8 thoughts on “Author Spotlight no.208 – Gail Lukasik

  1. Jacqueline Seewald says:

    Hi, Gail,

    This is a particularly interesting blog post for me, a fellow Five Star/Gale mystery writer, among other things. I feel kinship because like you I started writing as a child and always wanted to be a writer. I became an English teacher and also ended up teach at the university as well as becoming a librarian. Like you I love research. I know your next novel will be every bit as good as your others!

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    • Gail Lukasik says:

      Hi, Jacqueline,

      Thanks for the supportive comments. Sometimes I find the research to be a double-edged sword. I usually do more research than I need to do to write the book. Then I have to make smart choices about what to include and what not to include so that the book doesn’t get bogged down in research.

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      • morgenbailey says:

        Hi Gail. There’s a fine line and this came up in discussion at a literature festival I was at yesterday. If the reader needs to know e.g. make of gun (as an example) then yes, include it but if they don’t need to know how many bullets it holds (unless the character shoots 20 when it can only hold 6!) then no. We just have to make the reader confident that we know what we’re talking about.

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  2. Gail Lukasik says:

    Hi Morgen, You make an excellent point about what to include and what not to include. In an early draft of The Lost Artist I’d included a section set in 1565 in Florida that explained how the art treasure central to the book survived. After much thought I decided I didn’t need it. It was hard to let it go but that’s what writers do–make the hard decisions.

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      • morgenbailey says:

        Absolutely, Gail. I’ve almost wept (inside anyway) at writers I’ve interviewed who said they’ve shredded their early novels because they were rubbish. With practice we can hone whatever we write or if we can’t, they show us how far we’ve come.

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