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Perception

Perception determines how we see, or think about, a thing. Five pounds is neither light nor heavy until we compare it to something else.

Likewise, writing a novel is neither easy nor difficult until we compare it to something else. There was a time when writing a book seemed like a monumental task to me. Now, with three books in progress and an editing business in full swing, writing one book seems like a relatively light workload.

How does our perception of our writing goals influence our success? What would happen if we chose to see things differently?

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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