Category Archives: short stories

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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Words and Stories, Foreign and Domestic

“How do you feel about having one of your novels translated into another language?” Flattered, to begin with. However, I think that I would like to have an independent reader translate back to me what my work ended up saying … Continue reading

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Gone, and Some Forgotten

Angie, the Tuesday Hound, asked: “Is there a book from your youth that you would love to have a copy of now?” I must have mentioned these before, since books have been a major part of my life.  My mother … 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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Gettin’ It Down

This week The Hound asked: “Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what might become of them? Will someone in your family pick them up and FINISH them? [as the … Continue reading

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Three Stories For Your Consideration

I wrote a longer post earlier in the week to post for today, but I got to thinking: It’s Halloween tomorrow, so I decided that I would take a moment and ask for comments  on no less than three supernatural … Continue reading

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It Was a Noir and Stormy Night…

“What kind of book would you like to write that you haven’t tried before?”  I’d like to be able to write a REAL mystery, an all-out head-scratcher from start to finish. A gritty, serious, police or even a spy novel. … Continue reading

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If the Boot Fits…

This week we have been re-imagining fairy tales. Most of the fairy-tale known widely in America are originally German, because of the Grimm Brothers, who traveled throughout their part of Europe collecting, and then publishing, folk stories. There are many … 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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Bring ’em On!

What do I read? What genre or genres? The real question is, what don’t I read? I was one of those kids who read the cereal boxes at breakfast. I read through the family’s World Book Encyclopedia by 4th grade. I … Continue reading

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