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Facing My Own Character: When a Fiction Writer Turns to Memoir

Facing My Own Character: When a Fiction Writer Turns to Memoir

A week after my family and I fled Bali and flew back to the states, I met my literary agent for lunch at Todd English’s Olives restaurant. Over fig and prosciutto flatbread, we talked about my future. I asked him if he thought I should continue writing my new novel about a character who can’t […]

December 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

I’ve spent the majority of my life wondering what I’d be when I finally grew up. As a kid I thought I wanted to be a paleontologist, digging up fossils and bones, solving mysteries about the world I lived in. Then my mom informed me I’d have to go weeks without a proper bath during […]

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Taming The Novella

Taming The Novella

I write long-form fiction, around 100,000 words, and I’ve published six of these full-length novels in the form of two trilogies. In my hand, the books are chunky and pleasingly real. I’m in my stride, in the zone where I can be as complex as I like. Each of my characters goes on a journey […]

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How to Create Accurate Historical Heroines in Fiction

How to Create Accurate Historical Heroines in Fiction

One of the best attributes of the romance community is the agency and power it represents for women. You’ll find it in the industry itself—dominated by women both as producers and consumers. You’ll find it in the stories—eloquently illustrated in the depiction of strong and independent fictional heroines. And you’ll find it in the daily […]

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Blogging A Path to Enlightenment

Blogging A Path to Enlightenment

My debut novel is set to release on February 1st, 2018. I’ve worked hard to get here. Now, all I have to do is find a way to spread the word. Easy, right? Well… According to Steven Piersanti, President, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, “… the number of new books published each year in the U.S. has exploded […]

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How My Anxiety Inspired My Books

How My Anxiety Inspired My Books

I awoke in the middle of a fish bowl. Well, it wasn’t really a fish bowl, but it checked all the same boxes: I was on display, people were staring, I felt alone, afloat. In reality, I was lying on the cold, polished floor of Toronto’s busiest department store. Along with the designer fragrances, expensive […]

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What Reading Teaches Me About Writing

What Reading Teaches Me About Writing

The “writing process” is a varied journey for every writer. Some outline meticulously, journal, or even ask the Five W’s (and one H) before they start. I am a minimal outliner, journaling has never really been something I stuck to with any consistency and the five W’s was something I did only when working for […]

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The Memoir Craze: Thinking of Jumping in?

The Memoir Craze: Thinking of Jumping in?

Memoirs are the current rage. If you have noticed, maybe you are wondering if you should jump in and write one yourself. You aren’t alone. At this writing, over 150,000 titles on Amazon are memoir. Mind boggling. Maybe it’s because more people are now interested in reading memoir, prompting writers to cash in. Or maybe […]

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Why I Write, Katie Kennedy

Why I Write, Katie Kennedy

I write because I want to make things better, and stories teach us what to do when you discover the ring is evil, or just where papa’s going with that axe. I loved hearing my dad tell of driving down to Mississippi to register black voters in the Freedom Summer of 1964. He and a […]

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From Multiple Rejections to #1 BestSeller

From Multiple Rejections to #1 BestSeller

Typically, the word rejection carries a negative connotation. It might conjure feelings of inadequacy and subsequent withdrawal for some, or strengthen in others the will to overcome whatever the obstacle or hurdle to stand in the way of achieving a perceived goal. Most authors encounter rejection in some way, shape or form in their pursuit […]

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