We’re hosting the Blog Tour for fellow Caliburn Press author Barbara Winkes and her new book, Amber Alert
Barbara discusses her road to publication.
I had always been writing, and it had been my dream for a long time to hold my own book in my hands—when it finally happened, the story leading up to it could have been from a romance novel itself. I fell in love and less than two years later, I moved across the ocean and got married.
You can imagine that this process involves lots of paperwork which, of course, is less romantic. I couldn’t … Read more
Cool Books, Cool Authors:
Julia Park Tracey
Julia writes novels and edits her Great Aunt’s Diaries.
I’m glad I’m alive” Doris Louise Bailey, a teen in the Prohibition era, writes this sentiment over and over in her diaries as she struggles with a life-threatening bout of scarlet fever. But it’s also an apt summation of how she lived in the years following her brush with death. Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1927-1929) contains Doris’s true-life adventures as she flirts with boys, sneaks sips of whiskey and bets on racehorses – breaking rules and hearts … Read more
Did you make long ribbons of resolutions while sitting in the dark waiting for midnight to chime off in your part of the world so you can STOP writing the resolution list and just drink?
Resolutions have taken on great portentous weights and expectations. It used to be we could solemnly promise to stop smoking on December 31st and call it a night. Even if we didn’t smoke.
Now we are plagued, year round, by countless extortions wrapped up in pricey seminars that command us to visualize, manifest and otherwise think ourselves into prosperity or fame, right now, starting today, … Read more
I wrote on Writer’s Fun Zone about how to reward yourself for your writing. sounds crazy? Sometimes writing is not its own reward. Sometimes, particularly when you’re editing, you need some encouragement and some fun.
That’s where a good reward system comes in. Set one up, and keep to it, don’t ignore your own needs, that never works out well.
My only caution is to not reward yourself with alcohol. No matter how tempting, it’s not a good habit. Wine tasting trips, now that is completely different!
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New books, cool authors.
Meg Waite Clayton’s The Race for Paris hit the San Francisco Chronicle/NCIBA bestseller list in its 1st week out. Very cool of course, but considering she spent ten years researching and writing this almost non-fiction novel, the success is well deserved.
“ I did a tremendous amount of research on real journalists like Lee Miller, who reported and photographed for Vogue, Martha Gellhorn, Lee Carson, and Sonia Tomara, the great photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White (who never was accredited to Normandy, as she was seen as too temperamental), and Dickey Chappelle, who photographed in the Pacific.
I … Read more