and sociology. She started working
as a reporter when she was sixteen and won awards for feature, news, and
editorial writing. She has also done
freelance writing. In addition to writing, she works as a director of
communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, cupcakes, and
U2. She lives in Utah with her extremely supportive husband and their
five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin
help them develop their own unique voice and style?
won’t know your voice and style until you start writing. I experimented with so
many different types of writing until I found the one that “fit.” Writing
serious books made me bored—even I didn’t want to read them. Science fiction
made me wish I lived in a padded room so I had lots of white walls to write on
and keep track of everything. I knew those genres weren’t right for me because
I couldn’t make them feel authentic. What fit me best was writing strong female
characters in books with humor and romantic elements. I knew I’d found my right
fit when the voice and dialogue came easily.
you’re writing, read! A lot! In a lot of different genres, with different
narration and styles. Find the books that you enjoy. Look for voices that speak
to you and make you want to keep reading. Then write, and see if your voice is
similar. I read a lot of different types of books. Not all of them are in my
same voice or genre, but I learn something from each book I read, and try to
incorporate what I learn into my own writing.
Outside Opinion-Finding your voice and figuring out what genre
it fits best in can be difficult. The Devil Drinks Coffee is actually a book I
first started writing when I was twelve. It’s had several different
incarnations over the years. At one point it was a dystopian book, at another
point, it was fantasy. The one thing that stayed the same through all the
versions was that the book was set in a small Utah town. My editor was reading
the first book in my YA trilogy, Eternal Starling, and mentioned that she
thought I had a talent for writing humor. I realized the thing the other
versions The Devil Drinks Coffee had missed was my voice. That simple
observation from my editor changed everything, and my idea for The Devil Drinks
Coffee snapped together in my head like a puzzle. I wrote the first draft in a
month. I loved the story and characters so much that it came to me easily that
I wanted to spend every spare moment writing. That’s how I knew I was writing
the right thing, with the right voice.
pig are starting to make Kate Saxee wonder if taking a job in her small
hometown of Branson Falls, Utah, was such a great idea. As The Branson Tribune
editor, Kate covers local news, which, more often than not, involves her
accident-prone mom. Nothing truly newsworthy has ever happened in the quiet
town until local teen Chelsea Bradford turns up dead in a Branson Falls lake.
The police rule Chelsea’s death an accident, but
Kate suspects there’s more to the story—and she’s not the only one. Two of
Branson’s most eligible bachelors are determined to help her solve the
crime—among other things. But the small town social network is faster than
Twitter, and gossip about Kate’s love-life is quickly branding her the Branson
As Kate learns more about Chelsea, she discovers
that plenty of people are trying to cover up the real story behind the girl’s
death—including Chelsea’s parents. Now Kate has to juggle work, men, her mom’s
most recent disaster involving a low-speed John Deere Combine chase on the
freeway, and fend off the Mormons heaven-bent on saving her soul—all while
solving Chelsea’s murder. Dealing with this is going to require a lot of
coffee, chocolate frosted donuts, Neil Diamond’s greatest hits, and a slew of
words not on the town approved imitation swear list.
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