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How Agents and Editors Influence My Writing

How Agents and Editors Influence My Writing

Writing your first novel is a wonderful experience – the words flow out because you’ve been itching to write them, you know what you want to say, pretty much how you’re going to say it and if you get stuck, you can spend months unpicking the plot holes and re-writing the passages that don’t work. […]

December 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Awakening the Muse Through Meditation

Awakening the Muse Through Meditation

Many of us know the nature of meditation is to sit and relax, focus on one’s breath, and clear the mind, but I’ve found meditation can do just the opposite for creativity. By that I don’t mean I meditate to stress out and create a web of random thoughts, but rather to open a calm […]

December 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Writing With The Seasons

Writing With The Seasons

As an author of six books (two memoirs, three novels and a children’s chapter book, all written and published in the last ten years) I found writing fun and enjoyable.  I never got my MFA or went to a writer’s critique group, but I always loved telling stories and it came easy to me until last […]

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How Book Reviewing Influences My Writing

How Book Reviewing Influences My Writing

Before I published my books, and before I understood the importance of book reviews for an author, I always tried to leave a few sentences on Amazon and Goodreads about my reading experience. I’m a great believer in leaving (and reading) reviews for restaurants, holiday resorts, hotels, and other products, so why should books be […]

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Letting The Story Open The Door

Letting The Story Open The Door

I love short stories. Reading them, writing them, choosing them for Literary Orphans, the online literary magazine I have the privilege to spend time with. In many ways, although I’ve written two novels and am half-way through a third, I feel that short stories will always be by home, and first love. The submitted pieces […]

December 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Sticking with It

Sticking with It

When my contemporary YA novel, Wesley James Ruined My Life, hits bookshelves next July I will be 42 years old. Forty-two is not old (at least, I like to think it’s not!), but it did take me a bit longer than some to land a book deal. There are examples of authors who hits it […]

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Why Would You Do That? Understanding Motivation

Why Would You Do That? Understanding Motivation

We ask a lot of our characters. We put them in situations where they must create magic, find love, battle terrorists, win back their crowns, navigate secret space portals, solve murders, and everything else we can imagine as writers. We also ask our readers to invest their time and money on the adventures of these […]

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Walk a Mile In Your Characters’ Shoes

Walk a Mile In Your Characters’ Shoes

“Write what you know.” Apparently, it was Mark Twain who gave this famous bit of advice, with which, to be honest, I don’t always agree. As a writer of historical fiction set hundreds and thousands of years past, it’s impossible to truly know what happened in those times. I don’t really know if all the […]

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Terrific Writing Books Written By Women

Terrific Writing Books Written By Women

One truism of the writing life is that for us to evolve, we really must have a “lifetime learner” mindset, because no matter what our skills, there’s always more to learn, and more ways to grow. The truly successful writers are those who never stop applying themselves, not when they hit the bestseller lists, or […]

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How To Hook Your Readers From The Start

How To Hook Your Readers From The Start

Leave it to the French. Earlier this year La Prixe de la Page 112, a French literary prize inspired by a quote from a Woody Allen film, announced their shortlist. The winner? The best page 112, chosen by jury, of that year’s new French releases, the contention being that by page 112 the editor and […]

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