9 Historical-Romance-Inspired Items (Not) to Wear to Your Next Staff Meeting

What would happen if you wore a regency-era accessory or piece of clothing in today’s workplace? It would make things more interesting, wouldn’t it? You would be the talk of your team, department, floor, or heck, maybe even the whole company. You could suddenly be catapulted from “Jill in Accounting” to “Jill in Accounting WhoContinue reading “9 Historical-Romance-Inspired Items (Not) to Wear to Your Next Staff Meeting”

12 Things to Know About Diana Gabaldon

No one can combine science, suspense, sass and romance like Diana Gabaldon does in her bestselling novels. When I saw her at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC, she repeated a rhyme that she recited as a professor, one she used to get the attention of the sleepy football players taking her science class.Continue reading “12 Things to Know About Diana Gabaldon”

10 Things to Know About David McCullough

David McCullough is downright huggable. He’s whip-sharp with a clever wit and a memory longer than Michael Phelps’ wingspan. And he’s an incredible writer, storyteller and historian. But it’s all of that plus his affable personality and charm that make him downright huggable. There’s something about him that makes you wish he were your grandfather orContinue reading “10 Things to Know About David McCullough”

Why Aspiring Authors Are Really MathWriterMaticians

Aspiring Author + Word Count Fixation =  MathWriterMetician. I’m coining this term, because we writers are obsessed with numbers and math, whether we want to believe it or not. I find myself crunching numbers almost daily. That’s how I track my WIP. I can’t help myself. One number buzzes around me at all times likeContinue reading “Why Aspiring Authors Are Really MathWriterMaticians”

What Has Possessed Me to Write My Novel in Longhand?

What the heck possessed me to stop typing my novel and to start writing it longhand, instead? Especially since I have short hands with small fingers. A couple of years ago, I had dinner with bestselling author Michelle Gable. (Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Actually, she was a keynote speaker at an eventContinue reading “What Has Possessed Me to Write My Novel in Longhand?”

Who Are Your Author Peers?

I first learned about this concept–“author peers” or “peer authors”–about two years ago. It’s been a game-changer for me, and certainly an ongoing educational process. But this whole writing thing kinda is anyway, isn’t it? First, let me explain what I mean by author peers. If you were published, author peers would be writers whoseContinue reading “Who Are Your Author Peers?”

Writing Tips from Reading Gail Carriger’s Soulless

Years ago, I didn’t read as much as I should have, much to my mother’s chagrin. Of course, that changed over the years. Reading became one of my absolute fave activities. Not only is it a wonderful experience, it provides inspiration and a great teaching tool for me as an aspiring author. A friend recentlyContinue reading “Writing Tips from Reading Gail Carriger’s Soulless”

How I Read Books as an Aspiring Author

I don’t know when I turned a corner and started reading books with my “writer hat” on. You know what I mean: The moment you change from a passive reader to an active one. When you’re no longer escaping when you pick up a book, you’re analyzing. Instead of holding a cup of tea (orContinue reading “How I Read Books as an Aspiring Author”

Why Aspiring Authors Should Start a Blog

A couple of years ago, I attended the amazingly awesome and motivating LaJolla Writer’s Conference. They provided tips of what to do as an aspiring author, like starting a blog. It’s taken me a while to put that into action, but I see why you should start blogging before being published. It gets you writing I’veContinue reading “Why Aspiring Authors Should Start a Blog”