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Why Add The Bad Stuff?

Why Add The Bad Stuff?

My second published novel, Here Casts No Shadow, explores a number of quite dark themes – war, death, revenge, mental illness and forced displacement. People sometimes ask me – why, when there’s so much sadness in the world, do you have to add to all the bad stuff? We have enough awful news thrown at […]

April 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Gift of Writing Regularly

The Gift of Writing Regularly

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the process of writing. Thinking is great. Doing is better. To encourage you to keep writing, I’d like to share a few excerpts from an interview Carol Smallwood did with me about my new book, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62. The title says it all, […]

April 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
Waiting: A Helpful Guide In Disguise

Waiting: A Helpful Guide In Disguise

Alice Tallmadge’s memoir Now I Can See the Moon—A Story of a Social Panic, False Memories and a Life Cut Short, focuses on the disturbing social panic over child sexual abuse that roiled communities across the U.S. (and some in Canada and Great Britain) during the 1980s and into the 1990s.  A few years ago, I […]

April 24, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Why Write?

Why Write?

Like J K Rowling, the big impetus to me getting my first book written – and then published – was poverty. No money, no job on the horizon and a mountain of bills. To put it poetically – or as a story teller would – it was like being a donkey beaten with a big […]

April 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Historical Fiction Is A Piece Of Cake

Historical Fiction Is A Piece Of Cake

Historical fiction sounds relatively easy, right? You take an event from history, do a little research to get the appropriate costumes and setting, then add dialogue. Voila! You’ve got historical fiction. Not so fast. I recently wrote a book of historical fiction and I can say honestly that not a single step was easy. My […]

April 21, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
My Twisty Turny Road to Publication – Susan Crawford

My Twisty Turny Road to Publication – Susan Crawford

I have always written. When I was a child, I had diaries jam-packed with angst and secrets, and, later, notebooks filled with fairly random thoughts, short-story parts, poetry. Writing was my escape as was reading. It was my therapy, my emotional purging, my joy. When my family exasperated me, an unhappily common occurrence, I would […]

April 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Five Lessons on Writing and Motherhood

Five Lessons on Writing and Motherhood

When people see me with three young children, they assume I’m a full-time housewife. On the other hand, writer friends are often surprised when I tell them I have three kids. On March 6th, 2018, my debut novel, RAINBIRDS, came out. I first wrote it for NaNoWriMo in 2013. At that time, I already had […]

April 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PLOT OR CHARACTER HITS TOO CLOSE TO HOME?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PLOT OR CHARACTER HITS TOO CLOSE TO HOME?

My father and I have had a tenuous relationship at times so when my first novel captured the painful feelings of my protagonist losing her father at the age of four, my own father immediately went on a tirade: “You killed me off on page 3?” And when my ex-boyfriend from high school’s mother cornered […]

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Hold the Lecture and Keep Book Pages Turning

Hold the Lecture and Keep Book Pages Turning

There are few things worse than being lectured by a novelist when you want to be entertained. That’s not to say entertaining fiction can only be happy and inconsequential. Both of my historical novels address weighty events in U.S. history – slavery and environmental ruin, discrimination and economic disaster. When weaving a tale with subject […]

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Music, Writing, And Novel Soundtracks

Music, Writing, And Novel Soundtracks

The most frequent question that people ask me when I tell them I’m a writer is, ‘Where do you get your inspiration from?’ It’s a valid query, given that writing a novel requires discipline and imagination. To be honest, inspiration can come from anywhere and at any time, and, being a writer, nothing is wasted. […]

April 15, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More