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The Unexpected Twist, and Other Delights, of Writing Mystery

The Unexpected Twist, and Other Delights, of Writing Mystery

Writing mystery, I find, is nearly as suspenseful as reading it, though I obviously know who the killer is way before the reader.  Some mystery authors, however, have confessed to being as surprised by who comes forward as the killer as the reader eventually is! Personally, I can’t abide that level of anguish, so I plot […]

April 5, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The First Page: Inspiration and Perspiration

The First Page: Inspiration and Perspiration

When I decided to write a novel, I hadn’t written so much as a short story since high school. I took no English classes in college, and I’d never taken a single writing class. But I loved reading, and I’d read thousands of books in my 44 years. I’d also been a lawyer, so I […]

April 4, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Rejection vs. Failure

Rejection vs. Failure

“You do your best work after your biggest disasters.” Tim Robbins, as quoted in The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp Finding neither a publisher, nor an agent, for my memoir after three years of looking does not constitute my life’s biggest disaster, but in terms of my writing it did. There’s no creative project into which I […]

April 4, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Get the Imp off my Shoulder

Get the Imp off my Shoulder

I’ve been having a hard time keeping pre-launch publicity efforts from totally derailing my creative spirit. These days I have two little imps, one on each shoulder, each spurring me in different directions.  One wants me to write content pieces, blog, update social media and my mailing lists, and the other screaming at me that […]

March 31, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
A Writer’s Life: Turn Your Dream Novel into Reality

A Writer’s Life: Turn Your Dream Novel into Reality

It’s a seamless transition, the process of a dream becoming reality, just as metamorphosis is to a butterfly. Somewhere, along the six-year journey of completing my first novel, I realized that I no longer dreamt of the idealistic notion of being a writer. I was one. Ten years ago, I had lost my mother to […]

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Writing – and Parenting – In the Dark

Writing – and Parenting – In the Dark

I didn’t start writing seriously until 2013. Not because I was trying to develop my craft, or because I wanted to collect more life experiences, but because that was the year my youngest turned four, and up until then I hadn’t strung together three consecutive hours of sleep since 2005. As a single mother of […]

March 29, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Finding Your Purpose As A Writer

Finding Your Purpose As A Writer

The books of my youth erased me. Growing up, I read Nancy Drew mysteries long past my bedtime. I owned all the hardcover, yellow-spine books about the exploits of the young detective. I idolized my namesake driving her blue convertible through the idyllic town of River Heights with her red hair blowing in the breeze. […]

March 20, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More
Surviving the Dank and Lonely Editing Cave

Surviving the Dank and Lonely Editing Cave

As I write in this terribly uncomfortable chair, I’ve just finished over five months of straight editing. Five. Straight. Months. All writers know the woes of editing: The empty loneliness that sometimes accompanies us in our dark, dank, and dusty writing caves. The desire to slam your face into your keyboard because hey, maybe that […]

March 20, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
The Distracted Writer

The Distracted Writer

It is always my intention to turn off wi-fi when I write. It has yet to happen. What if I need to look something up? After all, I write historical fiction and there is always a fact to check, a photo to look at, a map to consider. I often wonder how people wrote before […]

March 20, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
It’s Not Rejection; It’s Feedback.

It’s Not Rejection; It’s Feedback.

I imagine the easygoing among us don’t remember their first time receiving constructive criticism; teflon, some people, or indifferent. Not me. In primary school the report card system was E for excellent, S for satisfactory, and U for unsatisfactory. I swam in a pool of excellence until the day I received an S in handwriting. By the […]

March 18, 2017 | By | 6 Replies More