Author Archives: Shelly

Writing a Sequel

Katie Lennox, the teen star of my first book has been very busy. The problem is, I’m the only one who knows this. She’s back to the future. Well, back to the present time that is. Before I even finished … Continue reading

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Playing Fair with the Reader

I’ve been an avid reader of murder mysteries since I was ten. That’s when I first read He Wouldn’t Kill Patience by my grandfather John Dickson Carr.  I was hooked. I’ve read so many mystery novels that it’s a rare … Continue reading

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How Does a Busy Person Write?

Many writers say they need a place apart: an office, a room, a café . . . somewhere away from the bustle of daily life. I’m no exception. I briefly mentioned the Writers’ Room of Boston and the Boston Athenæum … Continue reading

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O! The Editing Process!

Amid all the excitement surrounding the Independent Book Publishers Association award, I haven’t yet fulfilled my promise of discussing what it’s like to edit a book and then have it edited. If there’s one thing I’ve learned along the way … Continue reading

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Who’s Katie in Real Life?

“How did you create the main character of Ripped?” “Is Katie based on someone you know?” “Are you Katie?” These are just a few of the questions readers have asked me about the real-life identity of the fictional heroine of … Continue reading

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Three Benjamin Franklins!

  Well, I’m posting again so soon because I got more good news. In addition to being a Silver Finalist in the mystery/suspense category, I am in the running for Best New Voice (Children/YA) as well as Best First Book. … Continue reading

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Finalist for IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award

I just got some wonderful news. RIPPED is a finalist for a national book award, in the mystery/suspense category. This is the 25th anniversary of the Benjamin Franklin Awards, which was created by the Independent Book Publishers Association. The awards … Continue reading

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What’s Next

After I had written a healthy chunk of my first draft of Ripped, it was time to steel myself for getting other people’s opinions. My three daughters are my first readers; they made lots of helpful suggestions, especially when they … Continue reading

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Getting Down to It

Now that we’ve gotten the research out of the way, I promised a word—or maybe a few hundred—on my writing process. I began working on Ripped at the Writer’s Room of Boston and at the Athenaeum Library, both havens for … Continue reading

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The Devil Is in the Details

Before I share details of my writing—and rewriting!–process, I want to tell you a bit about the research I did for Ripped: A Jack the Ripper Time-Travel Thriller. After the trip during which I decided to write this young-adult novel, … Continue reading

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