Category Archives: writers

Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer]

Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer] I picked up Alexa Kang’s “Shanghai Story” for something a little different to read.I had no idea just how different it would be. It is the bravest piece of work that I have … 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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Dollars to Donuts

Jeff-The-Hound brought up: “We all try to avoid plot holes in our own stories… but have you ever encountered one (or more) major plot holes in a book or movie that made you want to scream? Has it been serious … Continue reading

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Caution: Plot Hole!

This week, our Hound asked, “We all try to avoid plot holes in our own stories… but have you ever encountered one (or more) major plot holes in a book or movie that made you want to scream? Has it … 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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Guest Authors: Members of the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group and Lost and Found

I’ve mentioned the support I get from fellow members of my local writing groups. Last summer, while the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group discussed fund-raising ideas, someone came up with the idea of publishing an anthology. Author Diana Lloyd, a … 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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English: British to American

Last week while we were discussing the possibility of our works being translated into other languages, I said that  I would like to bring up translating English to English, that is to say, “British” to “American”. I have read books … Continue reading

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