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The Secret Power of Setting

The Secret Power of Setting

(Painting by Caspar David Friedrich) The Secret Power of Setting Want to know a secret? I’ll tell you two. They’re both techniques about writing a story’s settings. Its locations. The first technique you may already be using. If so, bravo! The second, however, is not...

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Breaking News! New Novel: “The Deadly Trade”

Breaking News! New Novel: “The Deadly Trade”

Breaking News! I’m delighted to announce that I’ve just signed the contract with my publisher for my new novel, The Deadly Trade, the first book in a series of murder mysteries featuring animal rights activist Natalie “Nat” Sinclair and her team of volunteers as they...

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It’s All Storytelling

It’s All Storytelling

We’ve all binge-watched TV series during this pandemic, haven’t we? It’s been a boon, soothing strained nerves. I imagine it’s made Netflix very rich. An interesting result of all that viewing is that it’s sharpened writers’ awareness of what makes a strong narrative...

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5 Signs You’re a Writer

5 Signs You’re a Writer

My stupidity with numbers is kind of embarrassing. Seriously, I still stumble over grade-school multiplication tables. I have to stare at a clock face for several seconds before I can read the time. Algebra? Calculus? Unfathomable. Numbers, to me, are silent...

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My One-Eyed Hero

My One-Eyed Hero

Readers love book series. No wonder. We get to know the continuing characters so well, we’re eager to find out what happens to them in the next book. For the author, though, the terrain of a series can be a minefield. My Thornleigh Saga is a series of seven historical...

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Literary Wonder Drug

Literary Wonder Drug

I’m feeling pretty happy these days because I’ve just finished writing a new book, my twelfth novel. However, during the eighteen months it took to complete, there were days when the work was definitely not making me happy. Luckily, my career as a writer has taught me...

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Killing Your Darlings

Killing Your Darlings

[Ralph Bruce illustration: "Sydney Carton" in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.] KILLING YOUR DARLINGS by Barbara Kyle Have you heard the phrase, “You’ve got to kill your darlings"? It comes from a 1916 book by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch who advised writers to...

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Weird Superstitions of Famous Writers and Actors

Weird Superstitions of Famous Writers and Actors

Shakespeare was an actor. So was Dickens. In a way every writer is, because when we create stories we play all the roles inside our heads. It’s part of the joy of writing. Before becoming an author I enjoyed a twenty-year acting career and I’ve found many...

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Is Your Question One of These?

Is Your Question One of These?

The Top 5 Questions I Get Asked. Here are the five questions I'm asked most often when I mentor writers in my master classes. Maybe one of these issues is something you've been pondering, too. If so, I hope my answers will be a help. 1. What’s the difference between a...

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Barbara Kyle is represented by:

Alec Shane
Writers House
21 West 26 Street
New York, NY, 10010
ashane@writershouse.com

Barbara Kyle is the author of the bestselling Thornleigh Saga historical novels and acclaimed thrillers. Over half a million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Her new novel The Deadly Trade will be published in Fall 2023. Barbara has coached hundreds of writers in her online programs and many have become award-winning authors.