Category Archives: helping others

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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Guest: Author Bishop O’Connell

I met Bishop O’Connell when we both commented on another author’s Facebook page. I had to ask him about his name since my husband graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in Northern Virginia. It was not far from where I … Continue reading

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Guest: Author CeeCee James

Here is another mutual FB Friend that I asked for an interview, and only then found just how very popular and prolific a writer she is. CeeCee James is the author of a heartbreaking memoir, several stand-alone novels, plus romance … Continue reading

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Four-By-Four

This week: “The best four words that describe you”. YIKES. (That one could be a choice!) Since I will have to make a stab and do some spoul-searching, let’s go with 1) HONEST Yes, I am honest. I hate lying. … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Iris Chacon

I knew that I had to ask Iris Chacon in as a guest as soon as I read her “Schifflebein’s Folly”. It was one of the nicest experiences I have had all year; a charming story so amusingly well-told that … Continue reading

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Review: “Schifflebein’s Folly”

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope and pray for a happy, healthy year for all. I’ll keep this short since it is New Year’s Day, not that I am insinuating that any of you might have over-indulged last night(!), but … Continue reading

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Changes, But Not All for the Worse

So, in the time of COVID, how will our holidays be different? I can imagine that it has touched all of your celebrations, but take heart, with a story below.  If you need to be uplifted, feel free to skip … Continue reading

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Family “History”

Patty, the Monday Fox , asked: “If someone were to look at your internet search history, what conclusions might that person draw about you?”   That is truly a loaded question. My mind is pretty eclectic. I like to know. … Continue reading

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Heeeere, Shippy, Shippy, Shippy!

This week:  If, suddenly, after all your years of writing, your “ship” finally came in and your titles were receiving wide acclaim (and sales… and INCOME), what would you like to do with that “positioning” to help aspiring writers? That’s … Continue reading

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POP Go the References

When we were discussing advice to young, new or would-be writers, I omitted some pieces of advice. One is: Avoid ‘pop’ references. As far as I am concerned, they age your work and make it seem irrelevant very quickly. Of … Continue reading

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