Winter Book Reviews – 3 Books to Curl Up With

Posted Jan 10 2018 in , , , , ,

It’s that time of year. Days are short and fires are crackling. What better time to discover a new book? Below are three books I’ve read this winter that left a mark on me. Hope you too find that book!   I picked up Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, read a few pages, and put […]

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A Year in the Query Trenches

Posted Jan 3 2018 in , , , , , ,

Well, here we are again. A new year. A time to look back and say…wait, what? Some years float in nice and easy like the egrets that glide over the lake in my backyard and some skid in hot and reckless like my 16-year-old when she’s late for school. I’m feeling more of the latter […]

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The Art of Avoidance

Posted Nov 29 2017 in , ,

Hello? Is this thing on? That’s what I’m saying to my brain these days (for more reasons than one.)Β  We writers must pay our dues and sometimes those dues come in the form of not writing. Some days words spill out like an overflowing dam. Other days the words clog up like my daughters’ shower […]

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The Start of a Story

Posted Oct 18 2017 in , , , ,

As a writer, I naturally think a lot about stories. Specifically, how a story starts. When I go to book signing or reading, I love hearing about how a writer’s story began, how they plucked an idea from the sky and transformed it into 400 pages. Beginnings keep coming to mind as I’m working to […]

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The Power of Perspective

Posted Sep 13 2017 in , , , ,

Perspective is a tricky little thing…in life and in writing. The archaic definition is “an optical glass.” And for writers that optical glass can be a critique partner or beta reader or brutally honest friend. In life, it can be a hurricane. The other day I picked up my newly fluffed and puffed doggie and […]

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Strength In Numbers

Posted Sep 6 2017 in , , , , , ,

Strength in numbers. This is a phrase I go back to often. Not because it’s a 38 Special album (although that album does bring back some fun high school memories- think T-tops, shoulder pads, and Aqua Net hairspray.) No, I think of it because I’ve seen it time and again in life and in writing. […]

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Summer of Suspense – Book Reviews

Posted Aug 23 2017 in , , ,

As usual, I spent my summer reading. Ok, I did other things too but I always had a book close by. Here are three suspense/thrillers that kept me thinking about them long after I finished:   In The Woods by Tana French: Tana French has been writing books for years but I just discovered her. […]

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No Sagging Middles

Posted Aug 16 2017 in , , , ,

A funny thing happened on the way to…the middle of my book. I had a scene I’d labeled “The Middle.” I loved this scene in the middle. It was perfect…in the middle. But a couple of weeks ago, the strangest thing happened. I was writing along and BAM, the scene presented itself way earlier than […]

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A Writer’s Voice

Posted Aug 2 2017 in , , ,

Voice – that mystical goddess all writers want to capture. What is it? How do I get it? Where does it come from? It’s what agents are looking for. It’s what publishers demand. It’s what keeps a reader reading. And it’s what keeps writers up at night, chewing on their fingernails. It’s taken me many […]

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Insomnia – A Pebble in Your Shoe

Posted Jul 26 2017 in , ,

I was reminded recently of an old Chinese proverb that loosely translates to: If everything is going well in your life, put a pebble in your shoe.Β  Well, last week, I got a pebble in my shoe. A pebble named insomnia. I have to stop here and say if you suffer or have ever suffered […]

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