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The World Inside a Book

Reading is a huge part of my life. I have my parents to thank for that, because they always encouraged us to read and value books. They read to my two brothers and me when we were small, and there … Continue reading

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Where You Stumble

“Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” ~Joseph Campbell  I have been picking up and putting down the same novel-in-progress for the last year. It’s romantic suspense, could grow into a trilogy, and I’ve plucked a teeny bit from one of … Continue reading

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Genre Bender

I hate genres. No, put down the torches and pitchforks; I don’t mean genre fiction. Genre fiction is fabulous. But fitting into one of those slots? I’m having a harder time there. It’s been a problem ever since I finished … Continue reading

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If a Blog Tour Falls in the Forest, Does Anybody Read?

Happy Monday! I’ve been invited to join the “My Writing Process” blog tour by the wise and witty Lynne Cantwell, an author with a background in journalism and a compelling interest in Native American cultures, mythology, and knitting cool things that look … Continue reading

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Anticip…

Sometimes I see questions like these in social media groups: “Just sent my book out to an editor / reviewer / contest / publisher…but now what? I can’t STAND waiting!” My usual glib answer is to suggest the writer find … Continue reading

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Sliding Past Vertical Entered in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards!

Hi, folks! I just entered Sliding Past Vertical into the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards contest, and blatantly stealing paying homage to a brilliant idea by author Charles Ray, I’d love to share a preview of my entry here. I’m … Continue reading

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The problem is…

…I don’t know how to not write. I go into a kind of fugue state when I finish the first draft of a manuscript. Intellectually, I know I’m done for now. I’ve reached the end of the story, and I … Continue reading

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Writing Characters Outside the Box

I hate stereotypes. I get why they exist; human brains like order. They process a lot of information, so they want to sort things into boxes and get on with the day. But we—individual people—are not tick boxes on a … Continue reading

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Have You Read a Banned Book Lately?

Have you ever read a banned or challenged book? Chances are that if you had a public school education, you’ve already read plenty of them. The Grapes of Wrath? Banned for its religious and labor union references. Brave New World? … Continue reading

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Risk and the Novelist

One summer afternoon, not too many months after Husband and I had bought our house, I walked up the hill to a neighbor’s. She and her family were hosting a barbecue. We’d been invited to events at their home before, … Continue reading

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