A Visit With Author Jay Padar

My guest today is Jay Padar. Jay, a Chicago police officer, and his dad, James, retired CPD, have written an anthology of interesting and compelling stories about their time on the job. Please introduce yourself and tell the readers about your background, where you live, and when you began writing. My name is Jay Padar andContinue reading “A Visit With Author Jay Padar”

Meet Hard-Boiled Detective, Ben Solomon

Please introduce yourself, when you began writing, etc. I’d first like to thank John for this swell interview. A little further on I mention encountering plenty of gracious and generous folk online, and this is a prime example. As for me, I’m a lifetime Chicagoan. I’ve always had my hand in one art form orContinue reading “Meet Hard-Boiled Detective, Ben Solomon”

Author Interview with J. Allen Hill

Please introduce yourself, and tell us about your background. My name is J. Allen Hill. I am a first time novelist with a PhD in Living – a little conceit of mine, as much like my secretly adopted mentor, John Steinbeck, I have never completed a degree program. A Midwesterner by birth, an East Coaster byContinue reading “Author Interview with J. Allen Hill”

How To Be A Successful Blogger

  I recently returned from a writers’ conference where I learned a great many valuable tips from fellow writers. One of the ways by which writers can get their work “out there,” is to use social media and blogs. That said, my friend and fellow author, Marilyn Meredith*, shared her insights on blogging. Keep itContinue reading “How To Be A Successful Blogger”

Dialogue Tips

Dialogue Tips   Dialogue should do one of two things: move the plot along or reveal character “Said” and “asked,” are better than the multitude of other dialogue tags such as responded, agreed, etc. Better still, use the character’s action as a dialogue tag instead. “No way.” Dan pulled out his gun. Or use descriptionContinue reading “Dialogue Tips”