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Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Forgotten Prophet

by Jim O’Shea While doing research on End Time prophecies for my recently released thriller, “The Linen God”, I discovered the writings of a little known, twelfth century Irish monk named Maolmhaodhog ua Morgair. Born in Armagh, Ireland, Morgair (who … Continue reading

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More is More

by Michelle Arch Lately I’ve struggled with the word constraint of a guest column I write. No matter how concisely I try to present my ideas, I’m routinely asked to cut between twenty and forty words from each submission. Not … Continue reading

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Parasail Writing

By Loretta Eidson If you’ve ever been parasailing, you know the exhilarating feeling of the wind in your face, the serene solitude of flying through the air, and the breathtaking scenery of the ocean below. If you’re a writer, you … Continue reading

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Writing Despite Adversity…(Yes, You CAN!)

by Cynthia Herron “Mrs. Herron…We have your son’s lab results back. It’s serious.” There were no preliminaries. No shoot-the-breeze kind of niceties. Just words. Plain, succinct, gut-wrenching words that conveyed the gravity of the situation. I braced myself for the … Continue reading

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Creative Minds and the Need for Sleep

by Mary Ellis Read any author interview or listen in on any conversation between writers and you will hear one universal theme: There aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. Between day-jobs, spouses, kids, houses that need … Continue reading

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God Provides In His Time

by Martha Rogers Today, June 22, is my 77th birthday, and I am overwhelmed at all God has done in my life. So many times I wanted to give up on this writing journey, but God sent people and events … Continue reading

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Lessons From Sherlock

by Tessa Afshar The British love their Sherlock Holmes. They love him so much that they have built a flat on Baker Street that supposedly once belonged to this fictional character. So it’s not such a shock that they would … Continue reading

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Creating Characters Who Breathe

by Robin Lee Hatcher I love discovering the inner workings of my characters. I love it when they come to life and begin telling me their stories. I love it when they become my companions and my friends. Writers often … Continue reading

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Creating Careers for our Characters

by Lisa Jordan Last week I requested career options for the hero in my next book on my Facebook author page. While reading through my fans’ posts, I was amazed by the diverse occupations they suggested-boat builder, hospital administrator, youth … Continue reading

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Writing After Sixty

by Diana Wallis Taylor Someone wrote a book about “Geezers”, older guys who love to read books. A friend said, “I don’t consider myself a geezer! I always thought that when we got older, we just got better.” I shared … Continue reading

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Take a Stand

by Suzanne Kuhn I recently worked a return engagement with a regional charity that hosts an annual Book and Author Dinner. This event features four New York Times best selling and/or sought after regional authors. The first year I participated … Continue reading

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Five Things My Dad Taught Me About Writing

by Rebecca DeMarino I love listening to family lore and studying genealogy. The discovery of threads that weave together to make us unique is a thrill and the fabric for my novels. I like to think that I inherited my … Continue reading

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Settings

by Dana Mentink Settings! They are one of the things that compel me as a reader and writer. Bring me to a new world, a place I’ve never been and I’m fascinated. My early years found me steeped in Middle … Continue reading

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Inspiration

by Ruth Douthitt Do you think of inspiration as solely divine? I do, except when it comes to my current work in progress. I was inspired to write my current mystery/thriller for kids by giving a spelling test to 6th … Continue reading

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Setting the Scene

by Christine Sunderland I often say I came to the writing of novels “through the back door.” While it is true I earned a BA in English Literature and loved reading, I never considered that I might become a writer. … Continue reading

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