Welcome to “Focus on Fiction”!

January 3, 2015

A new year—and the perfect time to introduce the new name for this blog! When I started this blog back in 2010, I called it “Finding Fran” after the novel I had just finished. My plan had been to use it as a way to promote the work as well as a venue for writing […]

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Lee L. Krecklow

January 2, 2015

Sometimes writers start out in other fields or pursuing other careers only to learn that their heart belongs to fiction. That’s the case with Wisconsin writer Lee L. Krecklow. Interested in film, Lee attended UW Milwaukee, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with focuses in Film Studies, Journalism and English. But after making a few […]

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Lee Martin

December 14, 2014

“Write a little every day, without hope, without despair.” This quote from Danish author Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) is one that Lee Martin not only shares with his students but also obviously follows himself. The Pulitzer Prize Finalist author of The Bright Forever and three other novels, the memoir Such A Life, and the short […]

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Stage Two of book marketing for Traveling Left of Center

December 4, 2014

It’s been three months since TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES has hit the bookstores (both physical and virtual), and on the whole, I’m pretty pleased with how the first 90 days has gone. The collection has received some terrific reviews, and I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to those who took the […]

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The end of NaNoWriMo for 2014

November 30, 2014

So it’s the end of NaNoWriMo for 2014—and while I didn’t make the 50,000 word limit, I did accomplish two goals. The first was just to have something to show after 30 days that had the potential of being a novel. And after a few rocky starts and issues that I had detailed in an […]

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The bonus of being part of a multi-author event

November 23, 2014

Yesterday I was part of the Akron, OH Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ multi-author event, signing copies of TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES, and it was great fun! Not only did the variety of authors maximize the interest and attendance at the event (kudos to CRM Kelly for doing a great job!), but it […]

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Getting the novel-writing obstacles out of the way

November 20, 2014

So a few days ago I vented about my NaNoWriMo progress—or lack thereof. Then, at the monthly meeting of Monday Night Writers, one of the other members of the group related how far she had gotten in terms of word count. Sufficient to say that she will most certainly reach the magic 50K by month […]

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NaNoWriMo status—week three

November 17, 2014

There is this little section on the NaNoWriMo site where you can post your cumulative word count for your novel-in-progress. I suppose the purpose is to track your achievement and applaud yourself for getting closer to your goal. Well, at the rate I am going, I won’t hit the magic 50,000 words until sometime in […]

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NaNoWriMo status—week one

November 6, 2014

Sometime near the end of October, I had decided that I would participate in National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo, as it’s known. I thought it would be a fun challenge and something different from focusing on writing short stories. Oh, I had no illusions about hitting the 50,000 word mark. Actually, I figured if […]

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“Editor Interviews” with Sara Rauch

November 2, 2014

Sara Rauch founded Cactus Heart Literary Magazine on a lark in 2012. The publication name is, according to the website, “a metaphor for how we believe literature and art should be. It should shock and wound and delight us; it should fill us with delight and terror and mystery. It should survive.” The editors are […]

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