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PART 2: WHEN FACTS AREN’T FACTS Historical Writing Pitfalls and What to Do

As a child, I saw Frog legs listed on the menu. Horrified, I could only imagine the little frog’s pain from having the legs torn off. Mother comforted me by saying, “They grow back.” Truly? No way. But to this … Continue reading

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WHEN FACTS AREN’T FACTS AND ASSUMPTIONS ARE FAULTY Historical Writing Pitfalls and What to Do: Part I

A DIFFERENT TIME AND PLACE I write historical stories and constantly worry I’ve overlooked something. Most likely, I have. Anachronistic traps hide everywhere. I hadn’t realized pre-colonial Maryland indentured servants went barefooted because shoes costs too much, or Governor Calvert … Continue reading

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SouthWest Writers Interview #2

Way back in the early 1990s I joined Southwest Writers Workshop (now SouthWest Writers). This writers’ group welcomes all writers and authors with conferences, contests, classes on the craft, and open-armed friendship. If you hear someone in NM say they … Continue reading

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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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THREE ANNOYING MISTAKES MADE BY SOME WELL-KNOWN AUTHORS

Maybe this has been going on for a long time, and I just hadn’t noticed. During these last few months several of my favorite authors made some writing decisions that yanked me out of their stories and away from their … Continue reading

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