Category Archives: The Author Life

Getting Unstuck

This week I asked my fellow bloggers to share ways that we deal with writer’s block. Since I’m used to dealing with several different issues at any given time, I’m often faced with the inability to write when I have … Continue reading

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It’s Me… Sort of

Our Friday Fox asked, “Do your characters tend to have skills that you have yourself? Do you write about people who do things that you wish that you could manage?” The answer to both questions is YES.  Almost all of … Continue reading

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Guest: Author D A Kelly

I got my hands on D A Kelly’s “Brooms Away”, a first in a series and was surprised in many ways. Although it opens with a tough-as-nails girl who has a soft heart, the book and character are not what … 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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What Did You Say?

Our hound asked us, “How do you feel about having one of your novels translated into another language? Is there a particular nationality of reader that you think would enjoy your novels more than others?”  I’ve known several authors who’ve … Continue reading

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Did I Really Write That?

Our Friday Fox asked, “Did you ever start a piece of writing and forget about it, only to be surprised when you found it and read it?” The older I get, the more I forget. I’m pretty sure I’m not … Continue reading

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Looking in the Mirror

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What four words best describe you?” I took some time to mull this over. Ten months ago, I might have chosen different words. These days, I’m learning to stay at home more and making do with … Continue reading

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Planning My Work

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Our resident hound asked, “Typically, how many drafts do you complete — of a novel or novella — before you submit it to a publisher / editor … Continue reading

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Guest Authors: Meredith Bond and Pru Warren and the Writers’ Block Party Podcast

I love finding authors who find unique ways of reaching their audiences. Recently, I heard about a podcast featuring Meredith Bond, a fellow member of Marketing for Romance Writers group. I immediately contacted her for more information, and she kindly … Continue reading

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Branching Out as an Author?

I posed this week’s topic: What kind of book would you like to write that you haven’t tried before? I love to read most genres in the romance category, but the ones that usually keep me reading are those that … Continue reading

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