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Write as if your life depends on it.

Writing is hard. Okay, allow me to expand on my initial words. Writing fiction capable of holding a reader in the story until she, or he, reaches THE END is damn difficult. Truth time. How many books have you read … Continue reading

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Character Arcs and why you should get to know your Main Character!

Have you ever stayed with a book until the last sentence and realized the main character was as dull as white bread? She, or he, never changed? Well, I just read such a book. Typically, I would give up by … Continue reading

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Why do I write?

Last week I had coffee with a woman who has read my book, The Summer of Annah, and she asked me ‘Why do you write?’ I almost blurted out ‘Because I like writing!’ However, I then took a moment to … Continue reading

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May-December relationships between older women and younger men and why they rock!

While I wrote The Summer of Annah: A Midsummer’s Wish, I constantly questioned myself whether a May-December romance could work between an older woman and a younger man.  The book is more than a story of older an woman fantasizing … Continue reading

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Contemporary women’s fiction and its distant relative, romance.

When I started writing on a more serious level, which meant having my eye on publishing my work instead of writing and shredding the pages, I foolishly thought I was writing romantic drama. Why? Well, I used Nicholas Sparks as … Continue reading

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When Genius Strikes an Author of Contemporary Women’s Fiction

All writers have them. Those ah-ha moments when a plot piece falls into place or a saggy middle suddenly becomes a pivotal hill. Those brilliant words that threaten to explode in our heads. Ah, the joy! Unfortunately, my words seem … Continue reading

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10 things I learned on my way to becoming a self-published author.

#1: Ice cream is therapeutic. Why my doctor would recommend I stop eating it is beyond me. Without a daily hit of Ben and Jerry, The Summer of Annah would have never been published. My recommendation for aspiring indie-publishers–stock up! … Continue reading

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Turning coal into diamonds!

Many writers call their first drafts, for lack of any imagination, crap! I can only assume those writers are paraphrasing Ernest Hemingway, who once said: “The first draft of anything is shit.” Allow me to put Hemingway’s quote in perspective. … Continue reading

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