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Girls and Trains: How a Title can impact on Sales

Girls and Trains: How a Title can impact on Sales

When I wrote my second psychological thriller, it was originally called Dead in her Tracks. My agent at the time, decided it would benefit from a better title and we settled on Girl on a Train. Now, to many of you, that might sound familiar – or does it? At least a year after my […]

August 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
When to Keep Secrets and When to Tell Truths

When to Keep Secrets and When to Tell Truths

Good fiction starts with a good story. Good historical fiction adds a well researched and articulated sense of time and place. Good historical fiction based on a well-documented era in one’s own family provides an author the rare opportunity to bring a loved one’s legacy to the future. Writing my recently released novel, Even in […]

August 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
How To Write a Nonfiction Proposal

How To Write a Nonfiction Proposal

We’ve all been there – you’ve been secretly scribbling away, researching, collecting interesting sources or articles, and googling like mad. Finally, one day you think, “Could I take my secret project and turn it into a real book? Would anyone want to publish it, or even read it?” In my particular case, I had yet […]

August 19, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Top 10 Tips for Aspiring Authors

Top 10 Tips for Aspiring Authors

I don’t proclaim to be a best-selling author or a writing expert. I don’t have a hundred books or ten years of being published under my belt. I have only been published for eighteen months (though in that time I have had three short stories, five novellas and two full length novels released – so […]

August 15, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
How To Handle Rejection: Six Tips

How To Handle Rejection: Six Tips

The lives of creative people fascinate me. As far back as I can recall, I have devoured biographies and interviews with performing artists—singers, actors, dancers, even famous models. Often I read how some celebrated actress has faced repeated rejections, only to triumph finally with a huge hit—the breakthrough role that made her career. I learned […]

August 5, 2015 | By | 5 Replies More
What Bugs Me As A Reader

What Bugs Me As A Reader

I finished a novel last night and I hated it! It began well, great characters with potential. Then, halfway through, the main character is shot dead. The family moves away and the husband heads off somewhere foreign to start a new life, leaving his two little kids with an aunt who never featured before. The […]

July 23, 2015 | By | 9 Replies More
The Passion to Teach, the Courage to Write

The Passion to Teach, the Courage to Write

Hands trembling, she skulks up the center aisle as if she is walking the proverbial plank. After she shakily giggles and glances around the room, I offer her a reassuring smile. I know, however, I’m not what she fears. Even her staring peers aren’t her biggest enemy right now. She is battling a raging beast […]

July 8, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
How To Ignite Your Creativity, The Artist’s Way

How To Ignite Your Creativity, The Artist’s Way

Do you ever feel as if your creativity needs a boost? You may know Julia Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, is a multi-talented artist and bestselling author respected for her simple and structured approach to helping artists across disciplines discover and nurture their creativity. Ms. Cameron’s belief that each individual is innately creative […]

June 30, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Creative-Hyphenate?

Creative-Hyphenate?

‘What do you do?’ I used to say ‘I’m an author’. Now I’m not sure. The challenge for many free lancers in the creative arts is to describe their occupation. Usually they have several skills in their portfolio for artistic challenge, variety AND in order to pay the bills. Last week, a 4 year old […]

June 10, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
How to Avoid Writing Burnout

How to Avoid Writing Burnout

Writing is hard work. We all know that, right? We take an idea, move it along, push it this way, that way, leave it alone, return to it, and sometimes scratch altogether. Once we’ve got something substantial, we tear it all apart and put it back together again. We offer our pages to the world, […]

June 4, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More