May 26, 2016

Mastering the art of writing dialogue that is compelling, reveals character, and sounds real is a “must” for new authors.  The dialogue in your novel can make or break your chances with agents, publishers and readers.  Clever and credible dialogue could be the one thin...

March 10, 2016

When While You Were Mine was selected by Amazon as a Kindle First pick for March, I had no idea what to expect.  I'm both thrilled and gratified by the respons

February 11, 2016

The powerful story of one woman's passion in a world at war.

Olivia Dunne, a studious minister's daughter who dreams of becoming an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. But when an exhilarating flirtation res...

October 24, 2014

The powerful story of one woman's passion in a world at war. Olivia Dunne, a studious minister's daughter who dreams of becoming an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. But when an exhilarating flirtation re...

October 16, 2014

Many of you who are in search of representation have probably read that agents are looking for writing that shows “a strong original voice.” The question is: What do they mean? What exactly is a strong original voice?

A writing voice employs the author’s style, tone and...

August 12, 2014

There's a reason why Barbara Kingsolver is one of our most beloved authors.  This week I decided to revisit one of her earlier novels, Animal Dreams.  Although not as well known as The Poisonwood Bible, this work of hers contains the same lovely language, mystical tone...

May 12, 2014

Last week I spent my free time in the company of two excellent novels.  The first, I Always Loved you, written by Robin Oliveira, tells the story of the relationship between artists Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas.  It's a riveting fictionalized account that contains some...

May 10, 2014

A common question I’m asked by debut authors is, “How do I find an agent?” In today’s market, it’s almost essential to find representation, particularly if you’ve written adult fiction and want to publish it with a large traditional publisher. I find that, even with th...

May 10, 2014

A hook sentence, often called a narrative hook or literary hook, is a sentence in the first paragraph of the manuscript that either asks a questions or makes the reader ask a question and therefore captivates the reader. Frequently it is the first sentence of the book.

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May 10, 2014

Does your book feature a well-developed protagonist? The reader must feel as if he or she knows your leading character well in order to develop empathy and care about what transpires over the course of the book. Some of the essentials to make this happen are:

1. Give yo...

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