Favorite The Beginning of It All

When I first began writing, everything was about extremes. I focused on making my characters as beautiful they could be, having as much fun and excitement as possible, and the bottom line was that I kept myself entertained. I wrote because … Continue reading

Looking Back

I am now a little more than two weeks away from launching Moonlight and Oranges. But before I go into more of that, please join me in welcoming the glorious, smashing cover design for Moonlight and Oranges, designed for me … Continue reading

Networking and Art

If you’re anything like me, you cringe when you hear that the cocktail party or social gathering is designed to be a ‘networking’ event.  Oh no!  Not one of those, you inwardly groan. Maybe your next step is to worry whether your business cards … Continue reading

Learning from Your Own Writing

My best lessons and indicators for what I should improve or refine in my work are sitting right in front of me, plain as day, in my last creation. In my case, this means that directions for improving my writing can … Continue reading

Red-Letter Day

According to Wikipedia, a red-letter day is any day of significance and my goodness did I have one! Last week I sent out my normal batch of query letters via email.  This is  part of my marketing plan, which entails sending … Continue reading

What Am I Trying to Say?

An Examination of Themes, Messages, and Armatures Every story should have some kind of message, theme, thrust, main point, etc.  You may consider the prior sentence as just an opinion, but hear what I have to say and then disagree, if … Continue reading

Metaphors in Your Writing

Language works on many levels: literal, metaphorical, poetical.  As writers, we must beware of the breadth of its uses, and it behooves us to be comfortable with all of them.  A strict commercial writer (think freelance articles for magazines) would … Continue reading

Turning an Idea into a Story

Most published authors can’t avoid the interview question–where do your ideas come from?  The frequently give the simple  (often maddening to beginning writers) reply of “Everywhere.” If you’ve read or listened to interviews, you’ll hear stories of inspiration striking authors while driving, taking … Continue reading