From Genre to Genre

The Bearwood Series has been one heck of a journey. As I type this now, book 2 is almost ready to be sent to my heavenly critique partners. I still have the third installment to work on—the final installment and then I’ll be moving on to a new project. I really can’t say how I’ll…

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An Incredible Journey

Safe to say, that being long listed for an award has sunk in now. I was on a total high when I wrote my last blog post, and while I’m still on a high, I’m not so giddy. But, hey – we’re all crazy really, right? Even if I go no further, it’s been an…

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A Creative Week

As the working week draws to a close, I feel a lot has been accomplished this week. I rarely think about things like this, but a post I read on another blog got me thinking! My husband survived his first week of work and he loved it. He’s doing a bricklaying apprenticeship. He already had…

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A peek at my WIP ‘Finding Immortal’ and my battle with ‘the pit’

For the last few days I’ve been in a funk. You know that point where you can no longer form a coherent sentence? Where any words you string together are a bit crap, or even a lot crap. And even those times where you seem to be able to kill it when writing dialogue but…

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The Life Stages of a Pantsers Manuscript

A friend of mine is faced with having to write her first full-length novel for a few years. It’s not going to be a problem for her – well, she thinks it will be, but her words are so epic that I know it’ll be fantastic once it’s done, even if she hits some rocks…

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People Appreciation

My amazing critique partner, Kathy, wrote a post this week about some of the things she’s experienced on the road to getting published. It’s a great article, and you can read it here. Throughout most of Kathy’s writing life, she’s been flying solo, doing it all herself, with very little (as in zero) in the…

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Poking an Editors Brains: Kate Foster

A few weeks back I wrote a post called The Army Behind the Writer. Scores of people from beta readers, critique partners and editors work hard to help knock each book into shape. With that in mind, I decided I wanted to hear from one of these people. Editors spend a huge amount of time…

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Slug Spaghetti

There are some things I do well (The Vulcan salute), some things I excel at (forgetting to tell my husband important things) some things I’m just okay at (Staying vertical for any length of time) and a lot of things I completely suck at. Imagine the scene: You’re standing in the school playground, you’re hairs…

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The Army Behind The Writer

About a year ago, I sat down and started writing a book based on a scene that played in my head. It took a long, long time to write it. Eleven months, to be exact and boy oh boy, did I learn A LOT along the way. I feel bad for my early Beta’s –…

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A rare glance inside my WIP 7.7.7

After the craziness of PitchSlam it’s nice to focus on something else. PitchSlam was great fun, full of amazing people and you’ve just got to love the slush readers and captains for providing feedback to ALL of the entrants. Slush competitions are awesome opportunities for people looking for an agent. I have met some truly…

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