Thursday, February 17, 2011

An Exciting New Venture!

Belle Books, the publisher of my short stories, including my upcoming "Running Raw," has decided to host a regular column for Harry Potter for Writers! The first post is live today!!  Yes, I'm thrilled!!!! :-)

Are you like the millions of other fans who between the releases of Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows agonized over that gut-jarring ending? Did you scour the pages for JKR's slyly laid clues as to whose side Snape was truly on? If you did, I'm hoping I may still have found one expertly hidden gem to surprise you.

Or, if you're a writer interested in how to plot twists and mysteries into your story without showing your hand prematurely, I hope this post will offer a tip to help you along.

Either way, please check out my post, One Potent Word, and please leave comments.

BellBridgeBooks is an imprint of Belle Books, an independent, multi-genre publisher based in Memphis, TN -- a small press doing wonderful work.  Their authors include NYT bestsellers Deborah Smith and Jill Barnett, Pulitzer nominee Janice Daughatry, and Edgar winner Mark Nykanen. I've worked with BelleBooks for years on my short stories and they are wonderful to publish with -- personable, responsive, and eager to do the best for all their authors. I highly recommend that you check them out!

Here's a snippet of my post:
The end of Half-Blood Prince has been finely picked over by a rabid Harry Potter CSI team. The emotions burning through this ending surely obscured most of our views for anything less pressing than dealing with the murder of Dumbledore at the hand of his trusted confidant Snape. But clues litter the crime scene and we must push the emotion aside to uncover them.


  1. I read your post Susan! It was not only terrific but your writing was excellent too!

  2. Thanks so much, Laura. I'm having loads of fun! :-)

  3. Congratulations, Susan. Exciting news. Love the snippet. I'm going to head off into the other links.

  4. Thanks Leslie. And thanks so much for commenting over at Belle as well! :-)

  5. Hmmm...for some reason I cant comment! Great post though! You need to get teach this stuff!

  6. I'm sorry you couldn't comment, Sarah. I'll mention it to BellBridge and see if they can figure out what the problem is. I never could get my pic/avatar to appear, even though I'd set it up in Wordpress. (In fact, if anyone can clue me in, I'd love to fix that!)

    And thanks so much, Christina. I'm still excited -- and now working on my second post! :-)

  7. Loved the post! Even told my hubby about it because he loves HP so much. ;D

  8. Thanks so much, Lisa. I wish my hubby was into HP, but at least he likes the movies!

  9. For some reason I can't leave a comment on the Belle Books page, but I had to tell you KUDOS! What a wonderful analysis. She truly is an amazing writer.
    I also *have* to say that I was loyal to Snape since Book 1. I had to defend him on many occasions and never doubted his love for Lily or loyalty to Dumbledore. And I cried so hard when I read that scene. Still do.

  10. Hi Janflora, welcome to my blog! Do you go by Janet? You're not the only person who has said the Belle Blog wouldn't work for you. I'll mention it again and see if they can fix it as I hope to have another post soon.

    Thanks so much for your feedback about the article. It was definitely sad at the end about Snape, but wonderful that you figured him out early on!



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