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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

Promise of the Wolf

Our on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Dorothy Hearst author of  The Wolf Chronicles

We have said before that for some authors, characters demand their stories to be written. Dorothy would agree. Dorothy writes about wolves.

 I gave their story absolutely everything I had.  There is something so humbling about having been given the gift of a great story idea.  I felt so grateful but also a little stunned. I wondered why  me?  Why did they come to me of all the people in the world, when I’d never written anything before?  Once I’d accepted the challenge, it felt … Read more

Protect your writing timeWe say the words, make time. We can’t make time. I try in my Future Girls books to make time, to travel back and forth changing up everything.  It’s fun in fiction, not as easy in real life – so to speak.

In a conversation with Beth Barany, she asked, how do I make time for my writing.

And I had the epiphany that I don’t make time at all.

But I do protect it.

I do schedule part of the day for writing, for being creative.

And that’s the making of time I suppose.  I make time for writing.… Read more

Amber AlertWe’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

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