Author Archives: lilastaha

About lilastaha

Writer at heart, engineer by education and training, and an advocate for domestic abuse victims by choice. Author of Shadows of Damascus.

Character Creation

When I seriously considered writing a book, I knew that in any story, characters have to become alive, invoke emotions, reactions, and thoughts from readers. Whether the character is the main one in the story, or secondary in a subplot, … Continue reading

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If I’ve never heard of me, Would I read my book?

If I was a romantic at heart, and constantly striving to experience something new, I would read my book. There’s a love story that unfolds in very unusual circumstances. There are characters that are too different, too far apart, they … Continue reading

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IT’S TRUE! I LOVE YOU!

The words jumped at me from the inside cover of a worn-out book. The handwriting was slightly slanted to the right. Whoever wrote them used black ink, capital letters, and didn’t leave a signature, only a date: FEB. 91. I … Continue reading

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The Domino Effect

I spent the entire day writing non-stop, and I am totally drained of energy and thought. I did stop to have lunch and dinner, of course. Instead of writing something about writing, I thought I’d share an experience I had, in the … Continue reading

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The dread of an Interview

One marketing tool for newly published authors is to send out press releases to as many newspaper outlets and publications out there as possible to spread the word about the new release. If a writer hired a publicist, this process … Continue reading

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What is in a lie?

Writing fiction requires not just an active imagination, but also a decent ability to tell a lie. Lie with conviction, with complete abandonment of the truth, and create a web to support the fabrication. A fictional story has to be … Continue reading

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