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In the company of writers

What a great month this has been so far. The first part of March kicked off with a day at Christopher Newport University’s Writers’ Conference. I was there mostly on official business (namely, researching for my day job which includes writing a weekly column about the writing community), but I had purchased table space to sell books. I spent a chunk of time wandering around the other tables, chatting with local authors whom I’d met…

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My Writing Process ~ The Blog Tour

I’d first like to thank fantasy/paranormal romance author Denise Golinowski  for asking me to participate in this blog tour. She had some cool things to say about writing the her shape-shifting characters on her blog last week, so stop by if you get a chance. What am I working on? I’m currently working on the sequel to my first book, Surrender to Sanctuary. That’s a story about two FBI agents (Anna Parker and David Owens)…

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Lessons of a novice author panelist

A couple Sundays ago I had the privilege of participating in the Fall for the Book event in Fairfax, Virginia. I was wearing two hats for the day:  the first as organizer for the two romance panels (historical and suspense), and second as a first-time panelist on the suspense panel (Ticking Clocks: How to create pressure-cooker moments in fiction). As far as events go, I’ve been organizing these types of things in my day job for…

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Resolutions schmesolutions

I never know in advance what I’m going to write about from week to week. Usually something has to strike me on a deep, emotional level for me to care enough to want to impose my thoughts on “the world.”  Some weeks the ideas jump at me from the front pages. Other weeks topics are sparked by a casual conversation. And some weeks, my idea bank is empty and I have to go trolling for…

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Six Sentence Sunday ~ 12/11

Happy Six Sentence Sunday, everyone! This week I’m back to Jack and Rachael, but back to the beginning, to Jack’s first glimpse of Rachael. (I just love those first sightings!) He’s channel surfing with the remote in his hand, starts to click, then sees her on the screen. __________________________ Before he could depress the button, the camera switched to the guest—the woman, the shrink—and he stopped mid-click, captivated. His hand fell to his side as…

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Really? A blog about words??

About six months ago I started a blog called “A Voice from Silence” intended to dump all the angst inside my soul onto the world. (Lucky world!) It’s been wonderful, a fertile ground for me to get my thoughts on “paper,” and think about new story ideas, or story elements. They tend to be more serious topics, things that really bother me that I think others might share. Every once in a while, though, a…

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Indie publishing: The real reason I did it

It’s only Monday morning and I’m already exhausted–not a good sign when the work-week is stretching before me like the first mile of a marathon. The worst part? There’s no particular reason for my fatigue. No big weekend behind me, causing me to run from one activity to another. No special events that spent my emotional stamina. I didn’t even attempt to tackle the dust bunnies running rampant through my house. No, I spent the…

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Thank you, New Jersey

New Jersey gets a bad rap. I know that because I spent most of my growing and adult years in the state named for its gardens but known for its highways. It’s the state where I raised my children, the state where I learned to drive, learned to cook (well, sort of), and learned the love of writing. So it’s fitting, to me, that it’s the state where I was reminded, this past weekend, of…

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Leaps of Faith ~ Here I Go Again!

Have you ever done something risky just because you felt in your heart of hearts it was the right thing to do? Maybe if you’re the praying type, you prayed first. If you’re the type who listens to your gut, maybe your gut told you it was the right thing to do. Maybe your loved ones supported you, or maybe they called your decision foolish, or even stupid. Still others might have called it a…

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