I’m thankful – Today and everyday

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Thanksgiving Day gives us a reason to say thanks. It's a little sad we may need a reason, though I understand how it happens. We're busy. Too much to do. Not enough time. Because I sometimes have a tendency to get wrapped up in doing rather than … [Continue reading]

Journey to publication began with NANOWRIMO

Writers worldwide recently passed the half-way mark of National Novel Writing Month. By today, a writer who is on the NANOWRIMO track will have logged at least 30,000 words on their work in progress. Each year when NANOWRIMO rolls around, I itch to … [Continue reading]

‘You got game, white girl’ – Home Sweet Hardwood

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Mo'ne Davis pitches like a girl. A thirteen-year-old girl who throws a 70 mph fastball. The star of The Little League World Series may not even realize sports wasn't always an option for girls like her. Preston High School didn't offer girls … [Continue reading]

Her kind of historical fiction

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"I'm blown away." That's what I thought as I read The Girl on the Mountain, a novel set in the West Virginia mountains at the end of the 19th century. The characters are vivid and likeable (except for the ones we shouldn't like). The language … [Continue reading]

Book marketing – It’s not always about sales

Photo by Larry Baker's wife, Ginger Russell, at an appearance in Cedar Falls in 2009.

Author Larry Baker (The Flamingo Rising, A Good Man and others) posted this picture to his Facebook page this week, and I laughed. It captures a fear most authors harbor: 'What if nobody comes?' It's not a groundless fear. It happened to me this … [Continue reading]

How much of historical fiction is history?

Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan

The 2014 Man Booker Prize winner was announced this past week. The accolades judging panel chair A.C. Grayling heaped on Richard Flanagan's WWII-era novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, included this seemingly odd comment: Historical fiction is … [Continue reading]

The big questions: Memoir or fiction? Is the Past ever Past?

Celebrate Writing Poster

Life is full of so many questions. What's for dinner? White wine or red? Is it time to turn on the furnace? The writing life is no different. Three events coming up in the next several days let me join other authors in discussing some of the big … [Continue reading]

A few of my favorite blogs – One Lovely Blog Award

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When I began blogging in 2009, I posted my writing for a full year before telling anyone I was doing it. I was trying out my voice, learning the "rules" of blogging, and seeing if I would stick to it. Five years later, I'm still at it, my topics as … [Continue reading]

They did me wrong! Now what?

Someone cut you off in traffic. Cheated you out of a promotion. Stole your big idea. Or worse for us writers - Reviewed our books with words that stung. Then gave us a One Star rating. They'd have given us zero stars if Amazon let them. Ouch! How … [Continue reading]

The Invention of Wings – Review – Historical Fiction

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

I've been a fan of Sue Monk Kidd since I read The Secret Life of Bees. So when Kidd released her newest novel The Invention of Wings, historical fiction set in the early 19th century, I was eager to read. The book did not disappoint. The Invention … [Continue reading]