What inspired you to write your first book?

Several things all came together at roughly the same time.  Firstly, Spellcheck changed my life, as it enabled me to share with others what I wrote without the shame or embarrassment! I had never really realized, but my problems I’d suffered my whole life were from dyslexia. I had always loved to write, I could write so easily and effortlessly, but the spelling was a major setback. I was never able to share anything I wrote. But with my first laptop, I was away!

Obsidian Mask

My first book, The Obsidian Mask, was born from my wish to share my passion for archaeology and adventure, and to fill a void in the market for believable, down-to-earth YA fiction.  The little Archaeology there is in literature or film for children, is always depicted as either plundering, clumsy archaeologists looking for treasure, or shown with special effects in movies. I believe it is exciting enough without any extra enhancements!

How did you come up with the title?

The Obsidian Mask is the exquisite, ancient artefact that the team of archaeologists discover when they excavate the tomb of an ancient Mesopotamian warrior queen. It is the death mask that covers her face, and proves to be the cause of the four young teens frightening adventure, as they stay at the desert archaeological site while visiting their parents.

The title for the sequel, Secrets of The River; Throughout the centuries, the Trebbia River in Italy has had much going on behind the tranquil lapping of waves on its shores… from Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps with his army and elephants, to German soldiers hiding their plunder…

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

The Obsidian Mask is the first book. The sequel, Secrets of the River, is about to be launched early 2015. The four teenagers are now in Italy, as their adventures continue in the unfolding story of the joining of their lives, and the realization, after some very dangerous situations, that exposing the true identity of someone very close to home, some family secrets are better left buried.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Not really, but a couple of teen readers have told me that they had not realized before reading the books that our human history and past is still very much who we are today. Some things we read in history books may seem distant and so far behind us, but really, we have been here for such a short time, who we are today is just a result of things that happened before. Some of my readers just love the adventures, while others take it a step further and think beyond the story. I have had parents read The Obsidian Mask who told me they have learned a lot from it. This wasn’t really my intention, but it’s a nice feeling to spark the interest in anyone, young or old!

I love telling a part of history that isn’t widely known or discussed, such as the plundering of ancient artefacts, art by the Nazis, or the thought that the place where you were born, decides for you the what uniform you wear in wartime… as is the case in book 2, Secrets of The River.

How much of the book is realistic?

Although exciting, fictional adventures, my books are realistic. They are quite informative, too, but without the reader realizing this too much. This is my intention, to show that not all fiction for teens has to be Sci-fi, magic, or frightening zombies taking over the earth. These books are very believable, and the characters are in depth, develop throughout the stories, with the reader. I enjoy injecting some truth within the storyline, so that my readers can research further a subject should their curiosity take them there! I loved talking about the cradle of civilization in The Obsidian Mask, and letting my readers know how advanced they were in the ‘fertile crescent’, with their medical knowledge, engineering, and life in general, while we at the same time in the west were still so backward and ignorant!

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Well, I have to say there is probably a little of me in every character. An ‘adult’ who recently read The Obsidian Mask, said that it was an eye into my soul! Well, I had no idea I was so transparent! But I have a clear picture of the characters in the book when I write, and I can hear then talk. It is almost as if they tell the story and I just write what happens!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. It is pretty much as it should be.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I think my readers will understand if I ask them to tell their friends to get off their computers, look up from their phones and see the world around you. Every breath we take is a countdown. So climb a tree, a hill, feel the breeze, listen to nature. See what is out there. Enjoy the world that took so many millions of years to form, and get us to here!  When I describe opening an ancient tomb, to see the skeleton of the queen, or the Etruscan sailor who died trying to save his dog on the listing ship over 2000 years ago, this shows us how short life really is. So grab it! It’s great!

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project?

I have several in Secrets of The River, which is a fast moving adventure. But perhaps my favorite is a quiet scene in where the two English young teens, Natasha and Alex who have come to stay with Lorenzo and Gabriella in their ancestral villa in Italy as their parents are now engaged to each other, share an awkward, tender moment. Gabriella and Lorenzo’s mother had died a couple of years before, and we find out that Marcello cant bear to spend time there at the villa as it reminds him so much of his wife.  Lorenzo, 15, is still very much mourning his mother and suffering internally.  Natasha sees for the first time through his eyes, how her mother will be in a way, replacing his mother, and the conversation becomes a little strained.

