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Solitude

As extroverted as I am, I can only write creatively when I’m sitting alone in a quiet room. Sometimes I play music in the background, but instrumental only. Sometimes I work from coffee shops, but there are too many distractions for the creative work. Now that school has started, I once again have blocks of uninterrupted time when I can focus on my stories. By the time May rolls around, I’ll be craving a break from the routine, but for now it’s pure heaven.

How about you? Are you able to write creatively in coffee shops? Or do you, like me, require solitude?

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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