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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 | 6 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 […]

November 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
How a Writer Relaxes

How a Writer Relaxes

Let’s face it. As writers, we spend hours hunched over our computers pecking at keyboards like a woodpecker on steroids. Hitting that delete button or trying to figure out the commas takes effort—and puts a ton of pressure on us. So not too long ago, I knew it was time to splurge on something that […]

November 24, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Can We Have It All?

Can We Have It All?

As I sit down to write this blog, I ask myself the two questions I often have to answer. The first, do I want to do it? The second, do I have time? The response I generally come to is this… If I want to do it, I’ll have to make time! Like so many […]

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nevertheless, She Persisted

Nevertheless, She Persisted

My novel The Mermaids of Lake Michigan was published earlier this year, but I completed the first draft of it almost twenty years ago. When it was finished, I printed out sample chapters, typed up cover letters, and began querying literary agents via airmail. I still have some of their replies, typed up back then […]

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
My Writing Process (or Lack of One!)

My Writing Process (or Lack of One!)

I always feel a bit guilty when people ask me about my writing ‘process’. It’s the same when people ask me about Game of Thrones. Confession: I don’t really have one and I’ve never watched a single episode (sorry GOT fans!). Basically, I just sit down somewhere – anywhere – and write. I don’t even […]

November 20, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Writing and NIA

Writing and NIA

I had not consciously connected Nia—a holistic movement practice—with my work as a novelist until Women Writers asked me how Nia inspires my writing. Once I really started thinking about it, I realized that I can credit my Nia practice with helping me both develop and take great joy in my writing. First off, what […]

November 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
How Working with a Critique Group can Improve your Manuscripts

How Working with a Critique Group can Improve your Manuscripts

I wrote my first four novels without any outside input up to the point when I sent the second draft to a small group of pre-readers, made more changes and then on to my editor. Then I moved home from London to the English south coast and started work on novel number five, which became […]

November 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five Things you Should Never Say to Authors

Five Things you Should Never Say to Authors

Since my debut YA novel came out I’ve learned a lot about publishing, marketing, and the importance of writing the next book. Another thing I’ve learned is that as an author there are certain statements and questions I hate getting. In general, I think people mean well or they just aren’t thinking at all, but […]

November 16, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More