I once saw a video by Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, where among other things he talked about his revision process and how he typed his story over and over. That moment was special for me. Angels didn't sing or anything, but it was the first time I had ever run across … Continue reading Revision Tip: Write it Twice. Or Three Times. Or Ten.
As some of you know I'm a member of the Stockholm Writers Group, a select group of writers founded over twenty years ago to provide feedback, encourage each other, and support each other with their writing goals. We meet on a regular basis and offer feedback to those who've submitted their work. In addition, we … Continue reading Project Update
I was in a mom situation about a week or two ago and ended up defending my children during a play date. Later, I had conflicting emotions about the episode. Sadness. Anger. Frustration. Guilt. Eventually, my husband came to me and said I should never feel guilty for being the champion our children need at … Continue reading My Author Mission Statement
It all began with a question. Or, a request. During my latest round of submissions, I ran across this: Include a short bio and describe your style. My style? I don't know my style. Themes, no problem. Genres, easy. But style? So I did what any respectable writer does when met with a question like … Continue reading I Write Like Who?
Today's post is a short one. I really just wanted to take the time to recap where I am on my writing projects. Flameborne -- The sequel to Ashborne. I gotta tell you, I'm loving this book. New plot twists. New challenges. Poor Joelle. The revision process is about halfway completed. It's taken longer than … Continue reading Writing Projects Update
Earlier this week I wrote a blog post about the smell of books. Normally I try to use my own photos on my posts, mostly because it takes forever to find royalty-free photos. For that post, I knew I wanted something book-related, so I pulled out a few of my older books, and in one … Continue reading Why Aren’t There More Pictures?
The kids are home this week for fall break and rather than set myself up for massive frustration, I've decided not to work on the novel while they are home. Instead, I'm going to relax and catch up on my reading! What better way to enjoy the new darker hours (Sweden switched to Daylight Savings … Continue reading Catching up on Fall Reading
Last week, the University of Iowa's International Writing Program launched their MOOC How Writers Write Fiction (if you're interested in signing up, just click on the link). I took this course last year and thought it was fantastic, so I've signed up for it again. Unfortunately, the class isn't even a week old and I'm already behind. … Continue reading Using Objects in Writing
On Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th the English Bookshop in Stockholm hosted two visiting authors, Jen Campbell, author of the hilarious Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops and Marie Phillips, author of The Table of Less Valued Knights. Stockholm Writers Group member Karen Hagersten reached out to the bookshop and organized a wonderful evening … Continue reading Jen Campbell and Marie Phillips visit Stockholm
Jim Butcher came to Sweden! I love Jim Butcher. It wasn't always that way. I hated him for a while, but now I love him. I guess hate is a strong word, and it's not him personally I hated. I didn't hate his stories either, or his writing. What drove me bonkers was how it felt … Continue reading My first signed Jim Butcher books