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APPEARANCES: LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS 2015 AUTHORS

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I am off and running again and making another author appearance! If you are attending the 2015 LA Times Festival of Books this weekend, I hope you will take some time to visit me in the Brick Cave Books booth #156, located near of the Poetry Stage.

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For your writing craft and publishing hunger: Jane Friedman’s Blog

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BUSY HANDS: KEEPING THE CREATIVE WRITING MIND-FULL

IMG_4433A few weeks ago, my fabulous beta readers had my newest manuscript and I needed a mind break to keep myself from futzing with it while I waited for their feedback.

What’s a creative mind to do?

If you’re like me, you need to keep your creative juices flowing, and your hands busy. So, when I’m not writing, I generally find myself doing other—more visual or mechanical—things.

Don’t get me wrong, I love creative writing, but I wasn’t quite ready to leap back into the other WIP.

So, when my daughter mentioned she was looking for a Princess dress for the grandbaby’s first birthday, and since I love sewing and costuming, I jumped in with both feet. Continue reading

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SEVEN THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MY WRITING

Butterflies 7This is actually a FB meme I was tagged on by awesome author (and all-around amazing writing friend) Gini Koch, wherein I was challenged to write seven things about my writing that people don’t know. And I thought it would also make a great Blog post. So, here are:

Seven Things You May Not Know About My Writing:

1)When asked where my ideas come from, I answer honestly, “from the voices in my head.” Truth. All my work is character driven. So, in that respect, I am a total pantser, meaning I write by the seat of my pants. This means I feel a lot like a journalist, following my characters around and writing down what they do and say. Continue reading

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WRITING FICTION: WHERE DO I START?

Checkered flag“I have an idea for a book, but where do I start?”

I have been getting this question a lot lately. My answer is always the same.

As to the key portion of this question, you start anywhere. When writing fiction, I always start with character. Other authors start with plot, and yet others with a concept or an idea. No starting point is wrong. Wait. Let me rephrase that. The only bad starting point is no starting point. In other words, there is no wrong place to start, but in order to write, you must start somewhere.

I have a tendency to write my way into story, often discovering who my characters are along the way. This means that sometimes, what I thought was chapter three ends up being chapter one and what I thought was chapter one ends up being pulled from the story. Continue reading

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TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS 2015 (TFOB)!

Booth Crew 2015Brick Cave Books rocked the TFOB (Tucson Festival of Books 2015) and the fans rocked my world!

I do wish I had been able to get around and see more of my fabu writing friends, but the Brick Cave Books booth was nearly nonstop selling and signing both days.

Special thanks to Jenn Labuz (Sith Lord of the book booth) as well as hearty thanks to those who managed to steal a moment out from their own busy book schedules to stop by, especially the lovely Maryelizabeth Hart?, talented YA author Natalie Wright?, the incredible Ann Chamberlin, and so many others my mind is a blur.

Fan high point: Meeting a reader who got the deep read on Healer’s Legacy. Jasmine, you set my writer’s heart aflutter!

Sunday’s high point? Meeting Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia’s fabulous daughter and her family, who after sharing some lovely stories about her father bought one of my books for their granddaughter. Life is just ah-mazing!

Next stop DEVCON! FREE EVENT, March 21-22 on the ASU West Campus, where I have the following panel schedule:

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