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]

Five strategies for getting book reviews

Getting book reviews that would be posted on Amazon and Goodreads at launch was one of the marketing strategies I pursued prior to publishing my novel Go Away Home. In April, I blogged my intent. Now, I'll share the results. The bottom line first … [Continue reading]

Are you aging like the prairie?

Subtle color in a mature prairie.

As I walk my prairie this year, I'm struck by how it's maturing. I was aware that flowers predominate in a newly established prairie while grasses take over in later years. This year, I'm seeing that reality. The contrast between new and mature … [Continue reading]

How do you hold on to first-time awe?

She lost her first tooth!

My granddaughter started kindergarten this past week. When she told her dad about her first day in school, she could barely contain herself. "Guess what? We played in the gym!" "Guess what? We had music class!" "Guess what? I met new … [Continue reading]

Peppers – vegetable or fruit?

Vegetables of fruits?

There are NO vegetables. Everything we call a vegetable is actually a fruit. So said the host of the TV show On The Spot this past weekend. What? I'm a farm kid. I grew up around agriculture and spent most of my professional career in public … [Continue reading]

A prairie reminder: Patience

Six years ago, I prepared the soil and sowed the seeds for a native Iowa prairie. The seed mix I chose from Ion Exchange contained 37 different varieties of prairie wildflowers and grasses. I was so eager for my new prairie to take root and grow, I … [Continue reading]