It’s Award Season – Time for a Quiz

It’s January, so it must be awards season.  I watched one such show and noted once again the connection to books.  Lots of biographies this year.  That made me wonder.  What films are based on mysteries?   After a bit of research, I recognized some but not all.  It seems like the trend of changing the name of the film from the name of the book died out at some point.  Likely since marketing both under the same name makes more sense.   Still there were enough that I thought would fill out a short quiz – and we haven’t done that… Continue reading

Time to Edit — Tips from the Web

Across one of my bookshelves, there’s a line of fat white notebooks, each one bearing a zippy, call-to-action name: “How to Write Compelling Dialogue. “Building Blocks of Great Fiction.” “How to Create a Page Turner.” ”The Secrets of Deep POV.” Many readers will recognize these titles as courses offered by some of the best in the wordsmithing business — Pat Kaye, Virginia Kantra, Steve Alcorn, and Mary Buckham, among others. When I decided to transition from jack-of-all-trades writer to mystery author, I sopped up every drop of information these folks could give me. Now, as I’m headed for… Continue reading

Where Have I Been?

CalendarThe past writing month has been full speed ahead marketing my first book, a cozy mystery called Three May Keep a Secret. During the week before Christmas, I did seven book signings, two of them with talks; two radio interviews; and two newspaper interviews. This is what happens when your first novel comes out two weeks before Christmas. It’s a great time to sell books, but it results in total exhaustion…a good exhaustion. My first novel is already in its third printing even though it has only been released to… Continue reading

A Writer’s Journey

Looking back over this past year, I see so much progress in my writing. The first signpost is my attitude. When someone asks me what I do, I tell them that I’m a teacher and a writer. Previously, I thought of myself as a woman who enjoyed writing stories.

Believing in myself is huge, and it happened gradually as I immersed myself in the writing world. I credit my new self-confidence to the people in my writing groups. Like me, they aspire to fulfill the promise of an entertaining read for everyone who buys their book.

Each of us… Continue reading

Digital Library Trends

libraryAs a writer, I think in terms of getting words on the page and telling the stories.  But I also realize that being aware of what’s going on in the business is important, especially since it seems to be changing so rapidly.   One area that has been discussed a lot by authors is how e-books fit into the library system.

Michael Kozlowski’s article Digital Library Trends for 2015 has some interesting information.  The report quotes a report by Library Journal that… Continue reading

Change

new docA year ago, in an effort to stop me from gnashing my teeth about things I couldn’t change, my doctor took the (extreme) step of forbidding me to engage in politics. Since I live outside the States and can no longer participate directly, this effectively slammed the door on reading about politics, or talking about politics, or even listening to other people talk about politics.

Unlike my previous life, where I was a player, now geography and my physician were forcing me to sit on the sidelines and not… Continue reading

Strategies for 2015

I began drafting this blog post with the intention to write about my plans for 2015, but then I started thinking about how making plans doesn’t mean that they will work out at all.

Trite sayings like “best laid plans of mice and men”, “God laughs when we make plans”, etc., etc., popped into my head.  I’m not sure why I am hesitating to make plans for this year because I’ve always believed that to realize dreams, goals have to be set; and to reach goals, plans must be made.

I’ve never been an overly obsessive planner despite… Continue reading