Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary

by Sally Carpenter The inspiration for this post came in an unusual way. In my day job, I work at a community newspaper. Recently an editor asked if I’d cover the opening of the “Vatican Splendors” exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, a mere 20-minute drive from my house.... Continue Reading →

Musical chapter headers

By Sally Carpenter One distinct feature of my cozies is that I use song titles as my chapter headers. My protagonist is a former teen idol, so the story is heavy into music. And just saying “chapter one, “chapter two,” etc. is so bland. The title makes some reference to what’s in the chapter so... Continue Reading →

The best laid plans . . . and a sneak peak

By Sally Carpenter My first three books of the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series were easy to plot because they offered a pre-set structure. Book four, my WIP, doesn't have that so I jumped in and started writing before outlining the story. Immediately I ran into trouble. My first book, "The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper," took... Continue Reading →

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