Tag Archives: writing

WHAT I GOT FROM KINDLE SCOUT

First, let me be clear about what I didn’t get: a contract with Kindle Press.  Nope, I didn’t get enough votes to have my novel, The Depth of Beauty, promoted by that entity.  Was I disappointed about that? Sure.  For a while at least. I put a lot of effort (or so I thought) into […]

DISCOVERING THAT ONE GREAT IDEA

Seven Concepts Writers Can Learn From Gold Prospectors In August I spent a weekend with cousins from Ohio who were visiting the wilds of Idaho near where I live.  We took an afternoon to pan for gold above the resort town of Donnelly, which is part of the Boise National Forest. No, we didn’t stop […]

Why Kindle Scout Makes Sense to Me …

…But Might Not Make Sense to You. Have you heard of the (relatively) new quasi-crowdshare program called Kindle Scout?  I say “quasi” because it doesn’t involve donating money, but it is all about reader input. Kindle Scout launched last fall, but is apparently still so new that many of the Kindle customer service operators I […]

Five Ways Novelists Are Just Like Poets

  A very good friend from my years in northern California is the poet Lauren Scott.  (lscotthoughts.com). We are both writers, but while she writes pieces with minimal words, I write full-length novels.  Not much overlap, right?  Wrong.  The truth is, long-form writers and poets have quite a bit in common: We both love words. […]

How Flawed Can Today’s Romantic Hero Be?

Everyone who understands fiction knows that the romance genre offers stories in which two people (not necessarily a man and a woman anymore!) work through their struggles to achieve a lasting love relationship.  Usually, one of those characters is a heroine, and one a hero.  It’s the hero who interests me in this post.  I’ve […]

Yes, You Still Need an Editor … and here are five reasons why

[portions of this post were originally published as a guest blog for donnacookauthor.com in 2014.  Check out Donna’s award-winning fantasy novel, The Gift of the Phoenix http://donnacookauthor.com/book/gift-of-the-phoenix/ ]   I had just finished the manuscript for book number four. After going over it several times, I was feeling pretty darn good about my work.  My […]

When in Italy, Drink Like an Italian

My soon-to-be-released romantic suspense novel, The Lair, takes place in Verona, Italy.  Since I’m not Italian (except in my heart), I knew I had to bone up on all things Veronese, including the city itself (which I was fortunate enough to visit), the culture, the language, and of course, the food and drink.  So imagine […]

A Crime Too Big and Close to be Ignored

  My latest romantic suspense novel, The Lair, will be released  June 16th.  It’s set in Verona, Italy, in the glamorous world of elite hospitality.  Several of the characters, including the heroine, are co-owners of a five-star luxury hotel company that caters to the world’s richest clientele. Yet the crime at the heart of the […]