Writing Tips

When the Gazillionth Pass Through Your Manuscript Tries to Kill You

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Blog, Writing Tips | 0 comments

There are some who are lucky enough to write a novel and make it beautiful in two or three drafts. (Secretly, I loathe them. Why can’t I do that?!) Most of us, on the other hand, spend months and months, sometimes years, perfecting our works. By the time we’ve seen that story seven or eight or twenty times, not only are we too close to the story, but we may even hate it a little. How do we push through the weariness, bleariness, and general over-saturated brain fuzzies? Well, I like...

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When Rejection is Necessary, or I Reject All the Fear

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog, Writing Tips | 2 comments

I’ve been absent…this happens to the best of us, especially when working under deadline for our publisher. But a big part of my issue is all that blogging I do elsewhere! From now on, dear readers, I will post a snippet of what I’m working on here and you can follow the link to the end of the rainbow. Today I’m blogging over at the wonderful blog, Writers in the Storm, about writerly fear. So here we go…   When Rejection is Necessary, or I Reject All the...

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What’s in a Writing Process? Here’s Mine + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Blog, Contests & Hops, Writing Tips | 2 comments

I’ve been tagged! Judith Starkston, author of Hand of Fire (Fireship Press, September 2014) invited me to participate in a blog hop tour to talk about my writing process. Many other authors are doing the same! I’d love to hear about your own process in the comments. To kick off the hop, I’m giving away three signed copies of BECOMING JOSEPHINE on Goodreads this week. Be sure to ENTER HERE. Without further ado, my process! What are you working on? I just finished revising my...

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Writing & Touring Retreat in Ireland: Registration Open

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Blog, Writing Tips | 0 comments

I am so pleased to announce I will be leading a writer’s retreat in Galway, Ireland this summer. Both beginner and advanced writers are invited to attend, (though by beginner, this means a work must be in progress in a real way). Group workshops as well as one-on-one meetings will be scheduled to discuss pages and if interested, platform and marketing advice. **** I will be reading and editing pages in advance so I may be able to properly tailor the coursework for the group. If everyone...

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A Book Deal & Much Excitement about Rodin’s Lover

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Blog, Writing Tips | 2 comments

I am so excited to share this amazing news with you! (I’m cartwheeling all over the place!) My second novel, RODIN’S LOVER, a book about art, love, and madness, will follow the story of Camille Claudel, sculptress, lover, and collaborator to Auguste Rodin set to the backdrop of 1880’s Paris. The book will be published by Plume/Penguin once again as a winter title of 2015. This book has been a labor of love so I’m THRILLED to share it with you! The pictures I have...

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Fear in Writing and in Life

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Blog, Writing Tips | 0 comments

Happy Halloween! As per usual these days, I’m blogging elsewhere on the net. Today I’m at The Debutante Ball talking what scares me most in writing and in life. Here’s a preview:   In honor of Halloween, we’re talking about what we’re afraid of here at The Ball. I suppose we should begin with fear. Fear is a disease. It starts off in one tiny little cell and blooms like black mold feeding on its host, consuming cell after cell until your body is racked with it and you...

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