I met Lisa Patton a few years ago online after reading Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter (I have to cheat and look at the cover to know where to put the apostrophes) and then Googling and finding out that she was a member of Backspace -- which meant I emailed her with even more fervor than my usual gottawritetothisauthor fervor. Lisa was generous in emailing with me about writing while mothering her … [Read more...] about Women's Fiction Author Lisa Patton Talks About Perseverance, Pantsing and Her Publishing Journey
Nothing. Except today my book deal was announced so I had a whoopie pie! (I opt for sweets over alcohol every.single.time!) And, I received these beautiful flowers from my bff and her family. All in all, a delicious, fulfilling, humbling-beyond-belief kind of day -- the first of many I'm thinking - although I'm going to save whoopie pie consumption for only the most auspicious occasions. Here's … [Read more...] about What do a book deal, a whoopie pie and a bouquet of flowers have in common?
I started reading Allison Winn Scotch's blog when her first book -- The Department of Lost and Found -- was released the first time! Hers was one of the first books I read where I felt I "knew" the author -- the first time it gave me a glimpse into what it was like to be in a community of writers, even if that community was online. I've watched Allison with admiration because while her career … [Read more...] about Allison Winn Scotch's Best Advice for Writers: Read, Rewrite and Revel in Feedback
Sarah McCoy is one of those authors you meet (online) and then feel like you always known her. She's generous above-and-beyond the writerly call of duty -- although I must admit I've met only a few authors since starting this blog who aren't generous in one way or another. Sarah's advice about taking what she knows and allowing it to "walk its own path" really struck a chord with me, as did … [Read more...] about Author Sarah McCoy Says "Write The Story That Keeps You Up At Night"