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Elizabeth's LandingWelcome to our  on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Katy’s debut novelElizabeth’s Landing has won First Place in Fiction in the 2013 “Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-book Awards.”

Katy discusses her self-publishing journey and advice for Newbie Writers

Publishing too early is tempting. Full control, and the siren song of the book in readers’ hands, can lead to shortcutting the revision process. I don’t feel that’s the case with Elizabeth’s Landing, although there are always things I could have done differently.

The main disadvantage to self-publishing is having every decision and job on my shoulders, from cover and … Read more

Poetry book, Can you Catch my Flow Thanks for having me today Catharine!

My first official publication was a poem called “A Rose Is A Lovely Flower.” And it appeared in my junior high school yearbook. It may not sound as much but when I was first told the news and actually saw it in print, I was on top of the world. I never thought it’d feel so good to have something I crafted and labored with words born from 26 letters. Even when I knew a future in publication was for me after my friend and classmate became my first fan of my stories.

Yet … Read more

Overwhelmed by the competition?

Overwhelmed by the competition?Read this if you are overwhelmed by the competition

Do you log onto Goodreads and gulp?

Did you walk into Powell’s or Strand and think, there is too much here, I can’t compete, look at all the books!

Do you not even focus on Amazon because that A to Z thing is too much to consider.

You are not alone.  We all feel the immense  bottomless universe of which we’ve signed up to become a part. It’s like dangling over the half blown section of the Death Star. It’s like walk through Times Square and realizing that everyone in this … Read more

Characters in Fiction

Characters in FictionAsk me about a favorite book – and I’ll describe the heroine.

We often, if pressed, remember key points of a plot, but what really stick in our heads are the characters.  We remember the who over the how, before the what.

Do we love Jane Austen’s books because of the intricate plots? Not really.

The story? Please, we know the story. What we love are the characters, the strong women who get into trouble because they blurt out what they are thinking, the handsome hero who is just misunderstood, the spunky friend for whom we wish as much Read more

Rules of Conflict

code of conductKristine Smith’s new book, Rules of Conflict, was released January 26.

I however, read the first in the series, Code of Conduct because I like to start at the beginning. And I’m glad I did.

Code of Conduct Introduces heroine  to Jani Kilian, her hybrid body, past relationships and an elaborately coded new world:

After an accident, doctors repair Jani using the most advanced Service Medical technologies available, or so they assured her. In the last days of the idomeni civil war, she escaped their homeworld of Shèrá, and spent the next 18 years on the run.

But someone like Read more

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