Monday, December 3, 2012


We have Madeleine  Mclaughlin  with us today. 
Hello, Madeleine, it's so nice of you to join us. Tell us what your article is about.

I think I may have an idea of how a writer becomes a great commercial success. It's only my opinion, of course, but I would like to share it with you.
Lorrie: Wow, we'd all love to be a success. Please share with us.
The main thing that draws readers in is the interest the writer displays towards the story. If the writer is bored writing it, the reader will be bored reading it. One other thing is if you have something no one else has and to do that, I believe you have to know your strong points and nurture them. First you need to identify it. Some writers do it naturally.
 Ann Rice, for example, is a great emotional writer. She comes by this naturally but her strong point is that she recognized this about herself and bent all her efforts on honing this ability to make the reader feel. Meaning that vampires aren't real, so why would we care about them, but because of Ann Rice's emotional writing, we can feel the tragedy of Vittorio the Vampire or really, anything else she wants us to feel.
 Now Stephen King has a limitless imagination. This is his strong point and his stories revolve around the idea of a Pet Cemetery or a dog with rabies. No one else thought of those things than him and he knew enough about himself to nurture his imagination.
 I think any writer has some part of themselves that no one else has, as does everyone on earth. The trick is to recognize it. Where did their interest in writing first come from? Did they first get the 'bug' from lush writing? Or maybe from dialog? What interests them most about writing and what part of writing makes them keep loving it?
 Then after you've identified what part interests you most, you hone all your writing towards that part. If you like dialog the most, then find ways to make dialog the predominant part of your writing. I don't mean to forget the craft of writing and only write dialog, but I mean write your books and stories so that the reader remembers your dialog. So that you communicate your interest to the reader.
Now that's just an example but I truly think that if you work hard on putting across your passion – description, character (nurturing memorable characters would be a great strength) or emotionalism – is the key to reaching the audience.
When what you care about is transmitted well, the readers will care about you, the writer, as well.
Great article and certainly food for thought. Thank you for sharing with us. Now, you have a book out. Why don't you tell us a little about it?.
Interesting cover. It really stands out with all the red. Give us an excerpt.
I tap my head and wonder how could jail have been so much fun when I was a child? Back
then, I remember noticing only good things behind the solid stone walls where my dad worked.
Those idyllic times in our small North BC community shine with magic in my mind. Not like the
vast, evil prisons I visit in the metropolises I now live in. Following Dad's path into prison
guarding, I still learn from experience how criminals take advantage of each other's inadequacies
and how much violence resounds through the walls.
Yet I'll never forget those years I spent with my dad in his jail, having a ball. If I close my
eyes, I can still feel the cool stone walls against my hands...
The jail was a great refuge in June, but even in the winter, I found it pleasant to play in.
There was so much fun imagining the structure when it was full, back in the gold rush. I could
almost hear the walls and floors resounding to the voices of the thousands of lawless men that
lived back then. In the large, empty vastness of our jail, I loved pretending I needed to find
escape routes.
One day after tramping through the halls for an hour, I found a locked door.
Why is it shut tight? What is behind that door? I pounded and twiddled the lock until my
hands turned red, but it was large and solid. I even once tried a bit of lock picking, but ran away
when I considered how criminal my actions were.
I just couldn't bring myself to break the law and lose Dad's respect. It wasn't even possible
for me to miss a day hanging about, as I just wished to be with him.


One boy. One locked door. And one father who knows all the secrets. What is the mystery of The Mountain City Bronzes?
Wow, this sounds like quite a mysters for the mystery lovers out there. Where else can we find you and where can we pick up your thrilling book?

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Madeleine McLaughlin
Madeleine, it's a pleasure to have you here for a few days. I hope you'll stop back again.



  1. I have imagination, but I can't really put it across in my writing. I guess I lack the emotional aspect.

    It seems as if you lack either the imagination or the emotion, you have to figure out what you can do to give some oomph to the missing part.

    I hope, Madeleine, you've got both. I'll check it out and see. Study, study, study.

    Best of luck on your career in writing. Happy to have you in the MuseItUp corral.

  2. Loving the red cover. Also thank you for sharing the article.

  3. Great cover and good luck with your book, Madeleine