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Welcome to my blog! This is my journey, my first steps into the world of fictional writing. This blog is an online journal of sorts, where I share the progress of my work as well as what I have learned along the way. I hope you enjoy your time with me and that my experience may be of some use to you.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Interview - Richard G. Lowe Jr.

Welcome back,

            For this month's interview, we have the pleasure of meeting published author, Richard G. Lowe Junior. Richard and I met on one of the many Facebook writing pages after I posted that I was looking for published writers to interview.

            So on to the interview!

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Short Bio:
Richard Lowe is a professional ghostwriter, Senior LinkedIn Branding Expert, and blogger. His passion is to help businesses and individuals strengthen their brand, establish their credibility and prove their expertise. Richard has written and published 63 books on a variety of subjects (including 2 bestsellers), ghostwritten 16 books, and authored over a thousand articles for blogs and social media. Previous to his writing career, he was the Director of Computer Operations for Trader Joe’s Company for 20 years, and before that the Vice President of Consulting for two computer firms. Some of his works include Focus on LinkedIn (an Amazon bestseller), Cyberheist (for KnowBe4), and Digitize or Die (as Copy Editor and Coach).

Published Works:
Focus on LinkedIn
How to sell on eBay
Real World Survival
How to Operate a Freelance Writing Business
Make a Living as a Professional Self-Published Author
Safe Computing is Like Safe Sex
How to be a Good Manager and Supervisor
How to Throw Parties like a Professional
How to Publish on KIndle
Help! My Debt is Making Me Miserable
How to Manage a Consulting Project
Make Money Using the Internet
Make Money by Decluttering Your Home
Belly Dancers Coloring Books (four volumes)
Human Rights Coloring Books
Dragons Coloring Book
Steampunk Dragons Coloring Book
How to be Friends with Women
Network Your Business to Prosperity
Turn off the TV, Get off Your Ass and do Something
Unlikely Hero
How to Create your Own Zombie Apocalypse

Current Projects: (if any)
Peacekeeper Vol 1: The Beginning of the End
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (working title)

When did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was 6 years old with a short story about dragons. I wrote on and off throughout my life, and wanted to be a writer "when I grew up". Life got in the way, so I kept postponing it. I wrote a huge number of technical books for work. in 2013, I decided to retire from my job and become a professional writer. Since that time, I've written over 60 books for me (some under pen names), and ghostwritten 16 books.

Did you receive any special training or attend a school?


Where do you get your inspiration from?

I walk around, looking at things, and inspiration comes to me. I'll look at a garden, and think about a fantasy novel, or a rock and wonder about the history of that rock. From there, stories result.

Do you use any special resources when writing? (other books, computer programs, etc)

I always keep a couple of good dictionaries, a grammar book and a style guide (Chicago Manual of Style) handy. Plus, for fiction, the whole set of books in the Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman.

What is (in your opinion) the most important thing to remember when writing, and why is it so important?

That you must sit down, get rid of the distractions and write. It doesn't matter how bad you feel, how many problems need to be resolved, or whatever. Just write. The solution for writers is to write.

What is (in your opinion) the most challenging part of writing, and how do you overcome it?

Filtering out the bad advice from others. Nothing works for everyone. What works for one writer doesn't work for another. A writer has to come up with their own voice and style. I had to learn that lesson and it's a tough one.

Did you use an agent? (why or why not?)

No. I'm entirely self-published at this time. Peacekeeper, one of my current projects, may be the first that I find an agent for.

Did you use an Editor? If not, what process did you use to edit your work?

First, I write the whole book using dictation directly into Word. Then I review it from top to bottom, changing it up and making sure it all makes sense. I read it out loud all the way through, then review it back to front.

How did you get your book published? (self-published, Vanity publishing, Mainstream publisher).

Self-publishing as an Indie publisher. I also publish books as a ghostwriter for others.

Do you handle your own marketing?

Yes. I've found I do a better job than anyone else marketing my books.

What is your best marketing tip?

Social media does not work for promotion, but it works for marketing. You have to build yourself as a brand. Engage with your readers and get them excited about your works.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My main advice is that to be a writer you must write. I set my goal at 5,000 words per day, minimum, ready to publish. If you are not writing every day, you're not really a writer. Also, if you are not published, you are not a writer. I know several writers who delay publishing to "get the perfect title" or "to give their book one more polish". Wrong. Publish the darn thing. In the modern self-publishing world, you can change almost anything. So publish away, knowing that your first couple of books may not be as good as you'd like. But you'll get better and you can always fix the earlier books

Hopefully everyone found this interview as informative as I did. I would like to thank Richard for taking the time to take this interview. Your knowledge, experience and participation was very much appreciated.

