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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 | 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
On Genre Hopping

On Genre Hopping

In a recent fellowship application, I described myself as a “multidisciplinary” writer. (I feel like could devise a better term, but until then, this one is as good as any.) Here’s a rough synopsis of what I do: I’ve been writing plays for fifteen years now, currently I have a musical in the works; I […]

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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 […]

April 17, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
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
What I’ve Learned Since Getting a Publishing Contract

What I’ve Learned Since Getting a Publishing Contract

  There are many things I didn’t know before I had a publishing contract. Like publicity is largely self-generated, that social media would rise as it has, I didn’t anticipate how the second book would be so much easier and enjoyable and… I didn’t know they would be so little time to write. I imagined a publishing contract […]

April 14, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
The Great Eight – Writing Tips

The Great Eight – Writing Tips

As Somerset Maugham said, ‘There are three rules for the writing of a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.’ While we’re waiting for someone to discover those golden rules, here are eight tips I’ve learned while sweating over my writing for the past ten years. 1. READ – Keep a note of the […]

April 12, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
How Mindfulness Can Help You Enjoy Your Book Release Day

How Mindfulness Can Help You Enjoy Your Book Release Day

It’s 5 am on Saturday, April 7. My head is ready to explode. I am supposed to speak at a wellness conference in Pennsylvania in a few hours and on Tuesday, April 10, my debut U.S. novel, “Louisiana Catch,” comes out. That very evening, I am doing an intimate wine and reading celebration with a fellow author at Bluestockings bookstore […]

April 8, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
Location! Location! Location!

Location! Location! Location!

This may sound like an intro for a real estate ad, but not this time. Rather it’s an intro to considering the importance of location in stories. The sense of ‘place’ is often vital to the heart of a novel and, speaking from a personal perspective, it’s absolutely essential to the stories I want to […]

April 7, 2018 | By | 29 Replies More