A USA Today Bestselling author, this slightly out of place Renaissance man writes mysteries and more. Topics include writing, family, gardens, and more, often infused with a bit of gentle philosophy and always with a lust for life.
life gets in the way of...well, everything. I haven't written much
since early summer. I know, it's crazy. I'm the guy who proclaimed "I
hope to write a hundred books before I die." Really? I'm at sixteen
books and I feel...stalled.
guess it was family health issues that pushed me off track, for the
most part. While I've recognized and handled my own issue (high sugar
levels) and I'm now fit and healthier than ever before, I've needed to
refocus on life and take an extra hour or two every day to exercise.
loved my morning walks (yes, even in the cold & dark) because I
listen to audio books and it's been fantastic. But this refocusing on
health sure has done a number on my "free time.'
In other words, my writing time has pretty much evaporated.
feels strange to say this in a year when my publisher released seven of
my books. Seven! And we have three ready to go in 2013. And yes, I've
been poking around rewriting/editing some of my yet-to-be-released
LeGarde books (Virtuoso, to be exact).
editing and prepping and promoting just isn't the same as writing
something new and fresh. That's the fun part of being an author. I miss
it, but I"m sure I'll get back to it soon.
who am I to complain? In this age where children are shot in their own
schools and soldiers are dying for our freedom, I truly have no rights
grateful to have my family. I'm so eternally grateful... And every day I
hug and hold them as much as I can without them batting me away and
telling me "enough already!"
please, in this season of holiday joy, please go hug and kiss your
loved ones a little extra today. And have a very Merry Christmas.
Why are these audio book covers different from the books? My publisher
doesn't hold the audio rights, so I am on my own here. But she does own
the cover art from the books. So I created some new artwork for each
book. Hope you like them.
Kindle eBook, 99 cents each
This writing guide is a collection of articles I’ve written over the
past seven years for fiction writers of all levels. Whenever I stumbled
across something in the writing process, whether it was new-to-me
technical skills or promotional methods, I wanted to share them with my
network of writing pals. I was driven to help new writers just as my
mentors helped me in the beginning of my career. Sort of like paying it
forward, you know?
One of my favorite sayings I use when I sign off from my articles is
“remember to take pleasure in the little things, and if you love to
write, write like the wind!”
I guess it’s a strange concept, but I have this vision of unleashing
swirling gusts of words just like the wind that rattles leaves in trees
and blows hats along the sidewalk. Don’t stop to analyze, don’t
hesitate, don’t edit yourself to death. There’s plenty of time for that
later (and then you can “Edit Like an Architect” like my friend Natalie
Neal Whitefield says.) Just let it all out in one big gushing explosion
of words, and keep going until you reach the last chapter.
Thanks for ordering this guide. I’d love to hear from you, so if you’d
like to say hello, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
or stop by my website at http://www.lazarbooks.com.
Aaron Paul Lazar
8. Beta Readers — who they are and why you need them
Marketing and Building Your Platform
9. Blogging — what’s the big deal?
10. Live Chats — do they sell books?
11. Writing Columns and Branding Yourself
12. Audio Books — how to get your novels into ACX
Dealing with Rejection or Unfair Criticism
13. The Shredding
14. Rejection! (Is your book REALLY that bad?)
Character Letters – examples
15. Sam Moore Speaks
16. Message from Gus LeGarde
Where Do You Write?
17. Writing on the River
18. Writing on the Road
19. Writing with Kids
20. Face-to-Face with Writers (in real life!)
Author Interviews – some examples
Interview with Aaron Lazar by Dorothy James
What Makes a Writer Tick?
1. Are All Writers Egoists?
2. Practical Advice for Writers
3. Chasing the Writing High
4. Coping Skills for Writers in Hard Times
The Nuts and Bolts of Writing
5. Dialogue Tags
6. Your Preface: what it is, when to write it
7. Writing the Tough Stuff (or killing the one you love)
8. Setting the Scene in Your Own Backyard
9. Typing “The End”
Marketing and Building Your Platform
10. Being a Guest on Radio Shows — how hard is it?
11. My First Book Signing
12. Freebies — clever marketing, or foolish folly?
13. Recording Your Character’s Voice
Plotting and Ideas
14. What Scares You?
15. Using Emotions to Drive Your Next Plot (“It’s Over”)
16. Response to “It’s Over”
17. Comfort Movies (plot themes)
Character Interviews and Letters – examples
18. Interview with Oscar Stone
19. Interview with Sam Moore
20. Interview with Siegfried Marggrander
Interview with Ruby, from Tall Pines Mysteries
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(eBook and print)
Gus LeGarde’s life essentially ended four years ago, when his
beloved wife leapt to her death. Today, Gus lavishes love on his family,
trying to bury the pain. But trouble arrives when his arrogant
son-in-law’s business partner goes missing, and Gus’s innocent friend is
set up to take the fall.