The four are sitting around the pool. When Alex innocently asks Gabriella if her grandmother, the stiff Contessa, likes the thought of his English mother marrying into the family. Lorenzo gets up from his sun bed and walks around to the deep end of the pool, and fiddles with the filter in the ground with his back to them. After several minutes, Natasha realizes he is upset, and the sensitive conversation about their parents marrying continues between Alex and Gabriella. When he eventually returns to the fold, his eyes are moist and he sits next to Natasha at the pool’s edge. He looks her in the eye letting her in on his secret that he had been crying, and gives her a little sheepish smile. She took it to mean perhaps that it was OK; he was all right with it. They sit together at the edge of the pool in silence, swirling the water around with their feet, their arms touching, and neither pulling away.

I love this scene as it brings Natasha and Lorenzo closer together as future siblings and tells us a lot about how Lorenzo suffers with the loss of his mother, and how his father is still absent in his life. Natasha also realized how selfish she had been in not accepting Marcello, Lorenzo’s father, as we read in book 1. Natasha realizes how Lorenzo and Gabriella had so much more to come to terms with, compared to her.

What is your favorite theme/genre to write?

I love YA fiction. Perhaps it is because at heart I am still a Young Adult myself!

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

No nothing is taboo. Although I have been told by people that it is best to keep religion out of the stories. All the more reason to put it in perhaps? I did conform though to suggestions. There is a scene in The Obsidian Mask, where the four are trapped in a cave having been kidnapped. Lying in the dark on the cave floor, Natasha hears Gabriella and Lorenzo praying in Italian. She is rather cynical, but keeps it to herself, as she can’t believe they seriously thought someone was watching over them from above. If there were, they certainly were wouldn’t be in the frightening mess they were in now! I was told to remove this as agnosticism or atheism isn’t really suitable in teen literature in the US. So I complied and took out the part praying too, as I didn’t want to promote religion without a balanced point of view! I almost regret removing this, as it showed Natasha’s character as a free thinker, even at fourteen, a bit of a nonconformist, and she doesn’t accept anything readily without working it out first. It was only one line, and had nothing to do with any specific religion, it was only a fictional character’s point of view. Funny though, how religion and lack of it is has almost become taboo in literature. I would have liked my readers to have known that about her.

What book are you reading now?

I am researching for book three. Books of Algeria, but mostly on the Internet, I must confess. I am reading about the white slave trade in the 16th and 17th centuries, which was just as rampant as the black slave trade, but nobody learns about it at school, and I’m not sure why!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I like Kate Mosse

Do you see writing as a career?

We’ll see. That would be my dream.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself in a little cottage by water, with a desk facing the sunset.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The spelling. I think I am dyslexic and the spelling is an absolute chore. Even writing this interview, there have been dozens of red lines under words that I have had to correct. It is such a pain. But as I said earlier, spellcheck brought me to this point, and I am truly grateful to the developers if the program! I dedicated my first book to spellcheck. It meant that much to me!

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

No I can’t say I have. Often, I change a paragraph, or a chapter, so it never really gets to that point.

What book do you wish you had written?


What is your best marketing tip?

Marketing is so difficult. I really have no tips at all, I am still learning myself! They say gather as many Facebook likes as you can, but I think this is rather futile, I’d rather the people who have liked my page to really like it, not just click it aimlessly not knowing who I am or what my books are bout. I’d rather have genuine people follow me than ones who come through a paid click program.  I think blogging is a good way, although the teen audience I write for as not really on WordPress. I think I am more in need of marketing tips more than being qualified to give them out!

What genre is your next project? What is it about?

