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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Research, Music, Theater = Writing and Fun

“With historicals, the research is half the fun. Contemporaries are especially easy. People are right out there in front of you; you meet them every day. You can concentrate wholly on the story and characters.” – Heather Graham Pozzessere

Born on the Ides of March in 1953, Pozzessere is a best-selling American writer of more than 150 romance, mystery and paranormal novels now published in 25 languages and with a huge following (her books have sold over 75 million copies).  

A native of Florida, she studied as an actress and singer and started her career in dinner theater before becoming a stay-at-home mom.  During “nap times” for her young kids, she started writing both romance and horror stories and made her first sale at age 29.  And while Romance and Historical Romance have been at the forefront of her work, her mysteries and “chill” tales also have won acclaim.  She has been a leading member of Mystery Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and the International Thriller Writers.
Recently, she gravitated back to acting and                       singing, starting an annual dinner theater event to benefit the city of New Orleans and its libraries.  She also is the founder of the all-author Slush Pile players and Slush Pile band, which performs musical revues at writing conventions and for charity.

Known for her detailed descriptions and “true to the character” depictions, she noted,   “I always feel a responsibility to the people I write about. I feel obligated to portray them in the way they feel is proper.”

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