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Where Characters Live

Where Characters Live

Like most authors, I use pictures as inspiration when I’m working on a story. I create a Pinterest board for each work in progress that helps ground me in the details of the story: setting for different scenes, objects that have significance to the characters, animals, etc. The one thing I stay away from though: […]

March 18, 2018 | By | 8 Replies More
I Tanked When Producing My Memoir into an Audiobook. Here’s What I Learned

I Tanked When Producing My Memoir into an Audiobook. Here’s What I Learned

Last spring, months after my debut memoir Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters was published, I was determined to contract with a narrator and production studio to record it as an audiobook.  Couldn’t you record it yourself, you ask?  Absolutely. If I had the right voice training, a personal studio for recording, and skills to edit audio recordings, it’d […]

March 17, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
My Road to Publication

My Road to Publication

I’ve always wanted to write, and even as a child I loved making up stories, and telling them to my younger sister. She would often ask if I could tell her one at night, to help her get off to sleep. Unfortunately, although, according to my English teacher, I had a good imagination, I was […]

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Writing As A Field Biologist

Writing As A Field Biologist

Biological field work and writing are two professions at odds with one another.  The former has long, hard hours of physical labor and does not generally pay well enough to offer time and space for the latter. For the good part of a decade I tried to make it work with my two loves. I […]

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The Artistic Coma and The Arrogant Intellect

The Artistic Coma and The Arrogant Intellect

I’m a writer and a reader. I love all kinds of books. But I’m instinctively repelled by arm-achingly thick, academic-looking tomes that claim to be about the craft of writing. Those ones that include pie charts and Venn diagrams. I prefer to read words about words, am an admirer of the slender and concise, and […]

March 12, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Historical Fiction Gives The Past A Voice

Historical Fiction Gives The Past A Voice

  I’ve long been a historical fiction junkie; it’s my favorite genre to read as well as my favorite in which to write. For me, fiction that that transports me backward in time lets me see in a very unique way not only where we have been but what it timelessly true about us. The […]

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Recharging Your Creativity Between Books

Recharging Your Creativity Between Books

Finishing a manuscript is never quite how I expect it to be. Elation wars with exhaustion; I always think I’ll want to shout to the world that I finished my book (for now at least, knowing inevitable revisions are coming) but I usually end up just going to sleep. During the final push of getting […]

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No, I Haven’t Quit My Day Job

No, I Haven’t Quit My Day Job

Now that I’ve been published for almost a year, a question I’m hearing more and more is, “Have you quit your day job yet?” When I finish wiping the tears of laughter from my eyes, I always explain that, no, I’m still working. The next question, of course is, “Wow! How do you do it?” […]

March 6, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
Writers: Empower Yourself With Self-Care

Writers: Empower Yourself With Self-Care

It’s Women’s History Month. Social media is ablaze with quotes and pictures of women’s empowerment. It’s that time of the year when we start to look at impossible as the “new” possible. We remind each other that we aren’t alone. And that a supportive community exists—online and offline—that holds us in our weaknesses and strengths […]

March 5, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
When Art Meets Politics: Is it Still Quality Fiction?

When Art Meets Politics: Is it Still Quality Fiction?

Whence arises the question above? If you have spent time in mainstream literature classes, alas, you will know. While the bias against mixing art (or what elite folk think of as “real art”) with the political has greatly diminished over the past fifty years, especially in the world of activism, it has not disappeared. Again […]

March 4, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More