musings, thoughts, and writings of Barbara W. Klaser


December 8, 2010

Last chance to purchase Shadows Fall

The time has come for me to end my self-publishing adventure once and for all. If you’ve intended to read my romantic mystery novel, Shadows Fall, but never got around to it, you can still purchase a Mobi-Pocket or Kindle version of it for the remainder of December.

Update, as of March 2011, Shadows Fall is no longer available for purchase.

Thank you from the depths of my heart to my readers, blog visitors, and all of you who’ve encouraged me and supported my efforts in the past few years, especially my husband Ken.

EDIT: My romantic mystery novel, Shadows Fall, is available again, as of June 2017, as a Kindle-only e-book, to purchase, or to borrow through Kindle Unlimited. New print copies are no longer available.

Shadows Fall at Amazon

Shadows Fall Cover

— Barbara @ rudimentary 2:19 pm PST, 12/08/10

March 10, 2006

Why we blog

A recent Washington Post column queried Bloggers on the Reasons Behind Their Daily Words. Reading it got me to thinking yet again about why I blog.

I started my website back in 2000, when Shadows Fall was first published, for the same reason most writers do, to promote my work. Four years later I started this blog as a way to provide up-to-date content on my website and let visitors know what I was working on—basically as a way to keep the website from stagnating when too much time passed between novels. Little did I know at the time that the blog would engage so much of my attention.

The immediacy of this format holds a certain attraction. Type, click a button, and what you’ve written is published. But that has its drawbacks. As easy as email, which carries its own risks, a blog can suck you out into public view in a way that’s scary and in some ways deceiving. It’s easy to forget you’re putting yourself “out there” to the degree we do online. After all, I’m seated here alone at my home computer as I type this into a little window on my screen. It doesn’t feel public at all, at the time I write. (more…)

— Barbara @ rudimentary 2:55 pm PST, 03/10/06

December 6, 2005

Second draft revisited

To answer some of your comments, I’m much happier with the characters in this second draft of my latest mystery, and I think they’ll continue to grow, which is important for a series I’ll want to go back to. It wouldn’t do for the author to get bored with the backdrop and characters in a series too soon.

How does the emotional factor compare with my earlier mysteries? Shadows Fall was intensely emotional, since it dealt with Beth Gray’s PTSD and related phobia, as well as her dramatic family interactions. That was a different kind of story. It’s been called psychological suspense by some, and I think it tips in that direction. This story doesn’t go that far into psychological drama, but there’s a strong people element, as well as romance, and these characters have their histories, which to a great extent drive them to do the things they do, for good or ill. Instead of psychology, here I’m exploring one area of parapsychology—or at least paranormal experience. Nothing creepy or horrific about it, but I hope it will intrigue all the same. (more…)

— Barbara @ rudimentary 3:04 pm PST, 12/06/05


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