Category Archives: history

Guest: Author Stuart Jaffe (Free Books!)

  Stuart is the author of many short stories and paranormal series. These include The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, its prequel, the Marshall Drummond Case Files, The Malja Chronicles, the Nathan K books, the Gillian Boone series, The Parallel Society, … 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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Words to Warm My Heart

This week’s topic was one that I proposed: “What are the nicest or most inspiring things people have said or written about your writing? How did it affect you?” When I first started writing and blogging, I had a few … Continue reading

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Guest: Kristen Lamb

Kristen and I have been Facebook Friends for years and yet wires crossed. I have been trying to get her in for an interview for some time, but once we made contact, it worked. BOY, did it work! Kristen could … 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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Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman

Since the first time I saw it on TV as a teenager, one of my favorite movies has been “Inn of the Sixth-Happiness”, with Ingrid Bergman, Curt Jürgens and Robert Donat.  I bought a VHS tape of it when as … Continue reading

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Slices of Life

Question: Have you ever used real-life experiences in your writing? Answer: Often. I have a very good imagination. I can write about experiences which have never crossed my path. I’ve had them published and I have received awards, but… with … Continue reading

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Travels With My Family

When on a trip (either a long vacation or a day trip) how do you occupy the travel time, or keep the kids occupied? With kids, it is a little different. When my kids were under 8-10, we lived in … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Diana Lloyd and About an Earl

I feel so fortunate to belong to several local writers groups. Each one offers something different, and each has its own mix of authors. Diana Lloyd is a fellow member of the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group and is currently … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Chrystyna K. Lucyk-Berger

How much I LOVE Facebook! I get to meet so many people I would never even knew existed, let alone get to virtually-literally travel the world. Chrystyna K.  Lucyk-Berger is an accomplished woman, who is another friend through mutual friends … Continue reading

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