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On Writing: Barbara Sissel

On Writing: Barbara Sissel

My children were born in a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, but their first home was a state-issued, singlewide trailer on prison grounds some 70 miles east of Lexington in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. I was expecting my first son when I moved there with my then husband who had been promoted from prison […]

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Forty-Two Year Old Women Don’t Have Adventures

Forty-Two Year Old Women Don’t Have Adventures

Forty-two year old women don’t have adventures. She’d just be more appealing if she were thinner, taller and younger. We’ll buy it if you made her 25 and sexier. Female protagonists should NOT be flawed.. Why does she eat so much? And that wine—seriously? Can’t you… No I can’t and no I didn’t. Those were […]

September 18, 2017 | By | 5 Replies More
Life In Words — My Writing Journey

Life In Words — My Writing Journey

  As a young Scots lass whose family led a somewhat peripatetic existence, moving around the world, reading and writing were a constant that I treasured and often turned to. I was initially inspired by the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’d draw lines on plain paper and write adventure stories, then bind the pages […]

September 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Kathleen Barber

Q&A with Kathleen Barber

Kathleen Barber was raised in Galesburg, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University School of Law, and previously practiced bankruptcy law at large firms in Chicago and New York. A registered yoga teacher and incurable wanderer, when Kathleen isn’t writing, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband. Her debut thriller […]

September 14, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Possibilities are Limitless

The Possibilities are Limitless

Being an author to me is more than just getting published and hitting the bestseller list. For me, it is about reaching people through my stories, either fiction or non-fiction; knowing that somewhere, someone is touched by my words as they come to life and spark another’s imagination. The struggle for many authors to make […]

September 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
From Playwright To Memoir

From Playwright To Memoir

I live in Bethnal Green in London, England. When I was born it was a place nobody went to, except the locals who lived there. Even the police gave it a wide berth and we pretty much managed on our own without them. The occasional murder elicited their attention, but that was all. I didn’t […]

September 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
What Makes a Beautiful Sentence?

What Makes a Beautiful Sentence?

What is it that makes a sentence beautiful? Why does a phrase stay with us, make us pause, make us smile, make us feel? As writers, we’re in the business of words. According to our unique voices, we choose the exact right words in the exact right order. We evaluate, test, and try out words […]

September 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing Poetry for Beginners

Writing Poetry for Beginners

Adapted from Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan  for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life  by Diana Raab Why Write Poetry? Poetry is the voice of the soul. Poets help us see a slice of the world in a way that we might not have observed it before. They highlight details to cast a […]

September 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seduced by Landscape

Seduced by Landscape

A sense of place. What first truly evoked this for me was the nineteenth-century English countryside of Jane Eyre, with its heather knolls and stone halls set against wild, thorny wood. Then came Wuthering Heights, and its ominous, misty moors. These dreamy, gothic landscapes not only stirred my imagination, but fueled my desire to write […]

August 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Pros and Cons of Cross Genre Fiction

The Pros and Cons of Cross Genre Fiction

My author website makes a bold statement: “Isabella May is impossible to pigeonhole: From food to drink, magic to travel, and satire to jump-off-the-page characters, her books contain a little bit of EVERYTHING!” Alas it is true… I am the dreaded cross-genre author. Always have been, probably always will be. With one novel, ‘Oh! What […]

August 28, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More