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The Memoir Craze: Thinking of Jumping in?

The Memoir Craze: Thinking of Jumping in?

Memoirs are the current rage. If you have noticed, maybe you are wondering if you should jump in and write one yourself. You aren’t alone. At this writing, over 150,000 titles on Amazon are memoir. Mind boggling. Maybe it’s because more people are now interested in reading memoir, prompting writers to cash in. Or maybe […]

December 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
From Multiple Rejections to #1 BestSeller

From Multiple Rejections to #1 BestSeller

Typically, the word rejection carries a negative connotation. It might conjure feelings of inadequacy and subsequent withdrawal for some, or strengthen in others the will to overcome whatever the obstacle or hurdle to stand in the way of achieving a perceived goal. Most authors encounter rejection in some way, shape or form in their pursuit […]

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shades of Brave In Memoir

Shades of Brave In Memoir

If you write memoir or personal essay you’ve no doubt heard this: You’re so brave. As if memoir is about confessing to having had certain feelings or experiences. When I first began publishing personal essays, I understood the comment but was perplexed by it because it seemed so far from my intentions. I didn’t feel […]

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Playlists: Music as a Portal to the Past

Playlists: Music as a Portal to the Past

Ever hear your high school prom song and land square on your butt in the middle of the dance floor wearing that poufy confection with shoulder pads you thought looked awesome in the 80s? Or tear up when your wedding song plays on the oldies station at the hair salon? Or maybe reminisce about the […]

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing Biography: How Obstacles Made Me A Better Writer

Writing Biography: How Obstacles Made Me A Better Writer

Invariably, the first question I get asked at book signings is how did I learn about Louise Arner Boyd and why did I write about her? While it’s difficult to identify that exact moment when the spark was lit and I committed to writing her life story, it all began in the remote wilderness of […]

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How Life Gets In The Way Of Writing

How Life Gets In The Way Of Writing

THINGS happen in threes. Seriously. Scientific fact. One based on years of meticulous research and general observation by me. And my mother. And her mother before her. And, er, all my friends. Births, for example. You never hear of a single birth. Start any conversation about babies, and before the topic has been exhausted, you’ll […]

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Living With Your Characters

Living With Your Characters

I was lucky enough to meet the legendary Iris Murdoch, years ago. I was one away from her at a dinner table and when the man between us left for a moment, and being in the early stages of a first novel, I leaned over to ask if she could possibly give me any tiny […]

December 3, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Oversharing….Or Being Authentic

Oversharing….Or Being Authentic

My mother had a wise old saying… “Keep your own counsel.”  Some decades ago, personal information was kept private. We didn’t discuss politics, religion or how much money we made. That was distasteful. Today, encouraged by social media, we are more open and willing to share. For women who suffer from abuse, this can be […]

December 2, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
A Pantser’s Guide to Turning Rough to Ready in one Pass

A Pantser’s Guide to Turning Rough to Ready in one Pass

I have tried, Lord have I tried, to plan out a novel before tackling the actual writing, but after nine novels, I think it’s safe to say, I’m a die-hard pantser.  For those who don’t know, a pantser is an author who dives into drafting without a plan, flying by the seat of her pants. […]

November 27, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Combining First Person Narration with Viewpoint Characters: Why? How? Where?

Combining First Person Narration with Viewpoint Characters: Why? How? Where?

  While once upon a time the use of the first person narrator in fiction was seen as “barbaric”, that time is long past. It is now a popular narrator voice, and it fits well with the feminist opposition to so called “objective” knowledge—something embodied in omniscient third person narrator. Moreover, we are all keenly […]

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