Author Archives: Rusty Rhoad

Fact Checking

Are you one of those readers where it ruins a book for you if the author is factually inaccurate? Does it have to be gross negligence? Is incidental inaccuracy moderately OK? Turning that around from out side: how much fact … Continue reading

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A Song in my Head/Heart?

Taking a break from writing fiction next week for something . . . different. I’m attending a songwriters’ workshop. Song writing and fiction writing have a number of similarities. For example, they both employ words. And, um, let’s see what … Continue reading

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Arnie Penders’ Prophetic Insights

In my first published novel, Return from Avalon (and Points West), my first beta-male hero Arnie Penders finds himself at Mount Rushmore. Bored after about 20 minutes, and in the manner of any good beta-male hero, he begins to entertain … Continue reading

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I Need Some Magic!

All of my novels so far have a touch of magic. I don’t mean like those magical moments when you’re in the perfect writing space and every page you write is filled with magical words. There are a few of … Continue reading

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January Blahs?

January is an uber-productive time for me. Something about the calendar turning over to a new year always gives me a swift kick in the butt and gets me out of those holiday hangover blahs. This changing of the year … Continue reading

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The Hardest Part

When people find out you’re a writer, they immediately switch from casual social interaction mode to quiz-the-writer mode. “How do you manage to focus on one thing long enough to write a book? I could never do that. I tried … Continue reading

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Your Imaginary Friends

When you’re a writer, you get a lot of cutesy gifts. T-shirts are my kids’ favorites, and I’d much rather receive a writer-themed t-shirt than a necktie. And you know you’re loved when you get the inevitable “Writer’s block: when … Continue reading

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Two Unusual Characters

I love quirky, offbeat, or unusual minor characters (some of my major characters are pretty quirky, offbeat, or unusual, but that’s a different story). In my current WIP, I started off with two new concepts that are both a first … Continue reading

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Truly on the Road

I didn’t coin the category, “On the Blog Rhoad with Rusty”–that came from our beloved Char Chaffin. But today it certainly fits. Instead of sitting with my butt in my ergonomically-designed chair and nose to my computer grindstone, I’m off … Continue reading

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Alternative Legend

Something perhaps a little different from your more typical romance writer’s post this morning. But it’s what I do, and it’s not too long. So don’t give up too easily. I’m reading Parke Godwin’s Sherwood,  a very imaginative treatment of … Continue reading

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