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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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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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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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Measuring Success as a Self-Published Romance Author

I’m a self-published romance author. To be exact, I’ve published my novel, The Summer of Annah: A Midsummer’s Wish, a contemporary women’s fiction. I’m in the similar sub-genre as Nicholas Sparks (although not as successful), which, interestingly enough, brings me … Continue reading

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Failure and Marketing

According to historians, Thomas Edison once said ‘I’ve failed my way to success.’ Hmm. He is also quoted as saying, ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’ And, let’s not forget about Albert Einstein’s famous … Continue reading

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