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Author of the JP Weiscarver Mystery Series
It seems fitting the first entry on this page should be about simply getting started.
Writers write for different reasons. One may cite deep urges to tell a story that is burning a hole in his or her gut. One is trying to right a wrong or make a better world. For another it might be nothing more than a means to a paycheck.
For me, it’s simply fun. I enjoy making up people, places and events and doing so without getting absurd. As a journalist, I always said everyone had a story. That’s the small part of me written into JP Weiscarver’s character.
Therefore, since it was only for fun, it took me a while to get started. I tried a fantasy story where I could create an entire world, but my interest waned and I dropped the idea. Then, after reading several of “The Cat Who…” mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun, the concept of my “The Reporter and…” series formed.
I started “The Reporter and the Ferret” with nothing but a scant mental sketch of the story line. Characters and setting formed as I wrote. It was as if I was getting to know each as information flowed into the story.
Now, this is not the most efficient way to write and I had to do plenty of backing up and rewriting, but it was probably the only way that I could have gotten started. I had a dream to write a novel and that was how I could bring it to life … just start.