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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

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

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

Newbie Writers Guide. Reaching for the moon cover

Cool Books, Cool Authors:

Julia Park TraceyNewbie Writers Guide. Reaching for the moon cover

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

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