A few weeks ago when I was chatting with my agent, we realized it had taken nine months to get from concept to proposal for my fourth novel. NINE MONTHS. LIKE THE TIME IT TAKES TO GROW AN ACTUAL HUMAN. Granted, in that time, I had sold and packed-up a four-bedroom house and moved cross-country, all while parenting my adult children through some milestones in their lives. I was also in the … [Read more...] about How Long Does It Take To Write A Novel?
It's summer and the livin' is easy, right? And the blogging is slow. After eleven years of blogging I've found that traffic drops off more in the summer than it does around the holidays. For those first years I continued with a normal schedule. Then I realized I'd rather enjoy the weather and my extra time, and kick things into gear again in the Fall. So, blogging aside, this has been a busy … [Read more...] about Summer blog update, giveaway links, and a quiz!
First things first -- there's a new, short giveaway on Goodreads for 75 copies of Left to Chance! Go forth and enter! CLICK HERE IT'S EASY GO AHEAD DON'T WAIT Second, I was going to talk about titles today and this gives me the perfect opening to do so. Why? Because puns. Because Left to Chance gives me endless CHANCES to use the title in everyday ridiculousness, which … [Read more...] about Title Talk and a Giveaway
Vegetarian here, but I couldn't think of a better metaphor for where I am in the writing process than steak. I watch those cooking shows, and I ate meat until 4 years ago. (I'm also not a militant vegetarian. If you want to eat dead animals, have at it. ;-) You can even eat them in my presence. I worry about me, not you. Plus, this is not a blog about food.) Anyhoo -- here's the deal -- you … [Read more...] about When Writing a Novel is like Grilling a Steak