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Your First Book Is Being Launched! You Better Do This!

Your First Book Is Being Launched! You Better Do This!

After a long, tortuous, 520 days on submission, my debut novel, What The Valley Knows, will be published by Black Rose Writing in early 2018. It feels like I’ve won the lottery. This is it—my chance to break through, to turn my dreams into a reality—to be a working author. Please don’t let me mess […]

October 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing About Spirituality

Writing About Spirituality

When I started on a spiritual path almost thirty years ago, I voraciously read every account of spiritual awakening that I could find. Mind you, there wasn’t an Amazon.com, and I had to go to an actual bookstore to find books in this genre. Mostly I read books about the saints – but then Shirley […]

October 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing After 70

Writing After 70

One of the first questions I usually get at book signings or in front of groups is how I managed to write, publish and sell four novels in the five years after I turned seventy. The honest answer is I didn’t. I had drafts of Ratham Creek, Maternal Harbor, and Harbored Secrets on a shelf […]

October 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Own Your Truth

Own Your Truth

Hello, my name is Amy Impellizzeri, and I am addicted to … My newest novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT THEA, centers around a woman who ends up in rehab for social media addiction, and I confess that the idea for this novel came to me in jagged pieces over the last few years in which I […]

October 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nomadic Lifestyle And Writing

Nomadic Lifestyle And Writing

I’ve got the boxes broken down and stored in my garage. There’s a stack of plastic storage bins next to them. I ought to give them away. I’m determined not to need them again and the thought of dragging them out gives me hives, but I can’t quite let them go. I spent seven moves […]

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Exclamation Evolution

Exclamation Evolution

I love the exclamation mark. I’ve used it, and fairly regularly, for as long as I can remember. I like how it can signal glee, surprise, bemusement; how it can turn a blunt-sounding sentence (in a  text, say) into something softer, something more playful. And I confess I use it in part because I know […]

October 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Unexpected Pleasures Of Writing A Book

The Unexpected Pleasures Of Writing A Book

I am in the middle of my third novel. And frankly, I can’t think of the first pleasure of writing, let alone any unexpected ones. Because right now, I just want to run naked out into my field, amongst the cows, coyotes and raccoons, screaming “these characters are making me crazy! Aaaggghhhhh!!!” But alas, the […]

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sex In Women’s Fiction, Part 3: Advice From The Experts

Sex In Women’s Fiction, Part 3: Advice From The Experts

Part 3 of our Sex In Women’s Fiction Series, Read part 2 HERE It’s surprisingly easy to write bad sex. In fact, cringeworthy sex scenes are so ubiquitous that the UK magazine, Literary Review, hands out an annual award to distinguish the somewhat awful from the truly terrible. According to their website, the purpose of […]

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Five Ways to Increase Micro-Tension

Five Ways to Increase Micro-Tension

How do we keep readers invested in what will happen next? As writers, we want readers on the edge of their seat, even in scenes that don’t justify heart-pounding action. Micro-tension, a term I first encountered in Donald Maass’ The Fire in Fiction, offers a solution. Recently I’ve been working on micro-tension in my own […]

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zombies Ate My Cookbook: How The Undead Inspired Me to Write

Zombies Ate My Cookbook: How The Undead Inspired Me to Write

“You’re a food nerd and a zombie nerd. You should write a cookbook for the zombie apocalypse.” It was those words, from my dear friend Paul and the best idea man I know, that sparked the inspiration for my first book The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse. This was in 2008, and at […]

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