Creative Storm

A few friends and I have been tucked away for a week in a cottage on the East Coast. As Sandy drew near, we hunkered down, charged our electronics, stocked up on canned food, ice and candles. We were ready for at least 24 hours without electricity. Surprisingly, Sandy just practically whispered by us. We got some wind and a
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How to Make Me a Little Crazy and Quite Happy:

Invite me to your school for two days. Have me speak for 6 periods straight each day on pretty much the same topics (being an author, editing, story arc, etc). By the end, I may not know what I’ve said to whom or quite how to speak a grammatically correct sentence…but I will have had fun. Yup, that’s what I
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Guest Author Interview: Smoky Zeidel

Hello! Thank you, Smoky Zeidel, for visiting my blog today. I’m looking forward to hearing the gems you have to share from your writing journey! First of all, what is your favorite genre to write in and what is the age range you generally write for? I write historical novels with a romantic bent to them, meaning they aren’t traditional romances,
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What Flavor Are You?

I heard a proverb once about how people are like tea bags; you don’t find out their true nature until you stick them in hot water. What do we do when bad things happen to us? What is the flavor of our tea? Is it bitter, or sweet? Or maybe spicy and fiery? Or maybe it’s weak and bland, spent
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Guest Author Interview: Sheila Lowe!

It’s time for another author interview! I had the privilege of meeting Sheila Lowe at a bookfaire earlier this year where we were both guest speakers. I thought you might like to hear from her about her writing process and fascinating life. We can all grow and learn from each other’s journey! Like her fictional character Claudia Rose in the
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What’s Your Angel Story?

Have you ever asked someone if they believe in angels? For some, you might as well be asking if they drove themselves to the moon and back. For others, it’s a very natural question. I guess I’d fall into the latter category. I think they’re very real…both the good and the fallen type. I have a feeling they do a
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Love Can Be Dangerous

Love can be a dangerous thing. I have a friend who is 24 and single. She loves people and wants to help them. The people she likes helping and loving the most are ones in some of the scariest places of the world. She called a mutual friend the other day while running for her life from rebel soldiers in
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Are You Pursuing Your Dreams?

“It’s never too late to pursue your dreams.” – Bogie Slabogen I love pursuing my dreams. Well, let’s modify that. I love dreaming of all that I could do. Actually pursuing those dreams can be downright terrifying! I mean, you have to submit your dreams to the scrutiny of others, you have to take risks, step into the total unknown, and heaven
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Once Upon a Podcast

Call it too many hours together on four wheels, or two friends with ideas that just don’t stop… Whatever you want to call it, The Book Spy (aka Dr. Catherine Posey) and I have started a podcast and blog about children and young adults’ literature. We’re still working out some of the kinks (like getting it onto iTunes). But those
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Do You Have a Backstory?

One of my favorite parts of writing fiction is creating backstories for my characters. I love to get in their heads, find out what makes them tick and see what it makes them do. Wait, I’ll back up. Some of you may be wondering what a backstory is. Here’s a definition of “backstory” from Dictionary.com: “a narrative providing a history or
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