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Mystery Novels And Other Fiction
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Most software I have in my current toolbox has been used already during my years as an avionics instructor, and for writing technical manuals. Some got added later on, to optimize my workflow. So, it was only logical to use the same tools for fiction writing as well.

For quite a while, my two most used writing tools were SmartEdit Writer and the Word Add-In SmartEdit for Word.

The SmartEdit Writer is a nifty writer software, specifically designed for novelists and short story writers, but works just fine for non-fiction writers as well. Right down my alley. SmartEdit for Word on the other hand is my indispensable editing tool to clean up and format final drafts.

About the Writer

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I'm a native German, but my great grandfather and one of my aunts were British. Therefore I have been bilingual most of my life.

I chose the engineering path as part of my education, and specialized in electronics and aviation. Working for airlines exposed me more to American English. So I spent a small fortune on perfecting it at Berlitz, and it was my prevailing language from then on.

Aviation let me go around the globe for years. I spent a lot of my time in Far East, and some of it in the Middle East. My passports, showing all these entry stamps, looked like an impressionistic painting. I became familiar with Malaysia and Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, and Australia. Not to mention Africa and Israel.

Last but not least, I finally moved to the U.S., where I worked as an avionics instructor for an airline. Teaching avionics systems in a classroom, as well as writing or editing technical training manuals defined my daily routine. It was the turning point, transforming me completely into an editor and writer for the rest of my life.

Family issues required my presence in Germany again after several years. My wife and I left 'Corporate America', and returned to my old stomping ground Europe. We stayed in Germany for a while, sorted things out, and then moved on again.

Malta [Mediterranean] was our home for some years before we decided to move to Spain for good. The cooler climate in northern Spain near the Atlantic coast, and along the Pyrenees suits our needs better. The slower pace there will also allow me to pursue my writing. Stay tuned.

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Windows Apps
for Writers

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Editing Add-On for Microsoft Word Users

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Creative Writing Software, equally suited for Fiction and Non-Fiction.

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Our local time zone here in Europe is GMT [UTC] +1.

Differences in time zones are often quite large, and the best way to contact me is via email.

Europe is several hours ahead of the U.S., ranging from 9 hours ahead of Pacific Time to 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time. South Africa, on the contrary, is 1 hour ahead of us, and New Zealand even a total of 11 hours.

Time differences within the European Union are not relevant, as they are maximal 2 hours.


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