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Imagination

The words imagination and creativity are frequently used interchangeably. We think that some people have got it and some people don’t.

J.K. Rowling definitely has it, but so do you. So do I. Everyone is creative.

Imagination is one of our mental faculties (I’ll talk about the other five in the next few posts). However, most people haven’t developed their creativity.

We use our imagination to create our novels, but did you know that we also use it to create an image of how we want our lives to be? We can imagine ourselves as successful authors. We can build the picture of success in our minds and begin to work towards it.

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,

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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.

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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

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