“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Natalie Serber

October 1, 2014

When I read Natalie Serber’s bio— the trajectory of her life: education, motherhood, writing in her free time—I was reminded of the line from Ecclesiastes, “to every time there is a season.” And this is clearly Natalie’s season for writing success. Her collection of short fiction, Shout Her Lovely Name, has been receiving rave reviews: […]

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TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES Post-Pub Breather

September 27, 2014

This is the first chance I have had to sit down and really think about the fact that TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES, my short fiction collection, is actually live. Out there. Digitally and in physical form. It’s a lot like when I had my kids: I couldn’t wait until they were born, […]

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“Editor Interviews” with Rosemary J. Kind

September 22, 2014

From the realities of the business environment to the imaginary world of fiction—actually, for Rosemary J. Kind, it wasn’t all that much of a leap since her role is the Managing Director of Alfie Dog Fiction. And if you think business and fiction don’t go together, try running a publishing company!

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Kaye George

September 15, 2014

One of the best parts about interviewing other writers is finding out how much we have in common. Often, I learn that we have the same “favorite author” list or are frustrated by the same writing gremlins that throw us off-track. And in the interview with mystery writer Kaye George it occurred again: the first […]

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“I love it when a plan comes together”

September 12, 2014

Okay, so I can’t take credit for that line, since it originated with the character of Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith, played by the actor George Peppard in the show “The A-Team.” But in this case it fits perfectly.

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Addendum to previous post

September 6, 2014

Sometimes we come across comments or quotes that directly relate to an issue with which we are struggling. Case in point: my self-doubt about my work. In my previous post, I had written: “Part of the problem is that I am filled with self-doubt. It’s so hard to not be judgmental about my work. For […]

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Battling self-doubt as I work on new fiction

September 5, 2014

So, in light of a previous post where I complained about not having time to write, I started this month with a firm commitment to spend 30 minutes each morning writing fiction. My plan was to concentrate on short stories, primarily because, with so much else in my life in a state of “not-quite-finished/almost-finished/finished-except-for,” I […]

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Tour #1 for TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER is now completed!

September 2, 2014

I’ve finished my pre-release book blog tour for TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES and want to give a heartfelt Thank you! to the bloggers who opened their door (metaphorically speaking) to me and my fiction collection! You were all so generous to give me space to share information about my book and I […]

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 27, 2014

“Fiction has been maligned for centuries as being ‘false,’ ‘untrue,’ yet good fiction provides more truth about the world, about life, and even about the reader, than can be found in non-fiction.” Clark Zlotchew

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 20, 2014

“I surround myself with things that belong to people, or photos of people, who I’ve really loved in my love. My reminder to think deeply and honestly, to feel deeply. That’s what I want to do with my fiction.” Amy Tan

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