The Forest and the Trees

1/15/10 When you start writing a novel, it can be difficult to see the trees for the forest.  You need to concentrate on the big picture:  the characters, plot and overall theme.  The details will come into focus on the second, third or fourth draft.  At least, this is how it works for me. After […]

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Hollywood Update

12/31/09 When I posted back in October that The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare and How (Not) to Have a Perfect Wedding were being represented for film rights in Hollywood, I wasn’t holding my breath that anything would happen.  I have enough friends who have tried to break into screenwriting to know that Hollywood is […]

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Second endorsement for Anne Shakespeare

12/15/09 Jeane Westin, author of The Virgin’s Daughters, has kindly provided the next endorsement for The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare–and what a generous compliment it is.  When you have spent three years researching and writing a book, it is a thrill to hear another writer affirm that you have met their high standards for […]

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Happy ________ !

12/4/09 It’s that time of year when thoughtful people contemplate what holiday salutation to employ.  Among friends and family, it’s easy.  You know whether they’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Festivus or some other event. With business colleagues and casual acquaintances, however, the choice isn’t always obvious.  So not wanting to offend anyone, we opt […]

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First endorsement for Anne Shakespeare

11/20/09 My first two novels were published without blurbs, those endorsements on the cover from other authors and experts that give potential readers an extra incentive to buy the book.  I didn’t know personally any authors whom I could ask, and my publishers’ efforts were unsuccessful.  I can understand why:  it takes time to read […]

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I have a new first draft!

11/6/09 Yesterday I completed the first draft of a new novel.  It is always amazing to me when this happens.  This is because I do not outline my novels, a serious mistake according to many writing professionals.  I do agree that if you can create an outline first, you will probably save yourself both grief […]

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The Art of Storytelling

10/31/09 I don’t usually broadcast the fact that my husband and I work several nights a week as ghost tour guides in St. Augustine.  People tend not to take you seriously, and I work hard to be taken seriously as an author. But what I love about doing the ghost tours is that it is […]

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What Are You Reading Now?

10/16/09 My reading is usually tied to my writing, and since my new novel is about Anne Shakespeare that means I have spent the past three years immersed in Elizabethan literature.  So it’s not always easy for me to answer when people ask for a recommendation on current books. And why follow the crowd and […]

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The Hollywood Connection

10/1/09 For a writer, it’s fun and intriguing to imagine your book being made into a movie.  How much of the story would you incorporate?  Who would play which part?  How would you handle flashbacks?  What would you have to cut? Now I may be fortunate enough to see two of my books translated into […]

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