Book Review: Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

So, I’ve been on this book for a while due to my busy schedule and the want to finish the audiobook version since I’d started it with that; however, I finally broke down because I just wanted to finish it so I could move onto the next book. I’m so glad I finally did, and I’m even more excited to share with you my review of the novel.

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Characters: Do you know yours?

Often, people will write their story while not fully knowing their characters. These people they create, as odd and strange as it sounds, will be a complete and utter stranger to them. You might ask, “How is that possible, aren’t I the one who created them? Shouldn’t I know them better than anyone?” and the answer is yes, you created them and yes, you should know them better than anyone else. The fact of the matter is, though, that until you sit down and craft your character and have them go through all the trials and errors that you set out within the novel, they’re just an idea. They’re a stranger. So, the proper question is:

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Let’s Get Historical: The Starting Point to Historical Fiction

Ah yes, historical writing; it’s one of my favorite genres, because this is where we can see our text going beyond what we have written. History is already a story our job, as the writer, is to give it that extra flare while maintaining the actuality of the events. Even in regular fiction novels we become the link to readers and real world topics, whether it be facts around a certain city or topics of discrimination. Our words hold power and knowledge.

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