Seven questions about publishing with Amazon

Ever since Lake Union Publishing acquired my novel Go Away Home (re-launch on July 7), I get questions. Lots of them. About how it works, the advantages, the disadvantages. Jane Friedman invited me to answer the top seven most frequently asked … [Continue reading]

Dressed up in a new cover – Go Away Home

Go Away Home, a novel

A drum roll, please ... When my novel Go Away Home re-launches on July 7, it will sport this brand new cover.As an indie author responsible for all aspects of publishing, I have to say cover design caused me the most anxiety. Still, I felt I found … [Continue reading]

Jackasses & Monkeys – Inner demons of writing

I'm in Iowa City this week, sequestered at a bed & breakfast, doing a deep dive into writing my next novel. I write, I think, I walk, I write some more. All the while, I struggle with monkey brain. Monkey brain is the form my inner editor takes … [Continue reading]

The scoop on editing with Amazon Publishing

The Chrysler Building

“What was it like working with Amazon Publishing?” “Did it bother you to lose control?” “Is it still the same story?” These are some of the questions I’ve received since my novel Go Away Home was acquired by Lake Union Publishing, an imprint of … [Continue reading]

A “Marriage” of Fact and Fiction – Giveaway

Susan Weidener

Many authors write a memoir first and then turn to fiction, as I did. While those first works of fiction often have some basis in real people and events, the outcome is largely fictional as the author molds the story line, characters, and events to … [Continue reading]

A different kind of book review – Deeply Odd

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Memoirs and historical fiction are my normal reading choices. But every so often, I enjoy trying something different. Recently I caught a Dean Koontz interview on the CBS Sunday Morning show. Though I’d seen his books on bookstore and library … [Continue reading]

Going deep inside – Perspective 3

Carlsbad Caverns - "Curtains"

Recently, I’ve considered perspective from high up in a hot air balloon and up close at Cadillac Ranch. I also had a chance to go deep with a visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. I’ve been in caves before, but always in the company … [Continue reading]

It’s “I Grew Up Country Day” – How will you celebrate?

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We expect you celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully with enough restraint to leave room to celebrate a far newer day. Since Iowa Governor Branstad signed a Proclamation declaring March 18, 2015, “I Grew Up Country Day,” 50+ folks have joined our … [Continue reading]

I Grew Up Country – New initiative encourages storytelling

IGUCD Proclamation Signing 3w

On Monday, March 9, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a Proclamation declaring March 18, 2015, “I Grew Up Country Day” - in Iowa and wherever food is produced. Haven’t heard of “I Grew Up Country”? Let alone a day to celebrate it? Not … [Continue reading]

From high above – Perspective

Geometric lines of a farm field reminded me of Iowa.

Hot air balloons float over my house in Des Moines with some regularity in the summer. I've watched from the ground and wondered what it would be like to go up in one. What would it feel like? What would I hear? What would I see? How would it be … [Continue reading]