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My Kingdom For a Horse

On January 1, we said goodbye to an old and very dear friend. His name was Tucker, an American Quarter Horse, a few months short of 30 years old. He belonged to my younger daughter Elizabeth, though he had lived … Continue reading

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SWEET RELEASE

Today I am sharing a blog post by Bishop O’Connell, a friend and colleague at Harper Voyager, who is celebrating the release of  his fourth book July 12! His series is known for its incredibly beautiful  book covers and exciting plots which are … Continue reading

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It’s Me!

My Interview With HarperVoyager

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NEVER GIVE UP!!

Today is a significant anniversary for me! Exactly one year ago today, Natasha Bardon, editor extraordinaire at HarperCollins UK office, emailed me to say she would be “delighted” to offer me a contract for my adult fantasy, Among Wolves!! Wait, maybe we should back … Continue reading

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Voyager Valentine’s Day Character Dating Contest!

  To enter the Voyager Valentine’s Day Character Dating Contest, read the dating profiles in this entry of 2 characters from my forthcoming novel Among Wolves (HarperCollins UK May 2015) then ‘match’ any one of them with a character from the author blogs … Continue reading

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Fledgling Wordsmiths

I have the privilege of working with two groups of young writers at my library. I am continually astounded by their amazing creativity! They grasp subtle elements of plot construction and characterization so easily. Their viewpoints are uniquely fresh and … Continue reading

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Writer’s Holiday

Writing must be a disease. I met three deadlines this week and have a weekend free of the hustle and stress of trying to finish a manuscript (or three or four). I could be gardening, painting, or (God forbid) cleaning … Continue reading

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First Impressions

First impressions are everything! How often have you heard it said that if you can’t grab an editor’s attention on the first page, the rest of your manuscript won’t be read. This isn’t just true of editors either. How often … Continue reading

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Writing in the Check Out Line

Details enrich writing. Fortunately, they aren’t hard to find. Material is constantly available, ready to be mixed into whatever literary concoction you are working on. Gather characters and images while you stand in line at the grocery store: That sobbing baby who pats his … Continue reading

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Winter Evenings

Dark  winter evenings draw us inexorably inward, just as people used to gather to hear stories around a crackling fire. We may think times have changed but we still crave the warmth and comfort of the metaphorical hearth when the … Continue reading

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