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Heather Graham

Heather Graham – Write What You Know

September 17, 2019 6:56 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Heather Graham is a highly successful New York Times bestselling author of over 200 novels and novellas. Her work crosses many genres: romance, thriller, mystery, horror, paranormal. She lives in Miami and was the guest speaker at the Florida Romance Writers monthly meeting this past Saturday. She spoke from a... read more

Jan Cox Speas

Jan Cox Speas: One of My Heroes

May 15, 2018 1:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re a writer or any other kind of artist you might like to take a look at Austin Kleon‘s Show Your Work! which addresses the pleasures and perils of creativity in the age of the Internet. One of his suggestions is for writers to share their influences. I regularly share... read more

Julie Tetel Andresen guest blog welcomes Jan Romes

Jan Romes: Feed My Romantic Side

March 9, 2018 2:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Today is a guest blog by romance writer Jan Romes. Writers, regardless of the genre they write, thirst for real life situations and real characters to give truth and zest to their fictional stories. That’s where I found myself at the beginning of 2018. I wanted and needed something genuine... read more

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross – a Pioneer

August 18, 2017 10:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004) was a pioneer on death and dying. My blog focuses on travel and writing and other upbeat topics. However, today I’m taking up the downbeat topic of dying because in the last few weeks I’ve been speaking with people who have recently lost loved ones, and I hope... read more

first-person narration

First-Person Narration and the Novel

March 3, 2017 7:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I originally published this article on my Goodreads page and I’m reposting it here. It centers on first-person narration. It is a truism that many first novels are written in first-person narration. This choice makes sense for a couple of reasons. For one, the first-time novelist is probably bursting with the... read more

authorial distance

Authorial Distance and Margaret Atwood

February 13, 2015 4:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On Christmas Day 2014 I listened to an interview Diane Rehm had with Margaret Atwood about her new story collection Stone Mattress: Nine Tales. The interview made me aware of the differences in authorial distance. Note: The original NPR airdate was November 10, 2014. During the interview Atwood read the... read more