Until Next time.


Patrick Osborne

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Current Progress part 38

Welcome back,

It has been a long time since I hadn’t written an article this late. For the past two years, I have had my blog articles prepared at least a month in advance. However, as I am writing this, it is now March fifth, and I have virtually nothing ready in terms of content.

That being said, I still managed making some progress over the last month.

           Because of my decision to focus more on my writing rather than my blogging, I managed to get some progres done on my story. I made some new additions to my story tree, and chipped away at my second chapter. Describing the setting proved to be a bit of a challenge for the second chapter, as I had never really put that much thought into it. It is still a work in progress, and I feel it is coming along nicely.

Unfortunately, my progress was cut short due to an increased workload and having to fill in for my manager at work. But I’m confident this new focus will allow me to see actual progress on my story.

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Though I am no longer working actively on this project, I am still supporting it, as I did contribute a lot of time and material. Later in February, the writers from the project approached me for details on some of the material I had contributed. I feel this is encouraging, as it means the material is that much closer to being included in the games lore. Missing Worlds Media has released two new update in the past month. You can read the full article on their kickstarter page:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. I am also open to suggestions for future articles, if there is anything you would like further explanations on. I can be reached via the following social media:

Twitter: @OzmosisCoH

Sorry for the short update, as that is all I have for this month. Thank you all for dropping by, your continued support is always appreciated. I hope to see you all at next month's progress update.

Until next time.


Patrick Osborne

Monday, February 26, 2018

By the Book - Protection Detail

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            This month’s book review is another foray into the romance genre. I was never a big fan of love stories, so I decided to make the experience less jarring by finding a novel that had something I could relate to. Being a dog owner, I was attracted to the following novel; Protection Detail by Shirley McCoy.

This book actually came into my possession after returning a bunch of old novels to the local used bookstore. Nothing interesting was standing out for me, so I decided to pick something thematic for my next February book review.

           The story follows an investigation into the murder of a senator's son conducted by Gavin McCord, a K-9 unit Captain. Cassie Danver, a woman who works in a foster home, is in charge of a dozen children. One of the foster kids end up being key witnesses in the murder, forcing Gavin and Cassie to join forces to protect the children while the killer is apprehended.  True to any romance novel, the two protagonists develop feelings for each other despite being in constant danger.

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Back of the Book:

After a prominent senator's son is murdered, Capitol K-9 Unit captain Gavin McCord wants answers. The senator was a mentor to Gavin and he'll stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice. With his team of elite K-9 cops and his loyal dog, Glory, at his side, Gavin discovers that a child of Cassie Danvers's nearby foster home may have witnessed the murder. He's drawn to the determined and beautiful woman but she doesn't want him interviewing her traumatized charges. Yet trusting Gavin is the only way to stay one step ahead of the deadly gunman when Cassie become a target.

From the book: Protection Detail
By: Shirlee McCoy
Imprint and Series: Steeple Hill
Publication Date: 03/2015
ISBN-13: 9780373446544
Copyright © 2015
By: Shirlee McCoy
® and TM trademarks of the publisher.
The edition published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A.
For more romance information surf to: http://www.eHarlequin.com

What I learned from this book
  • The Build up/Payout ratio: This book made me realise that if you build up to an event, you need to deliver on the pay out. Throughout the entire story, multiple attempts are made to progress the investigation, but sadly the book ends and the culprit is left unfound. After commiting to a story for 200 plus pages, I can tell you this left me feeling cheated.
  • Chekhov's gun: “Chekhov’s gun” is a dramatic principle that states every element mentioned in a story must be necessary and serve a purpose, and that extraneous details must be removed. Giving an object attention should be considered a signal to the readers that it has some importance to the story. This story made mention of several key elements however, that played no real role in the story. The victims wife, for example, is mentioned several times for being a potential witness, but is never found throughout the story. So we don't know if she was the killer, a witness, or dead. I found this lack of information annoying.
  • Romance: How the author built the relationship between Gavin and Cassie was rather interesting. Both had troubled backgrounds, but we saw how their emotional barriers came down little by little, using a combination of simple, causal actions (such as longing stares, honest conversation, etc) and a dramatic situation (in this case, being pursued by killers).

Shirlee McCoy is a New York Times best-selling author, whose first book was published in 2004. She's written more than 45 novels, which have appeared on the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, and USA Today bestsellers lists.

When she's not writing, she's homeschooling her two youngest children and spending time with loved ones. Her books are a reflection of her passion for relationships and community  that explore the dynamics between siblings, parents, children, and friends.  

For those interested in reading more books from Shirlee McCoy, please check out these websites:

In closing, I would like to thank you all for dropping by and following my blog. Your patronage and encouragement is truly appreciated.

