Recently I made a trip to the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. Now, normally I detest all things Mafia related but some things can’t be avoided forever (especially if it means research for a story). While sitting through the little intro movie that the museum presented the narrator proclaimed “But some wanted to take a… Continue reading Italians, The Mafia and The Pitfalls of One Sided History
Growing up, Romance Novels meant my 13-year-old self, slinking off to the tiny library inside my Grandma Helen’s condo building in Chicago. I’d sneak a well-worn book with a cover featuring a beautiful, heavily-bosomed woman straddling a gallant horse or traipsing through a grand old-world castle with an equally beautiful man she wanted nothing to… Continue reading The Case for Romance Novels, A Guest Post by Holly Kammier
This year is my first year not doing National November Writer’s Month (Nanowrimo) in a long time and I can honestly say: It feels weird. It’s November first and I should be creating something new. I should be obsessing over a brand new plot. However, what I am currently obsessing over are edits for one book. Outlining the… Continue reading A Little Nanowrimo Advice To Get You Going
The question came up during the discussion portion of Her Space at Boca de Oro. “Do you take into consideration the likeability of your characters when you are writing?” The authors all looked at each other for a few moments as they thought about how to answer. Finally, Erin Lindsay McCabe responded, “But I have… Continue reading Likeability and The Characters We Create
The Ramones have been stuck in my head all day. “Twenty, twenty-four hours to go, I want to be sedated.” And that’s pretty much where I am at. We have an awesome night planned. Here is a sneak peek at our schedule for the night: 6:00-6:05 Introductions 6:05-7:30 Readings from Erin Lindsay McCabe, D. Helene, Chad… Continue reading T Minus 24hrs to Boca de Oro!
Recently one of the members in a writers group I belong to posted a question asking if fellow authors would or had used a website called Writing in the Margins. The tagline of the site is Helping Underrepresented Stories Find Their Place. As a novelist who believes we need diverse books, I was dismayed by… Continue reading Guest Post: We Need To Talk About Sensitivity By V.E. Ulett
If you have read Julie K.Rose’s book Dido’s Crown you’ll see she is a master at creating a flawed heroine that we can all love. So naturally, when I asked her to do a guest post for me I wanted it to be on this topic. *** Why do we write? Why do we read? Well,… Continue reading Creating Flawed Heroines, Guest Post by Julie K. Rose