Writers read because we’re all students of writing. No one masters it. I read the kind of books that I like to write or maybe might write someday. When I find one particularly good – one I wished I had written – I study it as I would a textbook. Because it is my textbook.
I underline passages that moved me, made me catch my breath, made me read twice because I liked them so much. Then I dissect them to determine why I like those passages or scenes and how the author hooked me, made me feel, made me envious of her/his writing.
I look to see how much dialogue is in the book as opposed to introspection and descriptions. I pay attention to how the characters talk, gesture, move.
From these authors, I learn and grow as a writer. My early teachers were Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney, and Daphne du Maurier. Later, I learned from Sandra Brown, Lavyrle Spencer, and Janet Dailey. Now I’m learning from E.L. James, Roni Loren, Karina Halle, Abigail Barnette, Lorraine Heath, and Alexis Harrington.
If I didn’t keep growing, finding new authors to admire, and pushing the envelope as to what kind of writing I dare to try, then I’d stagnate as a creative person.
Writers read because they love the written word, especially when those words are written by a skilled hand.
~ Deborah Camp
Evil roams the streets of New Orleans…
Surrounded by the romance and mystery of the French Quarter, psychics Trudy Tucker and Levi Wolfe search for a taker of lives. Combining their unique skills, they zero in on a serial killer who has been murdering for more than a decade. Their suspect is in a wheelchair, partially paralyzed in an accident a few years ago, but the latest victim was murdered after his paralysis. Are they on the wrong track or has the murderer found a protégé to continue his reign of horrors?
Publication Date: July 24th, 2017
Series: Mind’s Eye, 04
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Page Count: 415
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Author of more than 35 novels, Deborah lives in Oklahoma. She has been a full-time writer since she graduated from the University of Tulsa. She worked for a few years as a reporter for newspapers before becoming a freelance writer. Deborah’s first novel was published in the late 1970s and her books have been published by Jove, New American Library, Harlequin, Silhouette, and Avon. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Authors Hall of Fame and she is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She is widely published in non-fiction and writes and edits for a magazine focused on small businesses. Deborah taught fiction writing for more than 10 years at a community college. She is currently working on a series of novels featuring two psychics who work with police nationwide to identify and track serial murderers.
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