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How My Probation Career Influenced My Writing

How My Probation Career Influenced My Writing

It’s always hard to know, isn’t it, which came first? The chicken or the egg. And that’s how I feel about my life as a crime writer, and my previous one as a probation officer. Let’s say my probation career was the chicken. I went into the job in my early twenties, burning with a […]

August 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Writing Adventure Stories For Children

Writing Adventure Stories For Children

Writing for children, it has been said, is just like writing for adults, only much harder. So why would anyone attempt to write a novel for 8 – 12 year olds? I started by mistake. I’d loved the stories my Dad had told me, and being Irish, he spun some really good yarns. He had […]

August 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
How Writing a Book Taught Me the Pleasures of Cooking

How Writing a Book Taught Me the Pleasures of Cooking

For the first 27 years of my life I didn’t cook much. Once I got married, Søren, my husband, did most of the cooking at home. I could follow a recipe if I needed to, but I couldn’t just look in the fridge as my husband could and put a meal together. I was never […]

August 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Finding Myself At A Writing Residency

Finding Myself At A Writing Residency

 It’s a warm day in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard where I am attending a two-week writing residency at Noepe Literary Arts Center. It’s an intelligent and generous group of writers and visual artists, and I am grateful to be around them in this creative space sharing disappointments and contentment. We share a bond that most people […]

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Falling in Love with the Enemy

Falling in Love with the Enemy

After the end of the Second World War, my aunt married a German whom she had met before the war began. They were deeply in love but, for obvious reasons, the marriage sent shock waves through my family and no doubt through his. It must have taken all their determination and courage to weather the […]

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Writing From The Heart, Not For The Market

Writing From The Heart, Not For The Market

When I was in my early twenties, I started writing vignettes and short stories as a creative conduit for emotion, situations and affairs of the heart that I could not understand as I lived them in the moment.  Writing them down helped me reflect on what I saw and allowed me to distance myself from […]

August 7, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
The Goodbye Year:  A Conversation with Kaira Rouda

The Goodbye Year: A Conversation with Kaira Rouda

It’s only fitting that Kaira Rouda’s latest novel, The Goodbye Year,  (http://www.kairarouda.com/) takes place on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.  All of the characters in the novel stand on an edge—the divide between who they were and what they can become as they face graduation, divorce, and even the prospects of staying together.  As […]

August 1, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
This Much I Know Is True (About Writing Fiction. And Me.)

This Much I Know Is True (About Writing Fiction. And Me.)

I didn’t always know these things. I discovered them like fossils. Some are elements of craft: I now know that every protagonist needs a secret that will eventually be discovered or confessed. That secret should evoke deep feelings in her, such as shame, guilt, and the like. Some are about publishing: I now know what […]

July 30, 2016 | By | 15 Replies More
Finding Where You Fit In The Writing World

Finding Where You Fit In The Writing World

I’m still waiting for A Great Voice to come from Above and say “You are official now. You can call yourself a writer.” In spite of 36 years worth of writing and publishing I cringe when somebody introduces me as a writer. But being someone who writes is no different than being someone who canoes. […]

July 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Q&A with  Nancy Cleary, Founder, Designer, Chief Hand-Holder and Cheerleader  at Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing

Q&A with Nancy Cleary, Founder, Designer, Chief Hand-Holder and Cheerleader at Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing

Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing is an award-winning independent press nestled on the Oregon coast in a tiny town called Deadwood. Nancy Cleary has spent over twenty-five years as a professional graphic designer and author branding expert. Wyatt-MacKenzie has published hundreds of products over the last 18 years with a special focus on mom writers. They traditionally publish […]

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