Category Archives: Pen Points

HOW TO KILL A BOOK

Peter Gelfan taught me to be passionate about creating strong scenes, and this passion has paid off in the form of two books and two Kirkus starred reviews. I read, read lots, but weak scenes kill books for me. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Should Authors Give Away Writing Secrets?

Wow, was I befuddled when I attended my first writing conference years ago. I didn’t have a book published. I didn’t know anyone. Yet, everyone else seemed to be “someone” or be on a best-seller list somewhere. I wanted to … Continue reading

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NEW MEXICO PRESS WOMEN SALUTE FILM INDUSTRY

364 days of sunshine, tax incentives, and jaw-dropping scenery add up to a perfect union between New Mexico and the film industry. The 2019 conference of New Mexico Press Women saluted the film and media industry at The Canyon Club … Continue reading

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IF YOU DON’T ASK . . .

IMPORTANCE OF QUESTIONS:  If you don’t ask, you’ll never know. If you want something, then ask because “no” is the worse thing that can happen.  Ask directions or you may never get there. Last week an author friend asked me … Continue reading

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SOUTHWEST WRITERS GET THE FACTS

An Interview with Author Charlene Bell Dietz In her search for “the parts of life that really matter,” Charlene Bell Dietz discovered “if you throw your heart and soul into what you care about,” the little things you fuss over … Continue reading

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THE TRUTH BEHIND WINNING

What do you think when you enter a contest? The answer depends on your personality: how seriously you take yourself, what you think about your work, and certainly your competitive nature. Me? I’m inclined to throw in a touch of … Continue reading

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Some Visuals for The Flapper, the Scientist, and the Saboteur

The Brown Palace Hotel almost becomes another character in my story during Chapter 14. For those of you who haven’t enjoyed the ambience of this magnificent hotel, here are some photos. Downtown Denver: This is the street between the former … Continue reading

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