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Archive for September 2008

Cooking Up an Idea

All weekend, I’ve been puzzling over a “what happened then” element in my new proposal. It’s been making me crazy because no matter how many notes I jotted down, how many creative naps I took, how many brainstorming sessions I had with John, it wasn’t coming to me. Then I decided to make some quick and easy marinara…

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Some Pictures from the Beach

  I returned from a wild week of writing and plotting last night and thought I’d share a few pictures. Bren took all of these (except the one of her, of course). These were taken from our back deck (we had a great view of the snowy egrets!) and Bren captured the storm fence on…

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We Could be Anywhere. . .

Bren and I are still at the beach. We’ve been out of the house exactly once, and probably won’t leave it again until we’re ready to take off for home on Thursday. That’s because we’ve been working up a storm! I came up with my brand new idea. I have loads and loads of details…

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The Burial

Well, there’s killing your babies, as I discussed a couple of posts ago. Then there’s burying them, and that’s what I’m doing with my Work-in-Progress. Some of you voted on titles for it (I was, for the time being, calling it The Glimmer Child), and you know how excited I was about it as I…

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Is Your First your Fave?

I’ve noticed something. When I hear from readers who’ve read many of my books, very often their favorite is the first one they read. It doesn’t matter what the book is. A quick glance at my email in the last few months illustrates this fact. The following books were all claimed as a favorite by…

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Killing Your Babies

Oh, it hurts. I believe it was Ernest Hemingway who coined the title to this post. He was referring to those wonderful turns of phrase a writer comes up with that, in the final analysis, simply don’t belong in the story and must go. It’s painful to chop a few beautiful lines from what you’ve written,…

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We Have a Title! (And a Winner)

Thank you to my readers who offered new titles for After the Storm! It was a grueling process, going back and forth between author, agent, editor, and the publisher’s marketing department, but we’ve finally settled on Secrets She Left Behind. If you check out the comments to the original post, you’ll see that our frequent commenter, Denise, actually…

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"Aren't Writers Rich?" Talking Bucks

I am often asked how much money I make. Seriously, I am. This may occur in a private conversation with (or email query from) a fledgling author, or it may occur at a reading I’m giving at a library or bookstore in front of a hundred people. Do strangers ask those of you who are teachers,…

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The Visual Thesaurus

As I continued my hunt for the perfect title, I paid a visit to my profile over at RedRoom.com. Red Room is a great place to connect with authors, and my blog appears on my profile page over there as well as here on my website. Several people on Red Room offered title ideas for “the book…

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Titles: Your Opinions?

My publisher has decided, wisely I believe, that the title for my June ’09 book, After the Storm, is problematic. It is the sequel to Before the Storm, and even within the publishing house itself, the title has given rise to confusion as people try to recall which book they’re talking about. In addition, it’s a title…

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