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international penetration among readers and reviewers. While promoting Wiggle Room both in print and eBook, I worked with a commercial publicist, who interested many professional review sites in the novel and placed me in several writing blogs—one blog included a feature of my two small dogs, Foxy and Valerie, and how they are involved with my being an author. I can’t wait until your new novel is out. Can you tell our readers a little about it? The draft of my fifth novel is just over halfway finished. It’s a follow-up story to Wiggle Room and is predominately set in contemporary Mississippi. The protagonist is female surgeon Diana Bratton, who suddenly is surrounded by the five manners of death and wonders if her death will satisfy murder. A lot of emphasis is being put on writing the backstory. Writers want to know when to use it. What about you? How do you develop your backstory? I suspect that most writers struggle with waiting until the middle or so of the novel to reveal the backstory. What’s fun about backstory is finally explaining to the reader why some characters are so messed up, so quirky. I usually don’t have the backstory completely worked out when the novel starts, so sometimes discovering what makes my characters do what they do is a surprise to me, too. n Writing Your Passion ...It’s Your Muse by Melinda Elmore W riters are unique. They plunge into writing from the heart. Should a writer always write what they know? My experience tells me that writing from your heart is a great place to start. There are so many genres out there and more added each day. A writer should also look at what they love to read. Reading is a big part of a writer’s life. We, as writers, have different attributes for our writing and we have the reason we write what we write. Passion for writing is like gasoline for our cars. It is a necessity. Why do we write? Maybe it’s for fun or maybe it’s from the heart or maybe it’s 76FVƖrRFBw&Fr0vB7&W2RF6FVRFVFW'2FW&R2v0W'6Rw&FrvFWBW'6RvRfRF&V7FFfrW"v2w&FrFW2W2FBbV6FVBW &VFW'26VRFFffW&VBv&BrFRv2vFVVƖvFV2W2w&FRvB0'FBFR6RvVw&FrFRW&fV7B7V6WB6w&FrW"76&fW2FRfW&WF6RbW 7F'F2'&w2&R&VFW'2FV6W2FRV6W76GF76FVǒ&WBW'6VfW2W7F&Ɨ6W'6VbBW '&BRW'6Vb7FBWBg&FR&W7Bw&FrW"766&RFff7VB'WB6FRW w&Fr'&B6F2VW7FFvBF&Rw&FW#6FF3bR67vW"W2FFW6RGvVW7F2FVvw&FRW"76BGW&BF&W7G6VW"ǒPrW"7F'B6&7FW'2RFV&v&Wf6R@&Wf6RVFRfRƗ6VBBFFR&W7BB6&RWfW'vV&R2FffW&VBB2w&FW"RW7BfBv@VF6W2RFR7B6RfwW&VBWBRfR6WFV@'FBW&WbW"vRfRFV6FVBvBW 762&VfW&V6RFw&Fr6vWBFBVBW" 6WFW"WBBvWB76FRvFW"W6RVƖFV&R2FRWF"`FfRG&V2W&WF6&7F27&VVB&@FRfVFW"W"w&Fw0&VfV7BW"fRf"FRW&6खF6R27W'&VFǒv&pV"Bח7FW'6W&W2FR6RfࠥFR'Bbw&Fr2FR'BbF66fW&pvBR&VƖWfR( DwW7FfRfV&W'@6WFW&w&FW'2