Category Archives: What if

My Literary Legacy

Our resident hound asked, “If you could be remembered (as an author) for only ONE of your books… which book would you choose? Why that one?” In the past ten years, I’ve been fortunate to have sixteen stories published through … Continue reading

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From the Mighty Mississippi to the Grand River

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “If you were asked to rewrite/modernize a classic novel, which one would you want to adapt?”  As I’ve mentioned before, I really haven’t read many classic novels. I read a few in high school (mainly the … Continue reading

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A Family Hero

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “Is there a certain ancestor that you wish you could travel back in time to spend a year with? What do you hope to learn? Why that relative?”   At first I thought I’d already written a … 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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Presenting… Me

Recently, I’ve been working with several new authors, helping them beef up their online presence. One thing an author needs to have handy is a bio. But a person’s bio varies, depending on how and where it’s used. So this … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not…

“If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?” I wracked my brain for a while on this one. I am without any question a bona fide bibliophile. I literally own … Continue reading

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Wishing Upon a Star – or Wishing for a Best-seller

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?” Normally, I’ll sit down and write my post for the week in one sitting. But this topic required … 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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Please Read Part of My Book!

Our resident hound asked, “How would you feel if Reader’s Digest abridged one of your novels? What reservations (if any) might you have? My parents had a subscription to Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, and I remember spending lots of time … Continue reading

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