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 started with a short story I wrote at the end of last year. I wrote it for fun. I had no plan in mind when I began, only a first line--one of ten I came up with for a writing exercise. A voice came next. One that had something to say, but she … Continue reading Margaret Atwood comes to Sweden
Are you an author? Do you have a Booklaunch page? If you answered 'yes' to the first question, but 'no' to the second, you're missing out. Despite their name, Booklaunch isn't just a page for people 'launching' a new book. It's a page for anyone who has written a book and is selling it on emarkets. … Continue reading If you don’t have a Booklaunch page yet, you should!
I don't normally do this, sit down and write without a purpose in mind. But today, I felt like I needed to. Last week, the world lost a funny, witty, talented, courageous, and all-around amazing author, and though I never met Terry Pratchett personally, I'm going to go ahead and assume, based on what I've … Continue reading Thoughts on Terry Pratchett
I say a picture is worth a million words, especially if it falls under one of these categories: Spontaneous life. In-the-moment happiness, goofiness, and all-around surprise. Nothing beats these photographs. They are so much better than the other ones. You know which ones I'm talking about. Those where we pose our kids like wooden dolls … Continue reading They say a picture is worth a thousand words . . .
I couldn't sleep last night. Nothing new there, I can't sleep most nights. That's a lie. Obviously I can sleep, only it takes a while. My brain constantly works. It doesn't know when to shut down. Every night I close my eyes and hear an internal monologue that goes something like this: Good lunch today . … Continue reading Three Authors and a Ghost
I got the message yesterday at 10:00 am. "Marie at work thought you might be interested in this." In the e-mail from my husband, I found a link to an announcement on LinkedIn about a Pop-up Bookstore. Authors were encouraged to come listen to three key-note speakers share their insights and experience on building an … Continue reading When Opportunity Beats a Different Drum
Last week I ran across a fantastic article discussing the challenges foreign authors face. I'm an American, but I live in a foreign country and I felt an immediate kinship with the author as they recounted the challenges they face. Talk about a nightmare sometimes. At the top of my list are virtual marketing and tax issues. … Continue reading Author Diversity
I began writing somewhere around the fifth grade. My teacher gave us an assignment to write a letter from one inanimate object to another. I wasn't the brightest kid in the class and had a tough time understanding what inanimate objects were, but I was excited! It's the first assignment I really remember and I'm … Continue reading When it’s More Than a Hobby
I'm not sure why I thought launching a web page would be easy. Maybe it was the inaccurate assumption that I knew what I was doing. How hard could it be?, I thought. I've given birth to multiple children, kept my sanity (barely) after relocating to a new country, managed the Tiny Tot Scoundrels for years, and … Continue reading Launch Day