Until next time!


Patrick Osborne

Friday, February 16, 2018

Interview - Hope White

Welcome back!


Today we have something special; an interview with published writer, the lovely Hope White. This is the first time I have had the opportunity to interview an author who I’ve had the joy of reading.


I approached Ms. White back in December, shortly after having read her book, Covert Christmas. While working on the book review article, I discovered her website, and found her email address. I decided to take a chance and contact her. To my surprise, she contacted me back a few short days later! I’m super excited to have her with us today!


On to the interview!




Short Bio: With a degree in journalism, Hope White started her career as a reporter for a small town newspaper.  Years later she decided she wanted to do more than report the facts – she wanted to take readers on a suspenseful and thrilling adventure.  Hope has published 11 romantic suspense novels with Steeple Hill including her popular Echo Mountain Search and Rescue series. When not at her computer, Hope can be found hiking a mountain trail to stimulate ideas for her next book.

Published Works:


Search and Rescue series

Mountain Rescue, Payback, Covert Christmas, Witness Pursuit, Christmas Undercover, Mountain Ambush


Stand alone books: Safe Harbor, Hidden in Shadows


Port Whisper Series

Witness on the Run, Christmas Haven, Small Town Protector


Coming Soon:

Lost and Found Baby, Jan. 2018 EHarlequin Short story

Baby on the Run, February 2018 (The Baby Protectors)


Current Projects: (if any)

Bodyguard Series for Love Inspired Suspense


Website/social media:



When did you begin writing?   


I’ve always been a storyteller, even as a kid.  I wrote my first book when I was 11 and had a friend illustrate it.  It was a mystery-thriller even back then!


Did you receive any special training or attend a school?  


I have a B.A. in journalism.  After years of newspaper and PR work, I decided it was more fun to make stuff up.  I had to relearn how to tell story in the fictional sense, which was totally different from collecting facts and sharing a non-fiction message with readers.


Where do you get your inspiration from?  


Everywhere!  Other books, movies, newspaper stories, conversations I overhear in the Starbucks line.  Writers are ALWAYS listening.  Sometimes ideas come to me when I’m listening to music or cleaning the house.  Which doesn’t make me want to do more housework unfortunately.  Another great way to develop ideas is to meet with other authors and brainstorm.  One story can be told a dozen different ways.  It’s a fascinating process.


Do you use any special resources when writing? (other books, computer programs, etc)


Blake Snyder’s “Save The Cat” book, plus his Beat Sheet for structure. Character development articles by Michael Hauge.  I hope to outline more, and have heard GREAT things about Scrivener.


What is (in your opinion) the most important thing to remember when writing, and why is it so important?

Get out of the way!  It’s important to let your characters develop the way they need to develop and not muddy up the waters by shoving them around.  If you’ve created strong characters, they will drive your plot, which makes for GREAT story.


What is (in your opinion) the most challenging part of writing, and how do you overcome it?


Staying focused. I mean once I’m “in story” it’s easy, but getting there can be challenging.  So many diversions – Facebook, Twitter, etc.   The best way to counter this distraction is to set goals and commit to writing for one hour.  That’s it.  Most of the time you’ll find yourself writing longer, but it’s less intimidating to go into the process with a one-hour commitment ahead of you.


Did you use an agent? (why or why not?)  


Not at present.  I have had a few in the past.  I don’t need an agent to negotiate with my current publisher who has a very standard contract.


Did you use an Editor? If not, what process did you use to edit your work?


I work with an editor at Harlequin AND hire an editor for my self-published projects.


How did you get your book published? (self-published, Vanity publishing, Mainstream publisher).


Most of my books are published through Love Inspired Suspense, aka Harlequin.  My fiction career started when I won a writing contest and the editor judge asked to see the book.  Contests are a great way to get noticed! I self-publish contemporary romance novels as well.


Do you handle your own marketing?  


Yes, and am working to get better at it! I belong to a few self-published author groups to get lots of tips on how to expand one’s audience.  May authors feel that promotion is key when you’re self-published.  I agree.


What is your best marketing tip?


Join an online indie group.  Even if you’re published traditionally, you’ll learn a ton from other writers.  Also, I’ve used Fiverr to promote. Inexpensive and boosted my numbers!


Do you have any advice for other writers?


Sure.  1) Write because you love it!  2) Write the book you want to read.  3) Create a tribe – other writers who can give you feedback and offer support.


In closing, I would like to thank Hope for doing this interview. As someone who is still in the process of finding himself as a writer, I found her energetic personality to be quite motivating. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.


Until Next time,




Patrick Osborne