Neil Plakcy


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In this episode, Linda Hengerer talks with Neil Plakcy about writing, his many writing projects, and his writing process.
Neil S. Plakcy is the author of over fifty gay romance, gay mystery and adventure, and cozy mystery novels. His eclectic work career includes stints in shopping mall construction, web development, and computer game producing. He grew up in suburban Pennsylvania where the golden retriever mysteries are set, and spent many childhood hours in his lakeside backyard with his dog, chasing butterflies and longing to be in the planes that flew overhead.

He is a professor of English at Broward College in the Fort Lauderdale suburbs, where he lives with his husband and two rambunctious golden retrievers.
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Quote from E.L. Doctorow: "Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

Get to know Neil - The Tart Words Baker's Dozen:
1. Plotter or Pantser? Combo? I’m a combo—I like to lay out the main points of the story and then let my imagination get me there.

2. Tea or Coffee? Raspberry mocha cappuccino from Starbucks. Though I have become my own barista during the pandemic and now I use either Raspberry Chocolate or Coconut Rum ground beans.

3. Beer, Wine, or Cocktails? Given the choice, I’ll order a Cosmopolitan, please, though at home I’m more likely to drink a fruity ale or a cider.

4. Snacks: Sweet or Savory? Sweet. Entenmann’s chocolate donuts or chocolate chip cookies.

5. Indie Published, Traditionally Published, or Hybrid? Hybrid, though leaning more toward indie. I still have contracts with one small publisher for a series of erotic anthologies that continue to sell well.

6. Strict Writing Schedule: Yes or No. Yes, in general. Since the pandemic, I’ve been aiming for three hours every morning, with extra bits as I can fit them in.

7. Strictly Computer or Mix It Up? Strictly computer. I can type a lot faster than I can handwrite. Though I do occasionally dictate notes into my phone if I’m driving and I get an idea.

8. Daily Goal: Yes or No. No goa

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