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How Ancestral Research Can Lead to Memoir

How Ancestral Research Can Lead to Memoir

In November, 2011, ten years and one month after the death of my mother, Nannie B Chandler Nelson at age ninety-six, I found myself eager to explore my ancestral roots through her blood line.  The challenge was more significant than me, I believe, than for a person who has visited with, and heard tales of […]

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Get A Real Job!

Get A Real Job!

Imagine asking a best-selling author for advice on your writing career and being told to get a real job first? Well, that’s essentially what happened on Twitter last week when Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, started a bit of a controversy with this tweet: ‘English Major = Want Fries With That? Pick something […]

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Transitioning From Freelance to Full-Time Writer

Transitioning From Freelance to Full-Time Writer

How I Found Freelance Writing Jobs  In fall 2015, I started researching how to build a freelance writing business to make money. I signed up on Upwork.com and was able to search for assignments. I also began researching start-ups in my home city, Chicago. Blogs are all the rage for companies these days. They drive […]

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From Private Investigator to Author

From Private Investigator to Author

I knew I wanted to be a singer at age nine, and so I practiced singing every day. At age 13, I learned to play guitar and began writing songs. My mission: write a song of love, peace, hope that would heal the world. A grand dream that led me on a journey of frustration […]

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Novelist Or Poet?

Novelist Or Poet?

When I was thirteen years old, I announced that I was going to be a poet when I grew up. I had already been writing poetry for years – since the age of 10 – and both my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Alexander, and my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Melchior, had encouraged me. Mrs. Melchior, […]

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Dialogue: Say, Say, Say What You Want, Although …

Dialogue: Say, Say, Say What You Want, Although …

Most writers would agree they love interacting with other writers. After all, who understands the trials, tribulations, crippling self-doubt and (at times elusive) euphoria better than a fellow author? But ask us scribblers how we feel about writing dialogue and it seems the group is split clean down the middle. Half of us love to […]

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On Finishing What We Start, and Other Writerly Myths

On Finishing What We Start, and Other Writerly Myths

I often joke with friends that if you don’t finish what you start, you’ll end up with a trail of half-eaten sandwiches around the house. I don’t remember where I first heard this analogy for unfinished work, but it’s such a vivid image that it’s stuck with me all these years. Can you imagine how […]

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Blogging On And On…

Blogging On And On…

I have to thank Clare Mackintosh. Not only for her brilliant books (I Let You Go and I See You) but for a class she did last January in conjunction with Writers & Artists. Her talk was about social media and building an author platform. At that stage, I had written one book and was […]

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Live Intentionally to Write Purposefully

Live Intentionally to Write Purposefully

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “What is your writing process?” closely followed by, “How do you make time for your writing?” Although I’m prepared for these questions, I dread them. Not because they’re bad questions; rather, it’s because my response is often a long-winded diatribe to cover up the real […]

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The Challenges and Joys of Writing Historical Fiction for Teenagers

The Challenges and Joys of Writing Historical Fiction for Teenagers

  Flying through Clouds is my new historical novel for young adults, and follows on from my first novel, Racing the Moon, which was published in Australia in 2014. Although both novels share the same main character and are set mostly in Sydney in the 1930s, the stories are quite different, and so were my […]

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