The genre is still YA, (or anyone interested in a great, exciting story.) Adults and teens alike will find it fascinating. It is the third in the current series. It still follows the story line from Books one and two, teen adventures loosely based around the parents international archaeological excavations.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

My next book starts in Algeria, and then goes to Ireland. It is about Natasha, Lorenzo, Gabriella and Alex finding the sarcophagus of an Irish girl in Algeria, and the trail they follow for her story. They are in Algeria as their parents are now married, the family is one, and Marcello is lecturing in N Africa about the palaces and forts being slowly swallowed up by the encroaching Sahara desert. They follow the story of a girl kidnapped by Barbary pirates from her fishing village in S Ireland, as so many thousands and thousands were, from all along the coasts of Europe, Britain, France, The Mediterranean to Scandinavia, and taken as slaves to N Africa. It is a story I think should be told, as no one knows about the White African slave markets.

How do we find your books, blog and bio?


The books are available on Amazon.com



Infinity Publishing (discounts for large orders)


Blog;  wordpress https://carolineludovici.wordpress.com

Take a look of Caroline’s progress here: 

Previous interview: http://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/09/10/caroline-ludovici-interview/

I found this award over at: http://suddenlytheyalldied.com/2015/03/18/award-season-continues-again/


As I love conversing and sharing with other writers, I have taken up the challenge.

  1. What makes you dance?  The completion of a manuscript, the first sight of the new book cover and any music with a great drum beat.
  2. What is your favorite genre?  Don’t really have one… I read multiple genres and write them as well. I favorite Stephen King, Kate Morton, Felix de Palma, Maeve Binchey and James Long. So you see a broad spectrum.
  3. If you could have lunch with one of the captains from Star Trek or one of the characters from Star Wars, who would you choose and why? My husband watches these shows…not really my cup of tea. Although, I am drawn to the strong female characters. B’Elanna and Seven of Nine are great levers of those around them and do not concede quickly. As for my choice of Star Trek captains, I think I would choose Captain Kathryn Janeway – she stands her ground but her decisions are emotion and instinct based, which is her strength.
  4. Which five books would you take with you to a desert island? Ferney by James Long, Under the Dome & The Stand by Stephen King, The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchey, Thrush Green by Miss. Read.
  5. Why did you start blogging? I was encouraged to begin blogging by my publisher and members of my writing group to highlight my passion for writing and to connect with other writers and promote my novels. I enjoy the community and interaction of my blog and set a schedule and theme/topic for the year prior to New Year’s day each year. One year I utilized a desk diary word of the day and created posts every day using the day’s word. It was a lot of work but was thrilling to see where my mind went to create each post.

Do please link back here if you take this award – I’d love to read all your answers!  Or if you don’t want to take the award, then answer some of the questions in the comments below.  Let’s get to know each other!

I would like to extend the invitation to my followers and these are the questions I have set.

1. If you could become a character from a novel, who would you be and why?

2. Given the opportunity where in the world would you live and why?

3. What was the first song (record, CD) you bought?

4. Which movie(s) do you wish had not been made from a book(s) and why?

5. Which era do you prefer in art?

Do have fun and link back so we can find your answers or leave a comment here.

I began a ‘short’ story for children but somehow it is getting longer and longer. So I will post excerpts of it for your enjoyment and that of your children!

monster claw

Clickety Click  Part 1

It’s eyes widened as it grew closer and closer to her face. Alice was paralyzed with fear, clutching her bedcovers with white knuckled fingers. The creature’s mauve skin glistened with slime and drops fell onto its spindly pointed claws. Alice opened and closed her mouth willing her voice to sound in the dark bedroom. The claws clicked together as the monster’s jaw opened. Click, click, clickety, click.

Alice’s scream woke her. She was drenched in sweat; her heart beating so fast it hurt her chest. She had no idea how long she screamed but her throat was sore. Shortly after waking, she heard her uncle’s thundering footsteps coming up the stairs. The noise drowned out her aunt’s voice full of concern and Alice’s fear induced tears.

The bedroom door flew open and Alice’s uncle stood in the doorway, looking around the room before rushing to the bed and embracing Alice.

“There, there girl, what was it? A nightmare?”

Alice tried to stop her crying in an effort to answer him as her voice croaked and her body shuddered.

