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The Help of Others

The Help of Others

A guest post by writer Jessica Loftus:I’ve always thought that the idea of writing being a completely solitary lifestyle was a myth. The act of writing is solitary, not the life of a writer. Especially a fiction writer. For those of us that have the characters in our heads all the time, we wish we […]

Downsizing To An E-Reader

Downsizing To An E-Reader

 My family is filled with serious readers. When together, we collect books, trade books, talk books. Even the little humans among us refuse to go to sleep without their favorite stories being read to them.Recently, during an all-hands-on-deck session to help a family member with a move, while packing up about 20 shelves crammed with […]

I am my characters

I am my characters

People often comment on how “real” my characters are and they ask me how I create such believable heroines. I suppose it is because most of my work is grounded in reality. My characters are not me but some of their struggles, particularly with men, come from my own struggles—even if I don’t realize it […]

Author Interview: Kate LeDonne

Author Interview: Kate LeDonne

  Welcome, Kate! Tell us about your background and how you came to be a writer.I was born and raised in the Midwest, Indiana to be exact. I was a bookworm from a very early age, reading everything I could get my hands on. The “Choose Your Own Adventure” series was about the best thing ever. […]

Spanx Me, NaNoWriMo!

Spanx Me, NaNoWriMo!

Marketing Ideas from the Vault! This post about NaNoWriMo and Spanx joining forces to create new opportunities for authors was originally published in March of last year.———————————————————————-Forget “March Madness.” Instead, make it “March Marketing Madness.”As part of all this basketball craziness, I recently filled out my bracket for the family pool. I’m not doing well; […]

The New Romance Aisle: Lover’s Lane at Lowe’s

The New Romance Aisle: Lover’s Lane at Lowe’s

Who says a trip to the hardware store can’t be romantic? Not me!Not any of my friends, either, as it turns out.Over the summer, couple after couple pointed out to me (in unrelated conversations) that once they had settled down, they spent far more time together going out to hardware stores than going out to […]

A Writer’s Joy: Meeting a New Fan

A Writer’s Joy: Meeting a New Fan

Even as an adult I sometimes feel as if I am back in high school. Usually, this is a good feeling (I loved high school), if a little bit bizarre, considering that I’ve long since left my school days behind and moved into the working world.But, as I’ve come to understand, life is a series […]

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The Summer of Curveballs

The Summer of Curveballs

It’s…September?I keep looking at the calendar to confirm that the summer is really over. I guess the gentle fall of the first leaves, the shorter days, and the perfect weather (by D.C. standards) should be proof enough, but neither my eyes nor my mind wants to believe it. Where did summer go? I ask myself […]

By September 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Blogging and Twitter: The Guide

Blogging and Twitter: The Guide

Are you thinking about starting a blog, but you’re not sure where to begin? Do you have a blog, but its not getting many hits? Is Twitter a mystery to you?Perhaps, you’ve written a novel or opened a small business, and you want to find ways to use a blog to connect with a broader […]

By February 11, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Remembering (How To) Love

Remembering (How To) Love

 When I decided to write a novel, a love story was the natural choice. It seems that anything I write, including short stories and poems, ends up being about love. So why fight it?I often wonder if the act of loving is an ability, an inclination, a talent, or a Heaven-sent gift. Maybe it’s a […]

Prepping For My New Blog

Prepping For My New Blog

Today has been interesting. I think I’ve turned a corner and finally conquered a major task that has eluded completion since I first realized it needed to be done.For the past few months, I’ve been working myself into a frenzy of concern and trepidation at the thought of upgrading my “starter” blog to a beautiful […]

Television Writers, Novelists, and Casting

Television Writers, Novelists, and Casting

Have you ever wished the producers of your favorite TV show would invite you to add a story line?I have.All this book writing I’m doing has inspired me to take a look at my favorite shows, from a new angle. Now, while I’m watching them, I replay dialogue to try and uncover how the writers […]

Dear Barnes & Noble, Part Four

Dear Barnes & Noble, Part Four

You’ve finally done it this time, Barnes & Noble.What I’d really like to know is who isn’t listening at your corporate headquarters? Who are the ones so rooted in the past that they would rather collapse your future than step aside and make room for innovation and re-branding.Who should be the recipient of our communications, […]

How To Make A Memory

How To Make A Memory

We’ve all experienced it. That moment a song unexpectedly comes on the radio, or over a store’s speakers, and we are swiftly pulled back into a memory so strong we feel like travelers to the future when we snap back to the present.It has happened to me, many times in many places. I figure it’s […]

Author Interview: Jason Scott Gleason

Author Interview: Jason Scott Gleason

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with author Jason Scott Gleason. Enjoy!Author Jason Scott GleasonBio: Jason Scott Gleason is a resident of Elkridge, Maryland, where he lives with his fiancé, her son, their cat, her bird, his snake, the other’s two lizards, and a couple of fish claimed by nobody. He […]

Twitter, My Darling

Twitter, My Darling

A year ago, I knew nothing about you, Twitter. And now you are the darling of my social media world.At first I was a little scared of you. Your reputation is one of unpredictable power, and I was worried, quite reasonably, that I would be lost in your endless seas.And then there are those hash […]