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As a curious observer of life, I blog on writing, marketing, my prairie - anything that interests me in the moment. I like to have conversations with readers, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I'll respond.

Finding inspiration – The Open Road, a novel

By Carol / 25 April 2017 / 9 Comments

I’m pleased to welcome M.M. Holaday to my blog today. You may remember Holaday (aka Nan Johnson) from the story she wrote about Perkins Corner, a post that struck a chord with many readers. Holaday…

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Her kind of historical fiction

By Carol / 04 November 2014 / 2 Comments

“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…

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Book marketing – It's not always about sales

By Carol / 28 October 2014 / 23 Comments

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…

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Song of Australia – Stephen Crabbe historical fiction author interview

By Carol / 06 May 2014 / 2 Comments

Life on the Australian home front during World War One.  The World War One centenary has many authors writing stories to illustrate that time. As I’ve been writing about life in the Midwest United States…

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Writing from a place of hope – Rachelle Ayala

By Carol / 15 February 2013 / 3 Comments

I’m delighted to welcome author Rachelle Ayala to my blog today. When I met her this past year, I was attracted first by her willingness to help a hopeless social media newbie (me). In addition,…

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5 Yoga Exercises For Your Writing Routine

By Carol / 04 February 2013 / 27 Comments

Not long ago, I wrote about how walking stimulates my writing. Writer and yoga instructor Stephanie Renée dos Santos commented that she’s found yoga to be a great help to her writing. I asked her…

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TAN – A story of exile, betrayal and revenge – Book Review

By Carol / 25 January 2013 / 6 Comments

TAN by David Lawlor is a gripping novel that tells the story of Irishman Liam Mannion, beginning before World War I and continuing into the Irish War of Independence. Framed for a crime he didn’t…

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The Angry Woman Suite – Author Interview

By Carol / 13 November 2012 / 16 Comments

Join me in welcoming Lee Fullbright to my blog today. I recently met Lee through my growing network of  historical fiction writers. Lee is the  author of the award-winning The Angry Woman Suite, published earlier…

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The power of ANYone

By Carol / 18 October 2012 / 6 Comments

Writing earlier this week about The Power of We for Blog Action Day has caused me to think about The Power of One. As I sat down to write, up popped the story of Talia…

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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap – Author Interview

By Carol / 10 October 2012 / 2 Comments

I’m pleased to welcome Paulette Mahurin to my blog today. Paulette is a writer of historical fiction and author of the book The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. Though I haven’t read her book yet, the…

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