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Ambition Isn’t Easy

When I was young, I wasn’t what you’d call particularly ambitious. I was raised by a very traditional family. If my mom wanted more than to be a good wife and mother, she didn’t say so out loud. She considered … Continue reading

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News and a Campaign for Romance Quality

First the news.  The Tuscan Vineyard continuity has a name!  It’s called THE VINEYARDS OF CALANETTI.  The eight book saga, which details love and adventure in the Tuscan village of Monte Calanetti kicks off July 1 with Susan Meier’s A … Continue reading

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The Great Outside Office Experiment

Making a living as a writer means spending a lot of time by yourself in front of a computer.  Some days, this is awesome, as you can distract yourself with email, Twitter and Internet surfing.  Other days, it’s bad because … Continue reading

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Barb Town

One upon a time there was a place called Barb Town.  I created it in our spare bedroom around seven or eight years ago when I decided I needed  a place to work, and it was a pretty awesome place. … Continue reading

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The Most Important Writing Tip

Of all the writing tips and advice a writer will receive in his/her lifetime, this, in my opinion, is the most important: There is no one right way to writing a book.  Some writers intricately plot their stories, some fly by … Continue reading

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Five Favorite Quotes from Art & Fear by Bayles & Orland

Last week I mentioned that I was re-reading my copy of Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland as preparation for moving out of my comfort zone.  This week, as I continue to circle page 1 of the super-seekrit … Continue reading

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The Path to Writing Success

For a while now, I’ve advocated the turtle method of writing success. Slow and steady wins the race.  It’s something I learned from listening to Brenda Novak speak: To make the best progress, keep your head down and focus on … Continue reading

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Life During the Downtime

I finished Larissa’s story on Monday and sent it off to the lovely Flo (she who makes me look brilliant) for reviewing.  Sadly, I’ve already dropped the ball on one of my 2014 goals which was to give her a … Continue reading

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Snow Day

It used to be that a snow day meant Tattoo was home from school.  So now that he’s in college, you’d think a snow day would involve nothing more than me curled up with my Alphasmart while the snow piled … Continue reading

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Writing Productivity 2

An Interview with Maisey Yates USA TODAY Bestselling author, Maisey Yates, and I sold within months of each other.  In fact, we were both plucked from the slush pile by the same editor.  Now I could be bitter and jealous … Continue reading

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