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December 04, 2008



You've got me thinking here now.... What if they had trimmed all the snappy banter out of Moonlighting? Would Maddy and Dave have had the same chemistry? The chemistry here between the Amlingmeyer brothers is great stuff! I'm sure enjoying it.


Good to know you're getting a kick out of the table scraps, Marge, because there's plenty more where that came from! I remember telling my agent once I have to write a 100,000-word so-so book before I can produce a 90,000-word good book. Meaning I always end up cutting by about 10%, and the book's better by about 50% for doing so. I hate to lose character bits and funnies, but with the mystery genre there's always that darned plot to keep pushing forward. Hopefully, the final draft hits the right balance.

FYI, I'm almost done cutting the new book, THE CRACK IN THE LENS, down to fighting weight: A final draft should be in the can by the end of the year. So look for some sneak preview-type trimmings to pop up here in the weeks ahead....


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