Berkom is the USA Today
best selling author of two action-packed thriller series
featuring strong female leads: Leine Basso and Kate
Her love of creating resilient, kick-ass women
characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading
spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to
find the female equivalent within those pages.
Raised in the Midwest, she earned a BA in political
science from the University of Minnesota and promptly
moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Several years and
a multitude of adventures later, she wrote her first
novel and was hooked. The Kate Jones adventure thriller,
Bad Spirits, was first published in 2010 as an online
serial, and was immediately popular with eBook fans.
Dead of Winter, Death Rites, and Touring for Death soon
followed before she began the far grittier Leine Basso
thriller series in early 2012 with Serial Date. Now, she
tries to give equal time to both Kate's and Leine's
stories, a must for her (happily) impatient readers.
DV currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with the
love of her life, Mark, a chef-turned-contractor, and
several imaginary characters who like to tell her what
to do. Her most recent books include Vigilante Dead, A
Killing Truth, Cargo, The Body Market, A One Way Ticket
to Dead, and Yucatán Dead.
Wouldn't it be great to get a critique
from a bunch of other writers? This is your chance!
We'll be doing critiques right in the
chatroom for this chat. Details on how to get in on the action will be
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here. ) DON'T submit until you get the email!
I strongly suggest you
submit polished work. Most of our chatters are aiming for
publication. To get there, you have to be able to handle honest
critiques. I will not allow personal attacks, but problems in the
writing will be openly discussed.
If you are not in
attendance, your submission will be skipped. It's a waste of
everyone's time to critique something if the author isn't there to
essay, query letter...it doesn't matter. I recommend trying to get an entire scene
into 300 words. Full scenes get better crits.
Why only 300 words? More
than that will scroll off the screen too quickly. People need to be
able to read it, to give a good crit.