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No Two Authors

As it turns out, just as no two authors write the same books, nor do any of us work the same. Put four authors in a condo for a weekend and you will observe four very different methods of composing a novel. Let’s take a look.

There are generally two kinds of writers: Plotter and Pantsers. Neither is better than the other, it is just how we approach the story. A plotter likes to have the story points laid out beforehand, a roadmap one might say of what will happen from A to Z. Some writers have detailed a synopsis … Read more »

Five Things about Cecilia Grant

I always love meeting debut authors. They have that starry-eyed glow about them. And of course, it gives us all a chance to discover a new favorite author. So let’s start the New Year off right with debut author, Cecilia Grant and Five Things:

1. Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been? I once journeyed by bus from Aberystwyth, on the Welsh seacoast, to the inland mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. I was traveling alone, and didn’t know anybody in either place (I’d sort of picked them off the map), so it was just me and the craggy, … Read more »

Winner. . . New giveaway

Got a whole bunch of work to do this week–so I am going to make this quick and get right to business. I have a winner from last week and two boxes to giveaway this week. So check and see if you won and make sure to comment and enter below for a chance to win one of this week’s prizes.

Last week’s winner is Commenter #39, Linda, who posted the following:

Linda says:
November 28, 2011 at 10:00 PM (Edit)
Christmas songs are all so lovely; it’s hard to pick one fav but probably “Hark the herald angels sing”
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The Holiday Rush is ON

Did you survive Thanksgiving? And if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, are you looking forward to the next few weeks of Christmas music, shopping, gatherings and good cheer? I am. This is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year. So let’s start off the Season with a giveaway:

This week’s drawing (in honor of the holidays!) is for a Chapters book bag filled with, what else, books–a number of them signed, along with some fun author swag!

This is how you can enter for a chance to win:

1) Leave a comment below and tell me what is your … Read more »

Five Things about Eileen Dreyer

Eileen Dreyer, who has also written as Kathleen Korbel, and I have bumped into each other for years. At teas and conferences and always take the chance to catch up on our shared love of travel, Ireland and Broadways shows. So I knew if you didn’t know Eileen yet, you needed to meet her. She’s in one word a “hoot!” Here are Five Things about Eileen Dreyer:

1. Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been
Wow. So many in the world, but I’d have to say Venice. I’ve dreamed of going there my whole life, and we were
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Five Things about Lauren Willig

I’ve enjoyed Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series for years, so I was a little starstruck to meet her this summer in New York and all-too-thrilled that she wanted to be a part of Five Things. So without further ado, Five Things About Lauren Willig:

1. Did you have a nickname growing up?
In college, one of my best guy friends used to call me “Emma”, because of my tendency to meddle (constructively!) in peoples’ love lives. Well, at least it was mostly constructive. Some of my best match-making has been done by misdirection. I had a particular talent for accidentally
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Kiss & Teal

Say the words “ovarian cancer” to a group of women and they will fall silent–for good reason. Most of them probably know someone–a dear friend, their own mother, a neighbor–who was lost to this “Silent Killer.” Silence is what kills us, and it is about time we upped the chatter. My publisher, Avon Books has teamed up with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and designated six of their September titles as Kiss & Teal books to help get the word out. But more about them in a moment.

As I said, it seems like every woman knows (or will know) … Read more »

More Answers from "You Asked"

So to keep up with your questions, (which I should tell you, there were 6 pages worth!!!) today I am going to answer the ones posited by Ebony Morton. I thought they were particularly perfect for right now as I struggle through finishing a book and wonder what the heck I am doing.

My husband says I always do this, and I wish he wouldn’t always remind me. I prefer my short term memory when it comes to deadlines.

So here are Ebony’s excellent questions:

Do you have all your stories planned out before you write them or do they Read more »

Inspiration, Favorites, Critics and What's Next

Today’s Facebook questions come from Adelaide Hsu, who asked the following:

What inspires you?

Everything and anything. I am constantly amazed at what offers inspiration. The street names on a freeway sign. A particular reading at mass. A photo in a magazine. An overheard conversation in Starbucks. The characters themselves. I’ve always been the sort of person who can’t stop with one question–I tend to take that kernel of inspiration and start pondering a thousand and one questions about it until a more fully formed story grows around it. Sometimes that turns into a book and other times, the idea … Read more »

And then the Unpacking

Okay, I am not all that fond of the unpacking either. My husband is a restless sort who cannot rest when we come home until he is completely and utterly unpacked. Everything has to be sorted out and put back in place. I don’t know how we ended up married sometimes, because I linger over unpacking as much as I linger over the original packing.

But what I shouldn’t be lingering over is the story:  Please let me say outright that RomCon rocked! It was bar none, the best reader’s conference I’ve ever attended. Wonderful readers, great organization (I mean, … Read more »

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