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The Dumbest Thing I Ever Heard…Is True

The Dumbest Thing I Ever Heard…Is True

In early 2010 I attended an event called “Eat, Love, Write.” It was a fundraiser featuring bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert and her sister Catherine Gilbert Murdock as the keynote speakers. Catherine is a successful author in her own right—specializing in young adult novels. During the question and answer session, someone asked, “How do I get […]

Writing Fiction: Historical vs. Contemporary Romance

Writing Fiction: Historical vs. Contemporary Romance

Like many writers, I find my creativity fueled by reading the works of other novelists. I read every fiction genre, major or common, except horror (I’m not emotionally equipped for the utter darkness often presented in its pages), and I tend to be the type of consumer who purchases my stack of my weekly reading, […]

The Power of Good Enough

The Power of Good Enough

  I’ve read amazing authors, from Ken Kesey and John Steinbeck to James Lee Burke and Harper Lee, whose perfect, seamless prose carried me away to those wonderful, far places where books transport us. I never imagined I could be one of them. They never inspired me to write. My inspiration came from a very […]

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: Vivien Jones

Author Interview: Vivien Jones

  Welcome, Vivien! Tell us about your background and how you came to be a writer.  I’m a middle child of three, born into a Naval family in 1948. I was an early and avid reader. By the time I was 10 years old I was an avid story writer too and this continued long […]

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 […]

TLC, Twitter, and (Very) Smart Marketing

TLC, Twitter, and (Very) Smart Marketing

Back in October, on the season premiere night of Long Island Medium, TLC decided to try a new marketing strategy, one involving Twitter.  A few days before the big event, I happened to catch the promos, and they advertised two things: –          a live commentary from Theresa Caputo during the premiere’s commercial breaks (it’s her […]

NaNoWriMo and the Evolution of a Writer

NaNoWriMo and the Evolution of a Writer

Writing a book as part of the annual NaNoWriMo contest is a bit like dating in college: a day feels like a week, a week feels like a month. And a month, well, that’s practically forever. On November 1st, I started NaNoWriMo filled with excitement and curiosity. How would the book idea I’d been mulling […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Many Faces of a Writer

The Many Faces of a Writer

Last Sunday, I watched the “In Memoriam” segment of the Emmy’s telecast. Sitting quietly, watching as the faces of many actors and actresses whose work I’ve known faded in and out, I wondered how many of the characters they had played on-screen had resembled, in ways big or small, their own personalities? How many times […]

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Writing: The Importance of Word Choice in Translation

Writing: The Importance of Word Choice in Translation

For those of you who are fans of Star Trek (or, like me, grew up with a brother who loved all things science fiction), have you ever fantasized about having communication tools like the ones Captain Kirk and his crew had? I have, and I find myself doing it all the more lately. Why? Social […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thwarting my Laptop

Thwarting my Laptop

My tiny hand-me-down laptop gave me the good ole Blue Screen of Death a few weeks ago. I loved working on the thing because, honestly, the screen was so small, it was unpleasant doing just about everything but typing on it. Web surfing was clumsy, and every window I opened was scrunched up and cramped […]

Author Interview: Dean F. Wilson

Author Interview: Dean F. Wilson

Author Dean F. Wilson Thank for being here today, Dean! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. Thank you for having me, Ashley. I started writing “officially” when I was around 11, but had been doing bits and pieces before that. That was when I began a film script, which then […]

Author Interview: Adrienne Thompson

Author Interview: Adrienne Thompson

    Q: Thanks for being here today, Adrienne! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. I’ve technically been a writer since I was ten, when I attempted to write my first book (which was a rip-off of a Judy Blume book.) I wrote poetry for years and when I was […]

Dialogue from the past can be a real pain in the…paragraph.

Dialogue from the past can be a real pain in the…paragraph.

If you want to make Medieval, Renaissance or even characters from the age of Mozart believable, you have to be like a tightrope walker. Characters who say “thee” and “thou” can’t say also say “you” in the next sentence. Here is part of a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, born in 1340,  who wrote in Middle […]

The Writing Process

The Writing Process

I had dabbled in writing since maintaining a food blog for over six years. Tackling a novel is a whole new ballgame. Wait, let me backtrack a little. I’ve always been a dreamer. I remembered my early childhood when my father always scolded me for being absent-minded. Even then I would think up scenarios in […]

Storme by Bel Ravenne

Storme by Bel Ravenne

  About Storme: This is the story of two girls; ordinary, but with their own individual traits. Every girl has to express her individuality some way, and these two are no exception. Maria is not afraid of growing up; she’s only concerned with how she’ll make her mother proud of her achievements. Born in a […]