Happy Release Day!

Sure, Amazon has been selling SUSPECT for weeks now.    But today, October 1, is the official release date of SUSPECT.  It’s a bit like the due date for a baby.  The little one may arrive early unless the author is a big name like J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins.

Mix and Mingle

You’re invited to the launch party for SUSPECT at Literary Life! WHEN: Thursday, October 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 WHERE: 758 Wealthy Street SE   Grand Rapids, MI Things should be lively since the Wealthy Street Autumn Stroll will also be going on.  I’m hoping to have coloring pages available from SAVING THE GRIFFIN as well.  A … More Mix and Mingle

Researching SUSPECT

Writers of historical fiction often spend months researching the various settings of their novels before they begin to write.  While I enjoy reading historical fiction, I’ve never really thought about writing it because I know how every detail needs to be supported. Writers of contemporary fiction often need to spend some time researching, but it varies from project … More Researching SUSPECT

The Clues that Whisper

Everything I ever needed to know about writing I learned at an SCBWI conference.  Okay.  That’s a bit of an exaggeration.  I’ve read some very good books on writing like Natalie Goldberg’s WRITING DOWN THE BONES and Christopher Vogler’s THE WRITER’S  JOURNEY.  But I tended to get these recommendations from people that I met at … More The Clues that Whisper

The Missouri Mentorship

I don’t remember how I heard about the Missouri Mentorship for the first time.  It could have been a mass email.  Or the announcement could have just come in an article for MO SCRIBBLES, Missouri’s newsletter for the local chapter of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).  But when I found out about the opportunity … More The Missouri Mentorship

“Don’t treat your characters like marionettes!”

The driver of the shuttle van rolled down the window and spoke rapidly in French.  Shortly after the answering squawk from the speaker phone, the gate swung open slowly, untouched by human hands.  Intellectually, I knew that a small motor was performing the work, but the grounds of the Abbaye de Royoument had already begun to … More “Don’t treat your characters like marionettes!”

Fifteen Rejections

There are plenty of legendary stories about how many times Dr. Suess’s MULBERRY STREET and Madeleine L’Engle’s WRINKLE IN TIME were rejected.  (Both were around forty!)  Such tales tend to give hope to struggling writers everywhere.  My friend Jeanie Ransom had a rather epic number of submissions for her divorce book, I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT … More Fifteen Rejections