(author’s preferred edition, eBook and print via Twilight Times Books)
When eleven-year-old Gus LeGarde sees a girl fleeing an
attacker in the dark Maine woods, he and his friends spend the rest of
the summer hunting for her on horseback and in their rowboat, only to
face the wrath of the nastiest villain ever to haunt the Belgrade Lakes.
Finalist in the category of Mystery Suspense in the 2011 Global eBook
Awards. Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award – 2nd place 2011*
Winner of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s 9th Annual Noble (Not Nobel!) Prize
for Literature 2011 * Finalist Allbooks Editor’s Choice Awards 2011 *
Preditors&Editors Top 10 Finalist
Join Gus and Camille LeGarde as they chase down a family secret
with the potential to change European history. When Gus's
brother-in-law is framed for a thug's murder, the couple is plunged into
a cat-and-mouse game where the stakes are lethal and the future of
Europe hangs in the balance.
When a tornado touches down in Gus’s hometown, it unearths the
body of a missing churchgoer. Who killed Colin Springer? Is the murder
linked to the recent salt mine collapse? The mystery leads Gus to an
underground labyrinth, where he finds the most shocking discovery ever
to rock the Genesee Valley.
When Sam Moore discovers a peculiar green marble in his garden,
it links him to his vanished little brother and thrusts him back in
time, where he battles a faceless serial killer to untangle the
maddening mystery and stop the murder of his beloved grandson.
Winner of the Commercial Fiction category for the 2011 Eric
Hoffer award, winner in the Paranormal category of the 2012 EPIC eBook
Awards, and a finalist in the category of Mystery Suspense in the 2011
Global eBook Awards.
When Sam Moore’s daughter goes missing, a green marble linking
him to his dead brother whisks him between past and present, where he
discovers a bizarre link between his daughter and an exotic villain who
plots deadly revenge against the President of the United States.
When a member of Sam Moore’s family is murdered, he calls on a
peculiar talisman, a green marble, to whisk him back in time to chase
the serial killer, so Sam can change time and bring his loved one back
What happens when a parakeet named Ruby gets an unexpected
mind-meld with Marcella Hollister’s quarrelsome mother, Thelma? When
Thelma’s kidnapped, Marcella must find her - somewhere in the
six-million-acre Adirondack Park. Marcella’s perseverance coupled with
Ruby’s new talent offer the only hope for rescue, until the shocking
truth is revealed.
For the Birds by Aaron Paul Lazar was a finalist in the 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in the category of Mystery.
Marcella’s first love has been MIA for eighteen years. Callie,
her best friend and Sky’s sister, flips out when a mysterious package
from Sky arrives on her doorstep. Inside his old backpack are bottles of
precious essential oils, a memory stick, and a bag of emeralds. Are
these his final effects? Or is Sky alive?
When Marcella’s husband Quinn hears about it, his jealousy
spikes. He and Marcella have been married for seven years, and he’s not
about to let some punk from the past mess that up.
Drug company goons want the data on the memory stick, because it links a
newly discovered essential oil with a leukemia cure. They kidnap
Callie, hoping to lure Sky into the open. Marcella and Quinn track her
to the wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains, where against all odds
they fight to save Callie and preserve the proof that could change the
Essentially Yours by Aaron Paul Lazar is a finalist in the 2013 EPIC Book of the Year Award in the category of Suspense.
Who’s playing dangerous pranks on the drama club? And what do
they have against Gus LeGarde’s fiancée, Camille? Is it Armand, the
Latino teen infatuated with Camille? Or Superintendent Marshall, whose
past holds horrific secrets? Gus must unravel the mystery before the
backstage saboteur stakes his final, deadly claim.
Author's preferred edition - COMING FEB 15th 2013
Don’t Let the Wind Catch You
(Sequel to Tremolo, prequel to Double Forté)
When twelve-year-old Gus LeGarde and his two best friends,
Elsbeth and Siegfried, stumble on a hermit’s cabin in the woods in the
summer of 1965, they’re unprepared for Tully, the crotchety old man who
sticks his head out the window and threatens to shoot them. But more
surprising is Tully’s best friend, a young Indian girl spirit, Penaki,
who reveals herself to the children by forming patterns with
butterflies, rattling tin cups, drawing on dusty mirrors, and flipping
Tully’s past is shrouded in mystery, and Gus can’t understand
why his mother hates Tully so. Gus is drawn into an intriguing mystery
that reveals long-hidden truths about his grandfather, with even deeper
ties to the Ambuscade and the history of the Genesee Valley region. Will
Gus’s findings rewrite the most brutal chapter in the history of
(Coming 2013; YA to adult)
When Quinn's little cousin Kitty shows up on their doorstep in
the middle of a howling rainstorm, all hell breaks loose. (Come meet
Marcella's new puppy, Dak!)