I Wrote a Book

January 2020

I started writing a novel in January of last year and was "done" by Thanksgiving, which seemed terrific until I started querying literary agents and realized there is no "done." So far, the best piece of advice I've heard is to start writing the next one, because the first one rarely gets published. Fine with me - I love writing and hate getting people to read what I wrote, so any excuse to crawl into my hole and continue amusing myself is welcome.

SPARKLE SHOT Returns

January 2020

This year I hope to thrill my three enthusiastic fans with a republication of my crime novella SPARKLE SHOT, as well as further installments following the adventures of Mara, Ali, Jay, and a bunch of unruly Russians. Stay tuned for details and click here for a sample of the original SPARKLE SHOT.

My name is Lina Chern and I write stories on my phone while sitting in traffic. I have also written trivia questions, word puzzles for a TV game show, paranormal romances, dialogue for...

 

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I'm Reading...

January 2020

THE NIGHT CIRCUS, by Erin Morgenstern

This book was brought up during my critique group as an example of a book that seems to break all the "rules" by shifting from one verb tense into another, and changing narration styles mid-stream. What gives...

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Need Writing Help?

January 2020

The Cook Memorial Library writing critique group turns one year old this month, and is still going strong, which is great for me because I love telling people what to do. Don't live close to Libertyville, IL? Drop me a line and I'll be happy to tell you what to do. With your writing, or just in general.

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