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Blog Hop: Writing Process—#thisishowwedo

My good friend and historical romance author, Kate Robbins tagged me in a blog hop last week. So now it’s my turn to answer a few questions – this time about my writing process. What am I working on? Funny you should ask … in fact, I just finished the […]

January 27, 2014

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When Feedback Becomes A Distraction

I spent most of last fall getting feedback on my book from an agent, a grant jury and other authors.  The problem with asking for those opinions is that I got them.  So, what I thought would be helpful feedback on how to improve my story ended up being white […]

January 17, 2013

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Hook Your Audience in 500 Words

An author has about 500 words (or roughly two pages) to hook her audience.  Think about it: when you’re scanning the shelves looking for a new book, you start with the first page, right?  You don’t open the book in the middle.  If you download an ebook sample, you’re given […]

October 13, 2012

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George R. R. Martin: Writing is a Journey

“People think that [fantasy] is entertainment for children or particularly slow adults.”  – George R. R. Martin – Truer words were never spoken.  Yes, the genre is vastly entertaining (to read and write), but too often critics cast it aside without realizing that in the right hands, fantasy can – […]

September 24, 2012

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Rough Day Writing is Still a Good Day

In terms of pages written, yesterday wasn’t my most dazzling day as an author.  I punched in plenty of hours and did lots of research, but I only managed to write one page.  I was tired – I never write well when I’m tired.  And the kids were squabbling – […]

August 24, 2012

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My Muse

The gods of creative energy have a twisted sense of humour.  First they instill in us an obsessive need to produce something from nothing (a novel, a musical score, a sculpture etc).  Then they stand back and let us flounder around in our potential.  It’s almost like they’re testing us; […]

July 19, 2012

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