“It was a monster, a huge mauve monster with sharp claws and dripping slime. Uncle Gregor, I was so frightened.”

“What a horrid dream, my girl. You are perfectly safe now.”

Alice’s Aunt walked into the room slightly out of breath with a panicked look on her face.

“Oh my, you poor dear. Just look at you. I think it would be best if you had a nice glass of milk and left the bedside light on.”

“Thank you, Aunt Cattrine. I’m feeling better now you are both here but a nice glass of milk does sound good. I can come down to get it.”

“Not at all, let Uncle stay with you, it won’t take me long.”

Her aunt stroked Alice’s hair before exiting the room giving her husband a quick wink as she left. With her uncle’s strong arms around her, Alice felt safe and calmed down as her heartbeat resumed a normal beat.

Once she finished her milk, her aunt and uncle left her to sleep the rest of the night with the small lamp lit. They told her to call them if she had another bad dream. Alice drew her bedclothes up as far as she could and curled up into a ball. She watched shadow branches on the wall closest to the door for some time before her eyelids grew heavy and sleep claimed her.

Click, click, clickety, click. His claws tapped together as he sat in the corner watching her. He delighted in the way she moved as she spun the threads back and forth. The aroma of boiling meat filled the room, making him drool. She turned and grinned; she was as hungry as he looked. This would be a good feast.

Alice slipped out of the covers and curled her toes when they touched the cold wooden floor. She pulled her legs up and reached for her thick woolen socks. Once her feet were enclosed in the soft warmth of the wool, she wrapped a large dressing gown around her and walked downstairs. She found her aunt and uncle busily cleaning the kitchen counters. She thought it was odd as breakfast was not on the table but their smiling faces pushed the thought away.

“There she is. You do look better this morning, rosy cheeks and sparkling eyes. Now what do you fancy for breakfast?”

“Whatever you and uncle Gregor are having is fine, thanks auntie.”

“Well I think after such a dreadful night you should choose, I haven’t begun anything yet.”

Why were they cleaning so thoroughly if they haven’t eaten yet? Her uncle’s large hand on her shoulder made Alice dismiss the thought. She turned and smiled up at her large heavyset uncle.

“Sausage and eggs would be perfect, if I may. Thank you, Auntie.”

“Good breakfast choices, Alice, I think we will all enjoy eating them.”

Alice walked to the counter and pulled out the cutlery drawer then began laying the table settings. Her aunt turned to the stove and placed a large skillet on the heated ring, while her uncle picked out sausages and eggs from the fridge. The sausages soon began to sizzle and their tantalizing smell filled the kitchen.

When the food was cooked and placed on plates, they sat down to eat. Alice chewed the spicy sausages and marveled at the unusual but delicious taste. The eggs were special too, bigger than Alice had ever seen before with large deep yellow yolks. Alice collected all the plates once everyone had their fill and set them into the sink before turning on the tap. She heard a clickety click behind her and turned swiftly. Her aunt and uncle were smiling at each other and both frowned at Alice’s sudden movement.

“Whatever is it, dear?”

“Didn’t you hear it? That clickety click noise.”

“No dear just the water running and your uncle’s belch. Really Gregor, your manners!”

“I must be overly sensitive, that nightmare was so real, and I swear I could feel its breath on my face. Thank you both for caring for me.”

“No need for thanks, Alice, we are here to make sure you are healthy…”

With her back turned, Alice didn’t see Cattrine punch Gregor’s arm hard.

“What Uncle means is happy and healthy, Alice. Now are you meeting Bernadette today?”

“Yes, I am. Her Mom will collect me at ten o’clock so I should get dressed.”

Cattrine watched Alice leave the room then licked her lips. Gregor sat with his head down sucking at his fingertips.

“Good grief, Gregor, watch your tongue around her. Get yourself up and go to the pens and feed them.”

Gregor stood slowly blocking out the window with his massive bulk but scuffing his feet like a reluctant child.  Cattrine huffed and turned to the cupboards. As she took out a huge pot, Gregor opened the back door and left mumbling under his breath.

“If you are swearing about me I’ll know it, Gregor.”

