Author Archives: M.Preston

Why Bother Writing Anything?

It’s all too easy to fall into the “Why bother?” trap?  There you can have a good wallow in self-doubt, even worse, self-pity. It’s the best time in human history to be a writer aiming for publication.  It’s also the … READ MORE »

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The In Between Books Stuck Place

I’ve got a novel with an editor and an EBook on writing suspense in the pipeline, waiting for publication. It’s an uncomfortable place, jammed up in a bottleneck. Both these projects took a longer time than when I started writing.  … READ MORE »

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Snappy Dialogue

Thought I’d excerpt a  passage from my new EBook in the “Writing Your First Mystery” series, just to let the crime fiction world know I’m still out there beavering away. Keeping Tension Snapping in Your Dialogue If you have trouble … READ MORE »

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Memoir Becomes Fiction

I live in a California mountain village with an unusual number of creative people. We’re close enough to the Los Angeles sprawl that “Industry” people can commute to auditions and jobs. The arts scene thrives here with two community theater … READ MORE »

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My Ideal Writing Place

Imagine if you were given permission to buy whatever you liked on Arhaus, a home and outdoor site? Please note this is only an imaginary shopping experience. Sigh. Writers need a good desk or writing surface. Good lighting and a … READ MORE »

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Why Write Crime Fiction

Don’t you wish you could get back at men who are bullies and jerks, those women who are gold-diggers and narcissists? You can writing crime fiction. I never wanted to hang out in a cop bar, or be a cop, … READ MORE »

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