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I am currently writing a story, that takes place in the year 2075 where cloning has been considered a federal offence.  Anyone unknowingly or knowingly,  supplying their DNA for the purpose of cloning will be sentenced to death.  The main character is a woman who is a Criminal Investigator.  She finds herself on a job that she considers routine, but throughout the book realizes there is a lot more to the whole situation that she could have ever fathomed.  There are explosions, car crashed, murders, missing persons, mystery, theft, etc.

I am not a professional writer, but find it easy to put my thoughts on paper.  I am unsure as to whether this type of book ( I consider fiction/mystery)will be welcomed into the hands of readers.

Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you

Dear Cindy,
It sounds like a good premise for a sci-fi novel. In order to really make it good, i recommend that you read a book on writing sci-fi. There are certain rules of genre writing that you can break, but you have to know what they are before you can break them. At my web page i have linked to some good books on writing. Choose a sci-fi writing book there or browse Amazon or your local bookstore.
Here's some additional feedback on your idea. First, you have to have someone in the book who is likable, probably your protagonist. Also, the evil people have to have some redeeming qualities. You can't just paint a horrible picture where everything is awful and all the people are cretins. Otherwise, people will have a hard time getting through it. There has to be a strain of humanity, truth, that the book is depicting.
Also, novels these days are best when they're acted out, rather than narrated. Your story must start out with some action, instead of  a long narrative about "how things are." For more about how to do this, refer to the Fiction Writer's Workshop also linked to my writer's page.

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Nori J. Muster


Writing and publishing books, including e-books.


I have been writing for publication since 1981, including years as a staff writer, associate editor, editorial writer, and freelance reporter. At this time, I have eight Kindle books for sale at

Lakes of Tempe Authors, Tempe, Arizona

Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World
Cult Recovery Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life
Child of the Cult
Learning to Flow with the Tao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching
Positive Quotations: Wisdom from the Master Mind
Collected Writings: Five Books by Nori Muster
Noriland Art Gallery: Secrets from the Vault
Spiritual Summer and Other Short Stories

UCLA Extension Writer's Program, 1988 - 1994
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University, 1991

Awards and Honors
USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith, BBC Sunday Programme,, Glamour Magazine, Portland Mercury News, W-Five TV (Toronto), Publisher's Weekly, Boston Phoenix, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC TV News - 20/20, ABC radio, Associated Press, The Age (Melbourne),, The New York Times, Religious News Service, Dallas Morning News, Columbia Journalism School, Whole Life Times (Los Angeles), Toronto Sun, the John Dayle Show (KFYI AM, Phoenix), the Eliot Stein Show (syndicated radio and Internet broadcast), Discovery with Josh Wagner (KKUP, 91.5 FM, Santa Clara, California), KOGO (News Radio 600, San Diego), Jupiterís Girl syndicated radio show, Lakes Log.

Book Reviews:
Publisherís Weekly, Feminist Bookstore News, Yoga Journal, New York Post, Choice Magazine, Boston Herald, Nexus (Colorado), Gentle Strength Times, Coastlines (UCSB alumni), Theology Digest, Nova Religio, Rapport, India West,,

Book Signings:
Prescott College reunion; Gentle Strength Co-op, Tempe; Different Drummer Bookshop, Laguna Beach; L.A. Times Toastmasters; Biltmore Plaza Border's Books, Phoenix; Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles; Health & Life Enrichment Expo, Pasadena; Sacramento Reads book festival, and others.

ISKCON World Review, Van Dhal Publications, Gentle Strength Times, Arizona Woman, Lakes Log, ICSA Today, Cultic Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Kindle,,, Apple Books, and others.

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