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Jan Selbourne and her New Novel

Jan Selbourne grew up in Melbourne, Australia. Her love of literature and history began as soon as she could read and hold a pen. Her career started in the dusty world of ledgers and accounting then a working holiday in the UK brought the history to life. Now retired, Jan can indulge her love of writing and travel. She has two adult children and lives near Maitland, New South Wales. 2020 Character Interview Beverley: What’s your name? Adrian: Adrian Bryce Beverley: Where did you grow up? Adrian: Kent, England Beverley: D uring what time period does your story take place? Adrian: 1914, at the beginning of a war which enveloped the whole world. Beverley: What’s your story/back story? Why would someone come up with a story about you? Adrian: I was wealthy, and I admit, an arrogant man with business interests throughout Europe. I had everything -influential friends, homes, servants, a boring wife and children at my country home. A beautiful mistress in London.  Unknown to anyone, I worked for the newly formed British Secret Service Bureau.  I had no idea that life as I knew it would blow up in my face. Beverley: What’s your goal in this story? Adrian: My goal was to not only survive a betrayal and a war but learn some painful truths about myself. Beverley: What conflicts are you facing? Adrian: I was ordered to accompany my estranged wife on her annual visit to her stifling, boring relatives in Belgium. The Secret Service Bureau ...
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Marketing – Is It or Isn’t It?

A few years ago I attended a workshop at RWA with author, Bob Mayer. One of the things he said was if you’re self-publishing don’t even think about marketing until you have at least three books published, four or five, even better. I thought this made sense and marketing scared ...
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Crime Scene Forensics for Writers and Readers.

I’m continuing on with the workshop on Forensics for Writers. There was so much information ion that workshop and hopefully it might be of interest. For security the crime scene should be roped off; the larger the area the better. Establish an area for the media away from the scene ...
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Beginnings, Endings and Sagging Middles

It’s that time for another group blog. This month’s topic is ‘How do you ensure a story has a good beginning, a satisfying ending, and good continuity in between?” It’s a great topic, but my first thought was, if I knew that I’d be a NY Times best seller. But ...
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Meet Michael D. Smith and CommWealth

Michael D. Smith was raised in the Northeast and the Chicago area, before moving to Texas to attend Rice University, where he began developing as a writer and visual artist.  In addition to exhibiting and selling paintings and drawings, he’s completed fifteen novels. Smith’s writing in both mainstream and science ...
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