During a quiet moment o...
by Pat Bertram Introduces . . . on May 13, 2016

Editing a novel: my process

By Maggie JamesI've blogged before about different aspects of the writing process, including character creation,  plotting and how I organise my working day. This week I'd like to focus on the editing cycle. As part of my contract with Lake Unio...
by Maggie James Fiction on May 12, 2016

Writers as tortured geniuses

In this week's post I'd like to examine the stereotype of writers as tortured geniuses. It's a cliché, but one backed up by life. Examples of tormented authors abound; take Sylvia Plath, author of The Bell Jar, who was clinically depressed for most...
by Maggie James Fiction on May 4, 2016

Interview with M. J. Heywood, Author of “The Web Across the Water”

What is your book about? The Web across the Water is about two lonely souls, living on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Lily and Brad meet on an internet chat room; Lily is a prolific internet thief and fraudster, who has been using the internet...
by Pat Bertram Introduces . . . on Apr 12, 2016

Interview With Joleene Naylor, Author of “Masque of the Vampire”

What is your book about? Masque of the Vampire is the eighth in the Amaranthine series. Though is it a series, I try to write them so that anyone can pick up any book and understand what’s going on. This time Katelina and Jorick, who is one of the...
by Pat Bertram Introduces . . . on Apr 12, 2016

The story behind my publishing contract with Lake Union

Seattle's Lake UnionFebruary 17, 2016. It was a normal Wednesday for me work-wise; I'd not long finished for the day and was looking forward to a meal later with friends. Everything was ticking along nicely with my writing career, I thought. Little d...
by Maggie James Fiction on Mar 23, 2016

Coming soon - audio versions of my books!

By Maggie JamesAudio - the fastest growing segment of the book publishing industryI'm delighted to say that by the end of 2016 all my current fiction titles, along with Write Your Novel! From Getting Started to First Draft, should be available in aud...
by Maggie James Fiction on Feb 10, 2016

Interview with Erik Therme, author of “Mortom”

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in Mortom? As many writers will admit, characters are often only ‘thinly disguised versions of themselves.’ This has never been truer than with Andy Crowl in my debut mystery, Mortom. Many times I...
by Pat Bertram Introduces . . . on Jan 21, 2016

When characters go their own way

By Maggie JamesRecently I finished the first draft of my next novel, Burning Obsession, and along the way something odd happened. Many, if not all, other fiction writers report it's happened to them too; it's a concept that sounds a little off the wa...
by Maggie James Fiction on Jan 20, 2016

Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2015

By Maggie JamesLet the madness begin...Courtesy of NaNoWriMoAfter a two-year break, I'm delighted to be participating again in the annual NaNoWriMo competition. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, a madcap event in which entrants pledge to com...
by Maggie James Fiction on Oct 29, 2015

Five years later: what I've learned on my writing journey

By Maggie JamesSucre in Bolivia, where I wrote my first novel.Five years ago I quit my job and went off travelling for a year. The aim was to return with a draft of my first novel; I'd explore Asia and South America whilst accomplishing my life-long...
by Maggie James Fiction on Oct 14, 2015

Interview With Nikki Jackson, Author of “The Heart’s Journey Home”

Pat, thank you so much for the interview. I want you to know that you’re my first official interview as a published author. Welcome, Nikki. I am honored to be your first. What is your book about? The Heart’s Journey Home is a book series. Califor...
by Pat Bertram Introduces . . . on Sep 12, 2015

Why readers should support indie authors

Guest post by Sam MarquisReaders should support authors of any stripe for only one reason: great writingYears ago, when I was a literary neophyte and secretly harbored delusions of grandeur about the publishing industry, mega-author James Patterson g...
by Maggie James Fiction on Sep 10, 2015

News round-up for August 2015

By Maggie JamesThis week's blog post is an update on what's happening at Maggie James Fiction. Lots of people have been asking me how I'm getting on with Blackwater Lake and what projects I'm planning. So, without further ado, here's the lowdown on w...
by Maggie James Fiction on Aug 27, 2015

The Passage of Time and Little Details by L.V. Gaudet

No matter how farfetched and deep within the realm of the unbelievable a story may lay, it’s the little details that suggest it might just be possible. It’s the ability to sell the story as a “what if”, the idea that just maybe this *could*...
by Second Wind Publishing on Jul 31, 2015

Hoarding disorder: why I'm examining it in my latest book

By Maggie JamesOne of the themes for the book I'm currently writing, 'Blackwater Lake', is compulsive hoarding, otherwise known as hoarding disorder. I became interested after watching a documentary on the subject; unusual psychological conditions fa...
by Maggie James Fiction on Jul 29, 2015

Where have all the ghosts gone?

Guest post by J. D. BarkerForsaken by J D BarkerI'm delighted to welcome American horror novelist J. D. Barker to my blog today. J.D has written a powerful post about the power of the imagination. Here it is:It’s 3AM on a Thursday morning and I’m...
by Maggie James Fiction on Jul 22, 2015

Coming soon - my latest fiction title, Blackwater Lake!

By Maggie JamesI'm delighted to report that my latest book, Blackwater Lake, is now well under way. Unlike my previous fiction titles, this one's a novella, and I estimate its length will be 35 - 40, ooo words. (The average novel is 80,000 words long...
by Maggie James Fiction on Jul 15, 2015


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