A Novel Approach to Writing and Reading Fiction

I’ve never heard anyone say writing a novel was easy. The fact that so many aspiring authors have trouble completing the task gave Christine Smith and Jessie Kwak the brilliant idea to form Four Windows Books. ...more
stephliebold ragazzadevino thanks for the advice :)more

Reflection of a Stranger: Prologue Share

My Strangers series is ready to have the THIRD novel added to the mix! Compliments from a Stranger was written two years ago and I wrote most of Stranger in Pursuit this past April. Now, I’m ready to dive into Reflection of a Stranger…I think....more

New Releases to Read Right Now Based On Your Favorite Books From Last Year

What can last year's favorite books tell you about what you should read this year? Let's gather some suggestions for books you'll love this year based on the titles that kept you turning pages in 2013. No Country ...more
Ohhh. There are several here that I need to check out. A few I hadn't even heard of! Great post!more

DOs and DON'Ts of Deep POV

What deep POV isDeep POV (Point of View) has been increasing in publishing for the last 20 years or so, and it’s getting more pop...more

Camp NaNoWriMo - 3rd Visit!

It's official. In about 90 minutes, I will slowly begin to lose my mind...and develop a third novel. For the month of July, I've decided to throw myself into a fabulous summer camp - Camp NaNoWriMo!...more

On the problems of writing fiction

When it comes to my own writing, I would have to say that my favourite style - the type of writing I most enjoy doing, the one that seems to "fit" me best - is creative non-fiction. That said, I've always been a little (no, a LOT) envious of people who have the ability to write fiction, and have often wished a little wistfully that I had that particular gift myself. ...more
ksmueller Thank you for understanding... kind of glad I'm not alone! :)more

The Inspiration Behind Award Winning Historical Romance Novel

It’s interesting to know the inspiration behind the book that authors write. Some authors are inspired by an event in their lives or by something they’ve read in a newspaper. Others have dreams that motivate a new story. In my case, it was personal. I had a heartrending experience that I never forgot. This experience was the inspiration for my award winning romance novel....more

The World of Make Believe

Many times our every day lives can overwhelm us and we desperately need a break. Being a wife, homemaker, and mother can be a challenge and some days we feel discouraged. That’s the time when we would like to enter the world of Make-Believe. Perhaps after we do the dishes, change a diaper, and put our children down for a nap, we may have a couple hours to read a novel and slip into that make-believe world; a world of escape when our frustrations are high and we desperately need a break and a place to relax so we can be ready for the next go-around with our children....more

Love Letter to Bob Curvin

Lately I get up in the morning, drink a bunch of coffee, listen to the birdies singing, look at lovely Lake Champlain and write about race riots. More specifically, I write about one race riot — the one in Newark, New Jersey in July 1967. It’s for my novel, People Who Hate America, in which the riots figure pretty prominently....more

What If?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately.  That’s the kind of thing that happens while you sit at your desk, knitting until your fingers and wrists go numb, watching millions of images load ever so slowly on your dino-dial-ups for Pintrest.  There’s been topics fluttering in my mind, words to mash out on this blank screen… but knitting doesn’t work well with typing.  You loose your count and your train of thought all at one time.  Trust me....more
Get it, girl!more