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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 an agent?” Catherine began to respond practically but then she interrupted herself and said, “Focus on the writing. If a book is meant to be…

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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 media.Daily, the Internet provides readers and writers with the opportunity to connect with new people involved in the book world, and to interact with speakers of many…

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Author Interview: Stephanie Alexander

Author Stephanie Alexander  Bio: Stephanie Alexander grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, the oldest of three children. Drawing, writing stories, and harassing her parents for a pony consumed much of her childhood. After graduating from high school in 1995 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She returned to Washington, DC, where she followed a long-time fascination with sociopolitical structures and women’s issues to a Master of Arts in Sociology…

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Author Interview: Rosanne E. Lortz

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with author Rosanne E. Lortz. Enjoy! Website: rosannelortz.blogspot.com Twitter: @RosanneLortz Facebook: Fan PageBook Trailer: 'I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince'Q: What is your genre? Why did you choose it?RL: I write historical fiction. Growing up, historical fiction was the genre I most loved to read, especially novels by older HF authors like Rafael Sabatini, Samuel Shellabarger, Edith Pargeter, and Rosemary Sutcliff. The picturesque settings, the adventure, the romance--those were all aspects…

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