Category Archives: The Author Life

Staying On Track

Somehow, my topic suggestions were chosen twice this month. This time, the question I posed was “How do you stay inspired to write a story set in a time and/or place that’s totally different from where you are?” I don’t … Continue reading

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The Writing Times They Are A-Changin’

This week, it was my turn to provide the blog’s writing prompt. My question was, “Has anything about your writing routine changed since you first began?” Although I submitted this topic a few months ago, it’s the perfect time for … Continue reading

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My name is Jeff

…and I’m a Procrastinator By Jeff Salter Topic: 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? I found several great-looking links to articles … Continue reading

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Working Hard to … Oh, Look!

Our sage hound asked, “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?” I’ll answer the second question first. I’ve always been busy, and … Continue reading

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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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