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Talent Is Nice; Desire Is Everything

Talent Is Nice; Desire Is Everything

The only reason I’m a writer is because when I ask myself, “What else would I do?” I have no answer. I mean, I literally have no answer. Yes, I might have distant, romantic dreams of becoming an architect, but I do not possess the necessary skills – not even close. For me, adding three […]

February 20, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
From Blogging To Memoir

From Blogging To Memoir

During the last six or seven years I owned and ran my bed and breakfast, I began writing again on a regular basis, sometimes 4-5 hours a day. It all started when I visited my youngest daughter and her husband one Christmas. He was in marketing and was constructing a new blog for his business. […]

February 18, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
 Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women Behind the World’s Famous and Infamous

 Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women Behind the World’s Famous and Infamous

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” Virginia Woolf The idea for Behind Every Great Man was the result of serendipity-and it arrived through the unlikely person of former First Lady Laura Bush. In a White House roast, she likened herself to a character from Desperate Housewives. “I am married to the president of […]

February 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Overcoming Mom Guilt: Why I Un-Quit

Overcoming Mom Guilt: Why I Un-Quit

When fellow mothers of young children found out that I was a writer, some smugly said that sure, they’d like to write too, but couldn’t possibly take the time from their children. No, those mothers would write when their children were grown. Cue mom guilt. I had several little ones, a demanding church assignment, a […]

February 16, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
The Year I Gave Up Submitting to Literary Magazines

The Year I Gave Up Submitting to Literary Magazines

At the end of every calendar year, I review my writing life to assess what I’ve accomplished and to see where my creative path is leading me. What’s working and what isn’t? What patterns are there, and what are they telling me? As 2015 drew to a close, I reviewed my submissions log and noted […]

February 15, 2017 | By | 7 Replies More
Q&A with Literary Agent Christopher Rhodes of The Stuart Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Christopher Rhodes of The Stuart Agency

Prior to joining The Stuart Agency, Christopher Rhodes was an agent at The James Fitzgerald Agency. Previous to that, he worked at The Carol Mann Agency and in the sales and marketing departments at Simon and Schuster. Specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction, Christopher is actively seeking queries in the following areas: literary fiction and […]

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Writing About Female Friendships In Novels

Writing About Female Friendships In Novels

My phone vibrates and dings, the sound so frequent that it’s almost playing a tune. The rhythm is unsteady, yet familiar. A ding here, a ding there. Two dings back to back, and then one a few seconds later. I know exactly what I’ll see when I pick up my phone: messages filled with party […]

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Finding the Pearl: Why I wrote Ghost Variations

Finding the Pearl: Why I wrote Ghost Variations

Why do you start to write a book? Perhaps more than that, why do you finish it? There are enough books in the world already: why do you need to add yours? The reason I started Ghost Variations is not the same reason I finished it. I can’t count the number of times I nearly […]

February 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dodging Bullets

Dodging Bullets

When we wake up each morning, we never know what to expect. A bus might run us down. A drive-by shooter might gun us down. A mugger might knock us down. A terrorist or lone madman might blow us up. A heart attack might finish us off. And so on. None of us knows what […]

February 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Book Is Born

A Book Is Born

Shortly after retiring, I decided that my children and grandchildren should know a bit more about my life, just in case they ever wondered how I came to make some of the choices that had affected it. I began by writing the love story I was still living with the man who had become my […]

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