You know that feeling all too well. The research books piled high; interviews and historical accounts catalogued. For my latest novel Girl in the Ashes, I wanted to get it right—the sights, the smells, the desperation of Occupied Paris during WWII.

There's an art to eavesdropping. It's not about being nosy or intrusive, but about observing the nuances of human interaction—the pauses, the inflections, the unspoken cues that reveal as much as the words themselves. As a writer, this skill is invaluable. It allows you to capture the cadence of real conversation, the rhythms and patterns that...

Classic novels have long served as playgrounds demonstrating human motivation, piecing together intricate stories of love, loss, triumph, and tragedy, anchored by the motivations of their characters. It's their reasons— and the decisions they make based on those reasons—that transform the words on a page into living people whose choices profoundly...

It's obvious storytelling is all around us, especially if you want to tell stories. We even hear about storytelling in marketing, storytelling in finance, storytelling in advertisement. Every angle needs a story.

Writing is a captivating art form that enables authors to transport readers to different worlds, evoke emotions, and challenge perspectives. Among the myriad of techniques and tools at a writer's disposal, three fundamental elements stand out for their significance in crafting compelling narratives: Depth, Detail, and Deception.

If you have never worked in a restaurant, you may have heard it's like a ballet, or at least a noisy play. In the kitchen, the pans sizzle. In the dining room, the servers dance. I spent a decade of my life immersed in the vibrant ambiance of restaurants, an experience that left an indelible mark on my storytelling.