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Quiver of the Pure HeartOur on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Burnita Bluitt’s  debut novel, Quiver of the Pure Heart, began as a love-letter to San Francisco’s painted ladies. However, after uncovering the Western Addition Victorian’s dark history, she felt compelled to shine a light on their tragic past, and on the forces that left an indelible impact on the Fillmore community which is still felt today.

Quiver of the Pure Heart was not only a labor of love, but one of, well, labor.

Her road to publication is one many of us have traveled, and if you have not, Burnita’s experience … Read more

Guest post by Photo of guest blogger Patrice Caldwell

The market. We’ve all heard about it. We’ve certainly all talked about it. But, what really is “the market”?

The market is a few things, but most of all the market is 100% unimportant to your creative process. Yep. You heard me, forget about the market.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking, but, uh, doesn’t the market dictate whether or not my book will sell? Um… sorta.

If you haven’t completed your book, worrying about the market won’t do you any good. I know writers who are constantly trying to chase the next big trend. AND, I … Read more

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

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

Frustrated with writing?

Frustrated with writing?Writing is frustrating, difficult and maddening.  Writers are frustrating, difficult and maddening. I think our reputation as mad and/or drunks is well deserved.  

But we keep at it, why?

No matter how difficult the work,  how awkward and unmanageable the manuscript or how awful the characters are or how badly behaved the sentences are: I am happy because I have a book to work on.  I am happy because I am involved in a creative project.  

We all long to create meaning. Working on a book, even thinking about a book gives my daily life meaning. Writing may not deliver Read more

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