Author Archives: Laurence MacNaughton

About Laurence MacNaughton

I'm an urban fantasy and thriller author. My books include It Happened One Doomsday, The Spider Thief and Conspiracy of Angels. Get free previews, bonus features, and more fun stuff at www.LaurenceMacNaughton.com

How to Create Characters in 60 Seconds

How To Create Characters in 60 SecondsWhen you create great characters, they walk onto the page and make your story unforgettable. They can bring every scene to life.

But creating characters takes tons of time and effort, doesn’t it?

Not necessarily.

I’m here to show you how you can create an impressively good character in 60 seconds or less.

Sound impossible?

Here’s the secret.

P.S. Get more awesome writing tips in your email when you subscribe to my author newsletter.

Categories: For Writers | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Signing with Molly Tanzer at BookBar

A little over a year ago, I did one of my favorite book events of all time. I joined New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn and the fabulous J.L. Forrest at the BookBar.

It’s a bookstore. And a bar. Brilliant.

The place was packed. People were having a great time. Everything was so completely overwhelming and amazingly exciting.

Not only was it fun, it was also meaningful, because we all got to sit down and have thought-provoking conversations with readers.

Also, since there was plenty of wine everywhere, us authors sounded pretty brilliant. ; )

This week I’ll be heading back to the Bookbar. This time, I’m teaming up with the amazing Molly Tanzer, author of Creatures of Will and Temper. She’ll be reading from the next book in the series, Creatures of Want and Ruin, which moves the action from Victorian London to Prohibition-era Long Island.

I, of course, will be reading from No Sleep Till Doomsday. (Funny urban fantasy with crystal magic and demon-possessed muscle cars. Unyielding mayhem. You know the drill.)

Come join us and have a great time!

Bookbar author signing event Laurence MacNaughtonBook Signing Event Details:

Saturday, March 9, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

BookBar
4280 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212

RSVP on Meetup.com

Don’t miss out on any upcoming events! Subscribe to my author newsletter.

Categories: Dru Jasper, events | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Introducing the Six-Figure Master Fiction Plot

Lester Dent Master Fiction PlotEver wish you could write a novel in just a matter of weeks . . . and then sell it for good money?

Lester Dent did exactly that. In fact, he wrote his first novel in just thirteen days.

You read that right. Thirteen days.

Over the course of his career, he wrote nearly 200 novel-length stories. He often wrote a book-length story every month, using a “master plot” formula of his own devising.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get your hands on that top-secret recipe for success? You bet it would.

So here it is. Lester Dent’s entire master plot formula.

P.S. Want plenty more instant writing tips like this? Subscribe to my author newsletter.

 

Categories: For Writers, how to write a book | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Editors

James Persichetti, Developmental Editor at Lost Hat Editorial Services

For every brilliant manuscript that grows into a best-selling novel, untold thousands of others get dumped into the recycle bin. What’s the crucial difference between them?

Ask Jamie.

Over the years, James Persichetti has seen more unpublished manuscripts cross his desk than most people could read in a lifetime. He started out at the incomparable Nelson Literary Agency (Bird Box, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, etc.).

Now, he’s launched Lost Hat Editorial Services, a boutique editing business that helps writers like you succeed. Here he is, in his own words, to tell you how to find the right editor, polish your book to perfection, and avoid the biggest mistakes aspiring writers make. Continue reading

Categories: For Writers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 Most Inspiring Books for Writers

Did you resolve to finish your novel this year?

I salute you. The bad news is that 80% of those who set New Year’s resolutions give up by the second week of February, according to U.S. News.

So, right about . . . now.

Need a little help staying inspired to write your novel? Here are the best books to keep you going.

P.S. For even more inspiration, writing tips, and other good stuff, subscribe to my author newsletter. (It’s free!)

Categories: For Writers | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Have yourself a very merry doomsday!

Do you know someone on your “Nice” list who would like to receive an autographed Dru Jasper book as a gift? I’m signing and sending out one of each book, and you can help me pick the winners!

Just contact me and tell me the name of the person you’d like to give a book to, and which book they might like:

#1: It Happened One Doomsday,
#2: A Kiss Before Doomsday, or
#3: No Sleep till Doomsday.

No matter what you celebrate this season, I’m wishing you peace, joy, and the warmest of holiday greetings! Ho ho ho! : )

Very best,
Laurence

Categories: Books, Dru Jasper, Free Stuff, Fun | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

6 Best How-To Books for Writers

6 Best How-To Books for Writers blog imageNeed a gift idea for the writer in your life? Or yourself?

Here’s a roundup of the absolute best how-to books for writers.

These books hold the storytelling secrets you need to to structure your novel, create better characters, and get your book finished.

Check it out on Fiction University.

Categories: For Writers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

8 Secrets to Pitching Your Novel Like a Pro

8 Secrets to Pitching Your Novel Like a ProWhen it comes to publishing a novel, the actual writing is only half the battle. In order to get the attention of a publisher, you have to know how to “sell” your book.

I think we can all agree that most writers are not natural-born sales professionals. So it’s easy to understand why the idea of sitting down across the desk from an editor and pitching your novel might make you break out in a cold sweat.

No worries. There are basically eight big pitfalls you have to avoid — all you have to do is navigate around them, and let your story shine through.

I’ve explained how to do it here, on Fiction University.

Categories: For Writers | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

The real life inspiration behind No Sleep till Doomsday

Perhaps the most popular character in my Dru Jasper series is Hellbringer, a black 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona that is literally possessed by a speed demon.

In my new book, No Sleep till Doomsday, our anti-hero Hellbringer has a brand-new nemesis, a 2018 Dodge Demon named Soulbreaker.

If you’re even thinking about reading my book, you’re going to want to watch this video.

Whoa!

Man, that’s tough to beat. But yeah, that’s pretty much the essence of my book.

There’s another video I’d like to share with you that reveals a second big inspiration behind this book, but — SPOILER ALERT! — it hints at a major plot twist. So if you want to avoid the spoiler, stop reading now.

(By the way, if you haven’t signed up for my author newsletter yet, and you want to be entered to win free books and other cool stuff, click here.)

But if you DO want to read about this big mysterious inspiration (and you can’t say I didn’t warn you), here it is:

Continue reading

Categories: Dru Jasper, It Happened One Doomsday | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

Meet me at Tattered Cover on Friday 11/9/18 at 7 pm

No Sleep Till Doomsday book signingIf you’re in the Denver area, come meet me this Friday at my very favorite bookstore: Tattered Cover. I’ll talk about the stories behind No Sleep till Doomsday, read my favorite pages, answer questions, and sign books.

After the signing, head through the “secret door” into The Goods restaurant next door to join me and mingle with other book lovers like you. Hope to see you there!

When:

Friday, November 9 at 7:00 PM

Where:

Tattered Cover on Colfax
2526 East W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

Can’t make it? Still want to get a signed paperback—or even win one for free? You’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win when you subscribe to my author newsletter.

Categories: events | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com.