Oh, I am so sorry I've been MIA! I forgot how much work it is to get ready to launch a novel, to write another novel, and to be a freelance editor and book coach. Add in some nervousness and excitement and some things just fall to the side. Like laundry. Oh, the clothes are clean, but in a pile. Grab and go. That's me. I hope that's you too, and that you'll grab a copy of Left to Chance either … [Read more...] about Picking Favorites: Which One Of My Novels Do I Like Best?
When I moved back to the Philadelphia area about a year ago (time flies, right?) I didn't know so many of my neighbors would be writers -- but it seems to be true. One such neighbor is Janet Benton, whom I had the pleasure of meeting not long after I arrived, and right before the publication of her debut novel, Lilli de Jong. What I love about interviewing and talking to authors is how ever … [Read more...] about Author Interview: Janet Benton Spent 8000 Hours Writing Lilli de Jong
If you've been reading this blog for a while you know I adore epistolary novels, and now I have a new one to share with you. Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb has just hit bookshelves and it's a don't-miss historical novel set during World War I that follows Evie Elliot through her personal experiences and correspondences, mostly with her brother's best friend, Thomas … [Read more...] about Author Interview: Heather Webb & Hazel Gaynor Co-Author A New WWI Novel
Think of your dead stops as hurdles, not walls. As I stared at the monitor I knew, in the deepest part of my writer's heart, that the chapter I'd just written, sucked. The writing didn't suck, mind you. The insights were fresh, the main character was witty in the right places. I'd layered in the right amounts of atmosphere, backstory, and subplot, but not too much. The dialogue was … [Read more...] about The Secret To Writing A Novel