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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
If Not Now, Then When? If Not You, Then Who?

If Not Now, Then When? If Not You, Then Who?

Let’s face it. No matter which stage of life we’re at, there never seems a good time to do that one thing that we know we want to do: the right time to have children, change jobs, go back to school, or…write that novel we’ve been wanting to write for the last twenty-three years. Why […]

February 20, 2017 | By | Reply 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 | 2 Replies More
Why Book Clubs are the New Book Tour

Why Book Clubs are the New Book Tour

When I announced the release date of my debut novel, The House of Bradbury, the first question people asked was, “When’s the big book tour?” After rattling off a couple of venues in the works, I was greeted with wide eyes and enthusiastic nods. I could tell my reality was suddenly being compared to every […]

February 17, 2017 | By | 6 Replies 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 Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: Being an Author on Social Media

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: Being an Author on Social Media

I’m not sure if it’s because I have a background in marketing or because social media can be hugely addictive, but I enjoy the social media side of being an author. Yes, it does take time that could be spent on writing, but the rewards are more than worth the investment of time. To explain […]

February 14, 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
Creating Colour In Words

Creating Colour In Words

As a reader, I love to be transported into a world of imagination and my favourite modes of transportation are metaphors, similes and idioms. As a writer, these are also my favourite moments of creativity. I would much rather read about ‘the bruised sky’ than ‘the purple-grey sky’. Of course, the sky is not literally […]

February 11, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Common Writing Mistakes: A Beginner’s Course

Common Writing Mistakes: A Beginner’s Course

Just starting out writing? Want to make sure your work shines enough to grow a career? Here are some tips. To Market to Market, and Why You Should Not Write For It I know, I know. You go to a bookstore or read the bestseller lists and it seems like every novel has the word […]

February 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
How Objects Inspire Fiction

How Objects Inspire Fiction

Just about anything can serve as inspiration for a work of fiction. Often, it’s a person, someone we knew, cared for, or had trouble with when we were younger. It can be a place, somewhere we hold dear, or couldn’t wait to escape. In my own work, a single scene has many times been the […]

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