World-Weaving: Keep the Data, Avoid the Dump

Our guest speaker on November 15th, will be science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair. Linnea will provide us with insights into how to keep the data and avoid the dump, as she delves into the exciting world of research.

Characters and their stories require the construction of “worlds,” from the character’s physical location (known or invented), to the character’s occupation, to the character’s social, political, and economic structure…and more. For many writers, this mean compiling pages of detailed and fascinating facts that often get dumped into the storyline—and onto the reader—like a load of soggy laundry and with about the same effect: Readers get bored and the story flops to a halt. But wait! Instead of the dump, do the weave. In this World-Weaving workshop, award-winning author Linnea Sinclair will show you how to seamlessly integrate your beloved research into your story and make it feel real, immediate and exciting.

No matter the genre, research is imperative for our fiction. Come and be a part of the Sunshine State Romance Authors on November 15th at the Homosassa Public Library in downtown Homosassa, as we learn the best ways to incorporate our research into our stories, while maintaining accuracy.


A little bit about Linnea Sinclair

Author Linnea Sinclair

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades,” earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly.  Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.”

Her previous careers include news reporting (television and newspaper) and private investigation (she was a licensed private investigator in Florida for ten years).  She teaches seminars in both the craft of writing for all levels of writers and private investigation techniques for mystery authors via on-line writing sites and at writing conventions nationwide.

Linnea resides in Naples, Florida (winters) and Columbus, Ohio (summers) with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats.

Mikki Cober

Mikki Cober

Blog Editor at SSRA
Mikki Cober was born and raised in Connecticut, just a train ride away from New York City. Her favorite past times growing up were reading gothic romances and mysteries. Mikki spent a lot of time with Julia, her BFF, writing romantic suspense novels and short stories, creating mock radio shows, and designing comic books. They spent many a summer day floating in a rowboat loaded with notebooks, pens, blankets and a transistor radio on the nearby river. The creative juices really flowed when the sun reflected gold off the water, the sky was a cloudless turquoise, and CCR rocked on the airwaves.

After college, Mikki put aside her writing for a while, focused on a career with a systems engineering firm, got married and had two wonderful children. Both are now grown and part of the workforce (halleluiah!) All that time, she felt the tug of a good story, and the desire to put thoughts to paper. After everyone else’s life was coming together, she once again began laying out romantic suspense plots that include love, murder and mystery.

Mikki loves to travel, and many of her current and completed works take the reader around the country to various locations like Washington D.C., Coastal Alabama, Alaska and Sarasota Florida.She currently resides in Citrus County Florida, is enjoying the warm gulf breezes, and sneaks away from the laptop a couple of times a week to play golf.
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