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Writers Who Inspire

Writers Who Inspire

Lately I have been reading Roald Dahl to my six-year-old son. Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Twits, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory—they are all as good as I remember. And every time we finish another Roald Dahl classic, I find myself wondering … is it too early for The Witches? I was in Grade 3 when […]

April 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Finding the Courage to Write About My Abusive Marriages

Finding the Courage to Write About My Abusive Marriages

When people think of courage, mountain peaks and raging rivers usually come to mind. But memoir writing can be one of the most courageous acts anyone ever does. I began to write my memoir after years of keeping silent about the abuse in my two marriages – except for writing in my journals. Compulsive journal […]

April 24, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Using A Real Life Legal Case As Inspiration For A Novel

Using A Real Life Legal Case As Inspiration For A Novel

As an attorney, I encountered many real life events that were both dramatic and suspenseful. Writing legal thrillers was a good fit for me because of those experiences, but let’s face it, most days practicing law is pretty dull. Contracts, client meetings, and talking on the phone is not something that readers want to find […]

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The Chameleon: How Writing Changed Me

The Chameleon: How Writing Changed Me

I was forty-three years old when I wrote my first novel. It was a game-changer, no question. Not for monetary reasons. Not for “fame.” But for allowing me an outlet where I could finally be me. I’ve led a chameleon’s life, an expert at blending in as circumstances dictate. I graduated from the United States […]

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Shakespeare’s Sisters—The Bard’s most accomplished female literary contemporaries

Shakespeare’s Sisters—The Bard’s most accomplished female literary contemporaries

April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with worldwide celebrations to mark his legacy. But what about the women? In her iconic essay A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf imagines the life of Shakespeare’s brilliant sister Judith, barred from the grammar school because of her sex and forced to hide her […]

April 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Writing It Forward

Writing It Forward

I remember standing on the corner of a dirt road as a child of eight or nine. I was shielding my eyes from the blistering sun of a South Carolina summer and bouncing on my toes as I strained to hear the engine of the approaching book mobile.  Likely I would have been clutching a […]

April 15, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
How I Came To Write The Bones Of You

How I Came To Write The Bones Of You

During the summer of 2013, as far as writing was concerned, I reached a crossroads.  I’d written and submitted to agents three commercial women’s fiction titles, the last of which was Wildflowers.  I’d had enough positive feedback from some of the agents to keep me writing and Wildflowers had caught the attention of six, all […]

April 13, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
How Outside Influences Affect My Writing

How Outside Influences Affect My Writing

Okay, this post is gonna make some people feel queasy.  It’s gonna make you angry.  It’s gonna make you doubt my sanity. Writers and would-be writers, for instance – the  write-what-you-know, follow-your-passion, what-does-your-gut-tell-you people out there, especially the unpublished ones, I’m going to make you absolutely nuts right now, and I apologize.   Readers?  Publishing pros? […]

April 10, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
From Screenwriter to Novelist

From Screenwriter to Novelist

I first wanted to become a novelist because I wanted to find out how it was done. I remember as a teenager being gobsmacked when I read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last novel, Tender Is The Night, in an edition that explained how two different versions had been published, the second re-arranging the chronology of the […]

April 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Writing The Book That Accompanies a Television Show,  or What It’s Like to Be the Toy in the Happy Meal

Writing The Book That Accompanies a Television Show, or What It’s Like to Be the Toy in the Happy Meal

There are two questions I can count on being asked after someone sees my writing resume: “Did you get to interview Matt Damon?” and “What’s it like to write a book that’s tied to a television show?” The answer to the first question is simple–no. (Though if you catch me on a good day, I […]

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