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Things That Make Me Head-Hopping Angry

I get it. For every writing rule, there’s a writer breaking it and it WORKS, and that drives some people nuts. I’ve seen it; I’ve done it. My answer to “How many point of view characters can I have?” or … Continue reading

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He’s Dead, Jim…

This has been one of the most difficult things I’ve had to admit to myself in a very long time. Harder than the realization that I’ll never be a child prodigy, that my bikini years are probably behind me, or … Continue reading

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Wicked Awesome Indies: Vote and Win!

Have you voted yet for your favorites in BigAl’s Books and Pals Readers’ Choice Awards? Fear not. Voting continues until March 31. You may have (ahem) voted for a certain novel in the contemporary fiction category, and I thank you … Continue reading

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The DREAM BIG Blog Hop

Here’s the pitch, courtesy of Cody Martin: “Writing is largely solitary, and sometimes a lonely endeavor. Sure, you talk to friends, experts for research, discuss what works and what doesn’t with your editor, and bounce ideas off of fellow writers. … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction!

My writing-self felt a little creaky and stiff this week, so I entered Indies Unlimited‘s weekly flash fiction contest. A new prompt goes up every Saturday, and it’s a great chance to play around with the 250-word challenge and bust … Continue reading

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Why Would Anyone Want to Read a Novel about Cancer?

When I write the first draft of a novel, I normally don’t think much about marketing. I tell the story that falls into my head, the one that has the most energy and won’t leave me alone until I finish … Continue reading

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Never Look Back?

One of my heroes, Satchel Paige, is credited as having said, “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” When I ran competitively, coaches warned me that every peek over my shoulder was a waste of energy that could … Continue reading

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When You Have Editorial Differences

This post on Behler Blog today is so spot-on that I wanted to share it with you. Although the example is based on releasing your manuscript to a publisher and working with the publisher’s editor(s), this applies to self-published authors … Continue reading

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So Long, 2012, and Thanks for All the Fish…

Loss, love, joy, grief, rebirth, pain, triumph: it’s been a rich and melancholic salad of a year for me. That canard of ancient wisdom, “Be careful what you wish for,” is definitely not one to toy with. For a while … Continue reading

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Tell Everyone!

I’m excited to share the news with you…my third novel, Don’t Tell Anyone, has just been released! When pneumonia lands Estelle Trager unconscious in the emergency room, it ruins everything for the stubborn 65-year-old woman. She’d been keeping a secret—a … Continue reading

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