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Do Other Memoir Writers Have This Experience?

Do Other Memoir Writers Have This Experience?

I’ll be briskly writing away at my desk, feeling like I’m in the zone, and the words are sliding out onto the page from that sweet spot inside. A scene from that time of my life will come to me. It’s a flash of memory that’s crystal clear. I see myself there, in that setting, […]

February 15, 2018 | By | 7 Replies More
Sexuality in Writing

Sexuality in Writing

If I recall how I first learned about sex, I would have to credit a variety of sources. For starters, it was my mother who taught me that sex led to pregnancy and periods were the start of the process. The period would happen soon, the pregnancy, God willing, not until I was married. Sex […]

February 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Needle and the Pen

The Needle and the Pen

When asked to write about how acupuncture affects my writing, I had to think long and hard on the matter. The two seem like strange bedfellows, and yet, the more I thought about it, the more I realized how they go hand in hand. Both are such a part of me, that they seep into […]

February 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
Goals, Dreams And Why You Should Be Writing Right Now

Goals, Dreams And Why You Should Be Writing Right Now

I have always been a planner. I love to do lists, goals, dreams, timelines – anything I can write into a cute notebook and tick off in green pen, I’m there. I planned my way into being an author. It had always been the end goal, and in every way, I prepared. I made lists […]

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
A Show of Hands—Who Here Is a Genre Jumper?

A Show of Hands—Who Here Is a Genre Jumper?

The film, Jumper (2008), is a movie obsession of mine and I’ve watched it countless times. The main character, played by Hayden Christensen, discovers he has the power to jump to any place in the world, simply by thinking about it. There’s a villain (Samuel L Jackson), more than one chase scene, and a romantic […]

February 11, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
Caution: May Cause Side Effects

Caution: May Cause Side Effects

I started down my writing path a few years ago with a story to tell and a love for the written word. The more I wrote, the better my writing became. The better my writing became, the more I wanted to write. The more I wrote. . . You get the idea. Writing had progressed […]

February 9, 2018 | By | 4 Replies More
Rebirth as Authors – Retirees Reinventing Themselves

Rebirth as Authors – Retirees Reinventing Themselves

As a debut novelist after retirement at the age of 55, I’ve been intrigued by the increasing number of retirees reinventing themselves as authors. Perhaps some of us have been scribblers all our lives but had to wait until the day job allowed writing to happen. Others wrote all along, some professionally, and just wanted […]

February 8, 2018 | By | 4 Replies More
Possessed By The Word

Possessed By The Word

If anyone tells you it’s easy to sit down and write a novel feel free to start laughing and call him or her a big fat liar. Inspiration might be easy, finding great story lines might be easy, thinking up fifteen ways to end each chapter might be easy, but writing the whole damn thing […]

February 7, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
An American Marriage: Interview with Tayari Jones

An American Marriage: Interview with Tayari Jones

Real. Real is the best word to describe Tayari Jones’ novel, An American Marriage, which was just named Oprah’s latest book club pick. Roy and Celestial know love, and they struggled to be love amidst the swirling chaos that unfolded on fateful even in their new marriage. This novel captivates readers with the depths Jones explores […]

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Writing Next Year in Havana

Writing Next Year in Havana

When I first came up with the idea for Next Year in Havana, a dual timeline novel set against the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution and the modern country that emerged in its wake, inspiration came from a family story of a night before my father and grandparents left Cuba in 1967. That evening, family […]

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