She heard no answer so began her chores. In the pantry, she unlocked a metal container’s lid and inhaled deeply. Drool dripped from her mouth. She sucked in deeply to return it to her throat. The aroma tantalized her in a way nothing else did. Cattrine pulled out a slab of meat and carried into the kitchen. Footfalls on the stairs made her stop and return to the pantry. She closed the door and stood at the sink waiting for Alice to enter.

“You do look nice, Alice. It’s nearly ten; maybe you should walk down to the end of the lane and wait for Bernadette’s Mom there? It will save her driving all the way up here and it’s too nice a day not to enjoy.”

“Yes, it is lovely out there the sun is so warm. I should be home by four o’clock, Auntie.”

“Have a wonderful day, dear.”

Alice kissed her aunt on the cheek and skipped out of the door, happy and carefree. Absently brushing away a spot of wetness from her cheek as she walked into the wooded glen.

Cattrine returned to the pantry, picked up the slab of meat and began cutting it into strips. Next, she took out a large mincer and fed the strips into the machine. The extruded meat formed a pink and white curl into a bowl beneath it. When all the meat was minced, Cattrine began adding spices and herbs to it. She dug her hands into the mixture and kneaded it repeatedly. Her mouth salivated as she did so.

Thank you all for liking, commenting, participating and above all returning to read my blog.

I hope to grow this online writing community throughout 2015 and still have plenty of room for writer/author interviews this year. Just drop me a line. I’m more than happy to adapt posting days/dates to aid with promotions/book launches etc.



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What inspired you to write this book?

Great stories, I think, are all about putting a character in an untenable situation, then seeing what happens when you turn up the heat. With Guardian, the situation was simple: Maggie’s being bullied by Serge. Then Serge dies. Problem solved, right?

Well…Maggie can see the dead and now Serge is haunting her. She has a choice: admit she can see his ghost and help him cross over, or be haunted by him forever…problem is, helping him means dealing with him—and it also means dealing with the murderer, who certainly doesn’t want to be caught…oh, and did I mention there’s a third spirit, one that seems to have a vested interest in Maggie and Serge, and if Maggie doesn’t help, she may very well end up on the other side of the veil?



You can view the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBldlLwbLp4

How did you come up with the title?

It’s a nod to some of the things that Maggie and Serge will discover about themselves, each other, and the people around them.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

Guardian is my sixth or seventh full-length novel. If we count published and unpublished books, then I think I’ve written at least a dozen novels.



Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Certainly, I had a message in my novel about forgiveness, social justice, and how to best turn your hair into a weapon…but the fun thing about any story is that it’s individual to the reader. I hope readers enjoy the literary ride, I hope they’re love the roller coaster of emotion, the suspense, and mystery, and I hope they walk away with the message that best suits them.

How much of the book is realistic?

A lot of the bullying scenes, the run-ins with teachers, and the relationship with Maggie and her dad have a basis in reality, and were inspired by things that happened to me or people I know.

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Serge’s journey was inspired by my grandfather, a man who made mistakes and sought redemption in his grandchildren (the full story can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVafwmzTQ9U). But the actual plot, action, and creepy goings-on of the story were the product of my very active imagination.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Ha! I suspect every writer would answer, “yes!” to that question. I can always think of ways to change my book—an altered word here, a different description there…but truly, I’m satisfied and very proud to have my name on Guardian.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thanks for reading!

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project?

Everything!! I love the excitement of the new idea, powering through the writing, getting the edits finished, and for sure, I love seeing my book in print!

What is your favourite theme/genre to write?

Really, anything that catches my imagination!


Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Gosh, that’s a great question…at this point, I haven’t come across an idea that I had to set down.

What book are you reading now?

I just finished Carrie Mac’s The Way Back and Caroline B. Cooney’s Night School. Both are great reads!

Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely! And I feel really lucky to be one of those fortunate people whose job and passion mesh.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Finally winning the good spot on the couch from the dogs & cats!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Everything! The idea that doesn’t work, all the long nights/days trying to form the idea into a book, edits…writing is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, but there’s nothing else I’d rather do.

