About Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio is the author of Frankly Speaking - A Frank Rozzani Detective novel and the follow-up, Let Me Be Frank. He has also written several short stories.

Tell Me a Story Craig Boyack

Be sure to check out Craig Boyack’s guest spot on Tell Me a Story. Details are in this post from Annette Rochelle Aben’s blog.

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Speculative Fiction Author, C.S. Boyack is featured on Tell Me a Story

In this podcast, you’ll get to know more about magical hats, a yak guy and a robot gal named Lisa Burton!

 Entertaining Stories are his specialty!

Of course, this is what Craig HAS put forth, but what does he have on the horizon? Listen and find out.

You can also visit his BLOG and keep abreast of all things speculative!

All the podcasts of Tell Me a Story are listed in alphabetical order, which includes that of Craig Boyack

Tell Me a Story is a presentation of The Magic Happens Radio Network hosted in The Magic Happens Magazine

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Tips to Creating Characters with Mental Illness

Check out this fascinating post from the Legends of Windemere blog with Tips to Creating Characters with Mental Illness

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As I said on Monday, this can be a very sensitive topic.  So, I’m going to try to rein in the urge to crack jokes as much as I can.  Still, this is a 7 List, which tends to have a few guffaws.  Let’s get right into it.

  1. Research.  This is hands down, without question, rule 1, the most important thing when it comes to writing a character with a mental illness.  Maybe you have personal experience or helped a loved one through an issue, which can help.  Yet, many people don’t have the specific hands-on knowledge of whatever they are going to use.  This means you read up on the mental health topic and, if possible, talk to experts or sufferers to learn more.
  2. Not every villain needs to suffer from a mental illness.  We seem to think that this gives them more sympathy because ‘they…

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7 Ways to Write Book Promotion into Your Novel

Check out this post from the How to eBook blog with 7 Ways to Write Book Promotion into Your Novel

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It’s an exciting time to be an author, especially as we’ve just entered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). But whether you’re attempting to write a novel in a month, or you’re just plodding along, trying to finish the book you started writing earlier this year, it’s never a bad idea to consider adding in some book promotion elements that you can tie into your book marketing once the book launches.

Speaking of book launches, if you’re getting ready to publish, I’d love to help you discover your book launch options  and chat about your book marketing goals!

You’ve probably all seen things like product placements, where a box of Kleenex is strategically placed and someone reaches for it, saying something like: “Would you like a Kleenex?” That’s some great product placement. It subtly mentions the brand, in context of the movie…

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Book Review: Hard Road by J.B. Turner

Check out this review of the book, Hard Road, by J.B. Turner, as featured in this post from the Mystery Thriller Week blog.

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Jon Reznick is a “ghost”: a black-ops specialist who takes his orders from shadowy handlers, and his salary from the US government. Still mourning the loss of his beloved wife on 9/11, he’s dispatched to carry out a high-level hit. Reznick knows only that it must look like suicide. It’s textbook.

But the target is not the man Reznick expected. The whole setup is wrong. In an instant the operation is compromised, and Reznick is on the run with the man he was sent to kill. A man wanted by the FBI, and by a mysterious terrorist organization hell-bent on bringing the United States to its knees. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein is determined to track him down, and to intercept whatever it is Reznick was sent to do.

When Reznick’s young daughter becomes a pawn in the game, he has to use more than his military training to stay…

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Well, She Wrote Me a Letter*

Check out this post from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog on the topic of letter writing in crime fiction

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Writing letters isn’t as common as it used to be. And that makes sense, when you think of how easy it is to email or, if it’s more urgent, text or call someone. And, yet, letters used to be the backbone of communication.

They’ve also served an interesting purpose in crime fiction: to sound an alarm, so to speak, and ask for help. There are plenty of examples of stories where someone writes a letter that gets the sleuth involved in a case. These are just a few instances; I know you’ll think of more.

In Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, Violet Hunter writes a letter to Sherlock Holmes, asking his advice on whether she should take a new position as governess for a six-year-old boy. Jephro Rucastle, who has made the offer, has also made a few odd requests, and he unsettles Violet in…

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Story Logic: The Crucial Importance of Because, But, Therefore -From the Writers in the Storm Blog

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Brace yourself! (Spoiler alert: there is good news coming.) But first . . .

Here’s a hard fact: 97% of writers never finish a first draft.

Here’s an even harder fact: 96% of those finished manuscripts are rejected by agents and publishers.

And the indie route? Statistics show that the vast majority of self-published books sell under 100 copies. Mostly to family and friends. Who, ahem, say they’ve read it. Look, a squirrel!

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Your Stories Will Outlive You. Give Them All You’ve Got.

Check out this poignant post from the Novelty Revisions blog with the reminder that Your Stories Will Outlive You. Give Them All You’ve Got

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I don’t know about you. But I think a lot about the fact that I will not be here forever.

Not that I plan on going anywhere anytime soon. I have stuff to do.

But (uh, probably thanks to John Green) I spend a little time each day thinking about human mortality. And I spend a lot more time than that wondering if the things I am doing with my moments really matter. Especially when it comes to my writing.

I think it’s safe to say at this point that I’ve spent the majority of my life wanting to be a writer. The exact logistics of what that has meant for me personally have changed many times. But I have always been drawn to storytelling. It has always ignited a very powerful fire inside me.

But I am not immune to the usual tribulations of the creative arts. I doubt…

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