Dialect ~ Lend Me Thine Ear

Harmful Intent, Amazon SmWhen writing my contemporary novel, HARMFUL INTENT, where my Brooklyn born and bred female PI is place in Texas, I had to get the rhythm and tone of the Texas accent right. So I listened to hours Kenneth Copeland tapes. I compared Copeland’s voice to that of his wife Gloria and also a bit to their son John.

Kenneth Copeland likes to throw in little tidbits about Texas life and has quite a few stories to tell. In a few instances, I stole from him. I don’t feel too bad because I understand his long time friend Jerry Savalle has also stolen from his sermons over the years.

Now that I’m writing my next detective novel, set in the north east, I find myself listening to hours of Mel Brooks and Billy Crystal tapes on You Tube to get the cadence and tone of my Jewish political activist character down pat.

A quick look at the story line of HARMFUL INTENT…

Betrayal runs in private investigator Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels’ family. So, why is she surprised when her husband of one year cheats on her? The real shock is his murder, with the local lawman pegging her as the prime suspect.

Ronnie Ingels is a Brooklyn bred private investigator who travels to west Texas, where her cheating husband is murdered. As she hunts the killer to clear her name, she becomes the hunted.

Deputy Sergeant Dawson Hughes, a former Army Ranger, is a man folks want on their side. Only he’s not so sure at first, he’s on the meddling New York PI’s side. As the evidence points away from her, he realizes the more she butts in, the more danger she attracts to herself.

Sweet, askance romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully.

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What Keeps Me Up At Night, You Wouldn’t Believe

Night sky, wolfPoint of view keeps me up at night. Questions of which character’s head I’m in plague me. Actually, this is starting to sound like I’m out of my mind, but as any novelist will tell you, that’s a thin line sometimes. LOL

I’m doing NaNoWriteMo. What’s that, you might ask? It’s a writing challenge, whereby you basically set your critical, censoring mind aside and write like mad for the entire month of November to get a first draft of a novel completed (at 50,000 words). Sheer lunacy, if you ask me!!!

I’ve done this, type, type, type away – only to find somewhere in the chapter I’ve switched point-of-view, jumped into another character’s head. I use two points of view: the heroine’s and the hero’s and I like to do an entire chapter in one, or the other. The made cap speed at which I’m writing sometimes has me saying: Which head am I in?

I’ve also been worried if my heroine is strong enough. Is she compelling? She’s a detective in an NYPD special unit, which means she’s got to have been a really good cop to get in there. However, I’m also targeting a Christian publishing company that publishes romance. So, in addition to being a really great cop, a detective with flawless instincts, she has to be involved in a romance as seat-of-the-pants as the suspense part of the novel is. So, you can see what’s keeping me up nights. LOL

As I toss this around in my head, and toss around in my bed, trying not to wake my darling husband, I know to make my goal in NaNoWriteMo, I just have to keep typing my fingers to the bone. Glancing down I see they’re starting to look like stumps. Well, I’ve aired my pet peeve, and must away. I must fly back to my manuscript and keep typing.

NaNoWriteMo has these neet little counter bars, that I was afraid I didn’t know how to use, but I finally figured it out. According to the little bar, as I put my word count in, it tells me I’m 52% of the way to my goal. As I glance toward my calendar, I see, counting today, that counting today, there’s only seven more days of typing left. Seeya!!!