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Silencers, don’t. By Adam Firestone

All I know about silencers I learned from action movies, primarily those featuring Agent 007. That’s all I knew before I met ADAM FIRESTONE, that is. Most of what I “knew” about silencers was wrong, […]

JUST DESSERT: why a whole book can’t be a happy ending with Damon Suede

We read romance because we want the happy ending – we want the hero and heroine to end up together. But you can’t rush it, you can’t make the path too easy with shortcuts on craft. Damon […]

STUXNET: ANATOMY OF A CYBER WEAPON by Adam Firestone

RU’s resident weapons expert ADAM FIRESTONE returns with a post that will make you wary of flash drives, computer worms and cyber attacks. Stuxnet is widely described as the first cyber weapon.  In fact, Stuxnet […]

How to Choreograph Direct Action Scenes by Adam Firestone

Weapons expert and literary consultant Adam Firestone became a regular RU columnist shortly after presenting an all-day writers’ workshop hosted by the Ohio Valley RWA chapter.  In this interview, flashing back to 2012, we asked Adam about a […]

High-Stylin’ Research with Avery Flynn

Avery Flynn discusses the way she used research to bring authenticity and depth to her books. Welcome Avery! High-Stylin’ Research If I could have just one fashion wish, it would be to have every pair of Crocs […]

Trademark and the Author with Mindy Klasky

Mindy Klasky is one smart cookie. So you can imagine my delight when she wanted to tackle one of the harder subjects that authors face when writing. . . trademarks. We have the joy of making […]

What’s in a Name by Christine Merrill

I met Christine Merrill at Jennifer Crusie’s Cherry Con in 2007. Christine read an excerpt of her historical romance, AN UNLADYLIKE OFFER. It knocked me out. I’d had the impression that historicals were stuffy and […]

Literary Archaeology – The Craft of Historical Research with Hazel Gaynor

Writing historical fiction means merging two stories into one. The factual, what actually happened, and the story you want to tell the reader. Today’s guest, Hazel Gaynor, wrote a novel inspired by true events of the Titanic’s […]

Party fèves: the charms baked into the batter with Damon Suede

Do you have books that have grabbed your because of one line? A scene? The way an author depicts a setting? Those little gems are what keep you riveted in the story and keep it on your mind […]

Adam Firestone: I’m Sorry Ma’am, That’s Classified: Security Clearances and Classified Information Basics for Writers

Instead of his usual instructional posts on weaponry, today ADAM FIRESTONE lifts up the curtain on the shadowy world of secrets and classified information. If you’ve read this column with any regularity, you’re probably aware […]

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