Favorite Line Fridays

"Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens." Carlos Ruiz Zafon, THE SHADOW …

Ever Wondered How to LOSE an Agent?

Many writers I know are currently seeking an agent, love their agent, or at the very least, tolerate the one they have. Not many would intentionally try to lose their agent. And most agents are not looking to lose good writers. But that relationship is like any other - complicated. So how can a writer …

Sometimes your writing is like leftovers…better the next day.

I love chili and stew and all things soup. While I often make them from scratch, they are also a great vehicle for leftovers. I don't know about you, but to me, leftovers always taste better the next day. Lately, I've been thinking the same thing about my writing. I've been on a roll - writing …

What’s in a Name: What to do when the title of your new novel is already taken?

The title of a book can do so many things. Most importantly, it can attract readers. Sometimes the title alone can make you read the summary and hopefully, buy the book. A bad or strange title can also make you skip over that book entirely. I mean, Yellow Foam might be a great thriller, but …

The Idea Behind the Hybrid Author Website

Okay. So, I've already written a couple of times that I believed I needed an official author website in addition to a writing/author blog.  My blog, started in January of 2012, was titled The Dog Ate My Novel (a nod to all the questions from friends and family as to WHEN my first novel would …

New & Improved Author Blog (to come): The Long and Short of It

I've taken a few months off of social media (sort of) to work on my second novel, Stay of Execution. I say "sort of" because I'm still a scroller and see many of the blogs I follow, glance at the twitter feed, and peruse pictures of loved ones on Instagram and FB. However, I have …