Category Archives: careers

Guest Author: Diana Stout and Finding Your Fire & Keeping it Hot

I’ve mentioned how write-ins on Zoom helped me complete my latest novella. Dr. Diana Stout is a regular participant in them, because she’s always busy working on one project or another. She’s been a visitor here, sharing her romance series. … Continue reading

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Well, Hello Dahl

A quick review this week for two books, but one story, and only about the first quarter of the whole story. I’m talking about a life, the life of Roald Dahl. I still don’t know everything about the man,  but … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Kellie Van Horn and Buried Evidence

My guest this week is a fellow member of the Mid-Michigan chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Kellie Van Horn writes inspirational romance for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, and her newest release, Buried Evidence, was released in July. … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Robert Coburn

Facebook Friend, Robert Coburn, is here for a guest post, forgoing a Q&A for a narrative. Let’s hear about his life directly from the man: I was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. Shortly after graduating from high school, I … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Kings

Actually, it is one King. Or, one could argue, nine Kings or more. As readers and my colleagues here know, I am a fan of Stephen King. I do not usually recommend his work to people, however. The reason for … Continue reading

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Really Busy,or Procrastinating?

“To what degree does procrastination affect your writing projects? Do you have any theories about WHY you procrastinate on certain projects… or at certain periods?” Crown me; I am the queen of procrastination. I even brought in a writing/writer’s’ psychologist … Continue reading

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Towing the Line

“If one — and only one — of your stories would be adapted for the silver screen, which one would you select? Would you prefer to write the screenplay… or just watch from the sidelines while the studio uses whoever … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer]

Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer] I picked up Alexa Kang’s “Shanghai Story” for something a little different to read.I had no idea just how different it would be. It is the bravest piece of work that I have … Continue reading

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Bio Blurb

This week we were asked: “You’re the headline speaker at a writers’ conference, and you need to submit a short bio for the program. What will you include?” I will never forget the first time that I had to submit … Continue reading

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Wishing Upon a Star – or Wishing for a Best-seller

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?” Normally, I’ll sit down and write my post for the week in one sitting. But this topic required … Continue reading

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