Category Archives: Mar Preston

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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Mentors

I don’t think I’ve had a real up close mentor, mostly because I’ve been too over-awed by the ones I admire and too shy to ask for help. But I’ve watched a lot of writers from a distance and learned … READ MORE »

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Finding a New Way to Kill Someone Off

Today I am hosting my friend Marilyn Meredith. She is sharing news of her new book, A Cold Death. Be sure to read to the end of this post to enter Marilyn’s contest. When you’ve written as many books as … READ MORE »

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What Writers Do to Sell a Few Books

So I got an invitation to sign books more than one hundred miles away, and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from my mountain top village to coastal California. Specifically, Santa Maria. A bookstore called Bookworm. The trip offers an eyeful of glorious … READ MORE »

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The Cruelest Enemy: Self-doubt

The best writing advice I ever got was watching the agony of a writer who couldn’t bring himself to write The End. As a result, he never finished anything and still remains in the ranks of the wannabes.  Oh, he … READ MORE »

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