Meet a Jerk, Get to Work, How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero

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An article by USA Today Bestselling author Jaqueline Girdner on how to find your fiction characters and settings in everyday life.
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About Jaqueline Girdner

Jaqueline Girdner

Jaqueline (Jaki) Girdner, tipping her hat in the author picture, was born and raised in California and has worked as a bestselling author, a lawyer, a greeting card designer, an attendant in a mental hospital and a yarn store owner, not necessarily in that order. She has authored sixteen mysteries, a romantic comedy novel, What's Sex Got to Do With It, and a mainstream novel, Speaking in Jitterbug, upcoming soon from Smashwords. She lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband, practices tai chi and still creates greeting cards.

Lynne Murray

Lynne Murray has written 12 books spanning several genres:
Paranormal romances set on the Dragon Planet: Runaway Dragonette, Bachelor Dragon Blues, Billionaire Dragon's Secretary.
Science fiction fantasies set on Planet Valkyrie: Gravitas: Valkyrie in the Forbidden Zone and Valkyrie on Planet Fury.
Urban fantasies featuring Sir John Falstaff, vampire: The Falstaff Vampire Files and The Falstaff Vampire Ghosts.
A romantic comedy novel, Bride of the Living Dead, and
four Josephine Fuller mysteries, Larger Than Death, Large Target, At Large, A Ton of Trouble.

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Review by: Sarah Spelbring on Sep. 7, 2018 :
I really liked the though processes behind the idea of this book. This is plot solver, or even story if you think about it hard enough.

The basic idea thrown out in this little ebook by author Jaqi Girdner, is that there are Murders and Murder Victims for your story plots in everyday life. I'll give an example. Say that someone cuts you off badly in heavy traffic. That someone's an butthead, and now your murder victim. That's it in a very basic way, but you can take it further. Bullys, generic jerks you know in your life, or even something that's happened to friends or family when someone exclaims "I could have killed him!".

The author obviously explains better how to take these situations and turn them into real life page turners, but it's still a really neat idea. I'm glad I read it.
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Review by: Allan R. Wallace on Oct. 21, 2011 :
Nicely done. I like the admission on lack of time spent building a plot arc and instead planning a murder. A good murder just makes you smile. In fiction of course.
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