Close


Valerie's
Book Club

SUBSCRIBE TO VALERIE'S MAILING LIST TO JOIN HER BOOK CLUB AND

DOWNLOAD MASQUERADE PART ONE NOW

Burn the Ships

After crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, Tariq ibn Ziyad ordered his men to burn their ships. In doing so, they were forced to win the battle they were about to fight, or they’d perish. They won.

Today, writers dream of burning their ships by quitting the day job. It’s a romantic notion, but it usually isn’t an option because we have mortgages to pay and children to feed. We need that steady income.

Is it possible to burn our ships on a metaphorical level? Could we make a firm decision to earn a full-time living from our creative work and then set in motion a plan to make that goal a reality? What if we began by working four days a week (at “the real job”) instead of five?

That idea has merit but it also has a major flaw. It gives us an out and when the going gets tough, unless we’re really committed to our goal, we’ll take advantage of the loophole.

Burning the ships is not for the faint of heart. But then, neither is being a writer.

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

Read More »
Valerie Francis

A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

Read More »
Valerie Francis

The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

Read More »

Download
Masquerade