Category Archives: Book Reviews

Excerpt from AUTUMN COLORS

Autumn Colors was my first published novel. I don’t talk about my own books often enough, or so I’m told. Generally speaking, I don’t like to repeat myself a lot. But I’m working on a submission for the Snowflakes In A … Continue reading

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CAN YOU DO TOO MANY REWRITES?

When you finish a manuscript, the hard work is just beginning. I wrote last week about my experience with coming full circle with critiques and rewrites of my opening pages of Gram & Me. Three critiques, three resulting re-writes, and … Continue reading

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THE JOY OF COMPLETING A NOVEL

I’ve been working on Gram & Me for over two years. I thought, once I retired, that I’d pump out a new manuscript at least every year, if not every six months. I certainly have enough ideas to keep them … Continue reading

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Drawing a Blank Can Be A Good Thing

Better than a destructive, bridge-burning eruption! In early 2015 I wrote about the value of having multiple impartial parties critique and edit your writing. You, as the writer, are too close to see your writing clearly. At the time, I had just … Continue reading

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FEELING A NOVEL

People read for different reasons. Lovers of non-fiction are absorbed by history or science or politics – or whatever topic draws their interest. Lovers of the novel vary just as much, with some drawn to science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, … Continue reading

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WHERE DO WRITING IDEAS COME FROM?

I’m often surprised by the number of people who ask me where I get my ideas for novels. To me, they come naturally – life experiences, special people, news stories – ideas are everywhere. For example, the idea for my first novel, … Continue reading

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THE VALUE OF PROFESSIONAL AND PEER CRITIQUES OF YOUR WRITING

We work hard at our writing. And if we keep working, there’s a good chance we will get better at it. But there’s also the chance of not being objective about something that doesn’t work – perhaps because it is … Continue reading

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HIGH PRAISE FOR IN HER MOTHER’S SHOES!

I’m pleased to announce that In Her Mother’s Shoes is now available in another format – for iPAD! So as of this week you can purchase In Her Mother’s Shoes four ways: Kindle, and Nook, and the iPAD store, directly … Continue reading

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BOOKS AND AUTHORS – NOVEL READS

Check out Sofia Essen’s new website and blog at http://www.novel-reads.blogspot.com/. She features interviews with authors, book reviews, and her own periodic blog posting. It’s a beautiful site that reflects what must have been hours (days?) of research and effort. And … Continue reading

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WHAT PRICE, CRITIQUES?

I have been negligent in my postings! Between being very busy with my full time job and, for the past two weeks, being on my first real vacation in many years, it just hasn’t fit into my schedule. My apologies … Continue reading

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