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Every book I’ve ever written, I can’t stand drafts 1-8. Only at the 9th draft do I actually start enjoying the story, and start seeing that the idea on my head is actually coming true on the page.

What book do you wish you had written?

Ha! Too many to mention!

What is your best marketing tip?

When it comes to promotion and marketing, be true to yourself.

What genre is your next project? What is it about?

My next release is Burned, a fast-paced, action-suspense about a girl who sees a corrupt cop slaughter her family, then teams up with a set of outlaw teens in order to get her retribution.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Josie (Jo) Smith’s life went up in smoke. Literally. Everyone and everything she ever loved burned in a fire—one set by a crooked cop. To survive, Jo’s been living under the radar as a homeless kid.  For the last two years, she’s been trying to find a way to knock the cop off her hero’s pedestal and put her on the other side of the prison bars. But time’s running out. A gang member’s got his eye on Josie and if she doesn’t get off the streets soon, she’ll be the one brought down. Her salvation and the key to the cop’s undoing seems to lie in a girl urban climber and a privileged rich boy. Trust and teamwork isn’t come easily—in fact, it’s not coming at all—but if Jo can’t find a way to make the team work and find justice for her family, it won’t just burn her. It’ll scorch her.

For interviews, trailers, and juicy tidbits, head to: http://www.natashadeen.com/retribution-burned

How do we find your books, blog and bio?


I’m also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/natasha.deen.9),

Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1314477.Natasha_Deen)

& Twitter (@natasha_deen)
Thanks for the interview, Mandy!



I couldn’t resist having a go at this writerly ‘tag’ post. Thank you to: https://romance4thebeach.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/tag-seven-deadly-sins-of-reading/  for allowing me to snag it.

7 sins tag



Defined as: An intense and selfish desire for something.

 What is your most expensive book?

This depends on how you define ‘expensive’. I treasure the book I received for an art contest when I was in primary school – The Story of Hiawatha. Not only did I want to win the contest but in particular this first prize. The book is slightly worn but I will never let it go – it is my treasure and irreplaceable.




Defined as: Extreme anger.

 What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

A difficult question as I accept most writers as we approach, create and write in our own unique way. However, poorly written, constructed and badly edited books really upset me. Obviously there are the ‘Grey’ books, which are awful but also hastily published ebooks and some paperback books that you know were not given the proper time and effort to edit, revise and review. Poor craftsmanship reflects badly on the author and alienates your readership.


Defined as: Intense over-indulgence.

What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

One that stirs my imagination every time I read it. Ferney by James Long. It is exquisitely written and I re-read it often.



Defined as: a reluctance to work or make an effort.

What book have you neglected to read due to laziness?

A couple of freelancer guide books are awaiting completion on my shelves due to not having a block of time to study them in detail and take copious notes!


Defined as: satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

To be honest I can’t think of one in particular. It depends on the situation and the theme of the discussion. I will refer to a book that would inspire others, help define or make my point.


Defined as: a strong sexual desire.

What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?

I do not genre prefer characters in narratives. If a character is strong, capable (or even especially wicked) I enjoy their personality and mission.



Defined as: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.

What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

A signed copy of the first edition of Carrie by Stephen King. He is the ultimate storyteller and this edition would be placed underneath the personal letter I received from Stephen.

I’m tagging:






Why don’t you take the quiz?


Superb list to print and keep beside you when editing. Can you add any more tips.
Thanks for a great list!

Originally posted on Writing and Illustrating:

yanovelK. L. Going is an award winning author and a prior agenting background at Curtis Brown. Besides the many fictional books she’s written, she wrote a book a few years back that you may already have on your bookshelf. If you do, you might want to open it up, again.

I have it on my book shelf and looked through it again and thought I would share some of her thoughts with you on editing your work from pages 148 and 149. There is so much more to read and benefit from inside this book.

After you have let your first draft sit, here are a few things to note along the way when you pick it up again.

1. Do you still like the story?

2. Do you have any trouble suspending disbelief?

3. Are you turning pages to find out what happens or is the text too wordy?

4. Could the tension be taken up a…

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