October 24, 2015

Like me, Alan Beechey was born in England and grew up in London, not far from where I lived, as it happens. He lives in the US now, and I met him at the Unicorn Writers’ Conference, where he was giving a talk on how to write crime novels. I wanted to read one of…

November 7, 2012

Those of you who read me regularly will know by now that Lisa Winkler of Cycling Grandma is the editor who included me in her anthology of women writers, Tangerine Tango. Her recent post about a blog game called the Look Challenge, caught my attention. Read on and you’ll see why… Gratitude: The “Look” Challenge,…

July 24, 2012

As you know, I’m interested in (and rather fond of) dystopian literature. Some of the best being published right now is for teens. (You may remember my previous blog on this, which you can read here, if you’ve forgotten it.) Erin Bowman is a writer of YA fiction. Her debut novel Taken will be published…

July 5, 2012

A couple of months ago, I became aware of one of the major new ways in which writers, especially indie writers, promote themselves and their latest book online – the blog tour. One of the bloggers I follow, Alex Cavanaugh, was launching his second book, and doing a blog tour. I dawned on me that…

May 31, 2012

Last year, in a rash moment, I signed up to do thirty creative things in the 30 days of June. I’m not sure where I heard about this idea, but I found the website and I was intrigued. I remember telling my writers’ group about it, and promising to share what I did, as a…

February 13, 2012

Mike Sicking is an American writer who writes for an English blog called Limebird Writers. He’s one of several people writing for them, and his moniker there is LimebirdKaiser (don’t ask me why…). In the last year, he decided to get serious about his writing,so he warns people not to treat him like a guru….

February 11, 2012

Susan Schoenberger is a fellow blogger of mine at the Patch, a chain of online newspapers. Recently she published this blog about Valentine’s gifts for book-lovers, and since I know that in addition to writing you all read (you do, don’t you?) I thought I’d re-post it here. Susan has worked as a reporter, editor…