My Words Fly Up

Writing Back Cover Copy

When I used to work for Bantam Books, back in the day, I occasionally was tasked with writing back cover copy for books that I had edited. I should say, rewriting. Bantam did have copywriters, but my boss, Carolyn, was a perfectionist when it came to back cover copy. After all, along with a book’s

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Go Ahead and Dance

My daughter, who is taking a Music in Cultural Perspective course, sent this to me. Delightful song and video. Go ahead and dance.

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My Books Are Back!

I decided late in 2015 to do a complete overhaul of the books I’ve published. Along with my two e-books, Lost Mothers and Every New Beginning, I wanted to republish my five romances and my novel, Free Fall. So my wonderful agent, Paige Wheeler, her assistant, Ana-Maria Bonner, and I put our heads together and

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Beginnings Once More

Every year, I do a class that I call Beginnings. I look at the beginnings of several fiction and nonfiction books and note the ones that I consider particularly well written. (And occasionally the ones that are poorly done.) Sometimes I simply pull books off my shelves. Sometimes I prowl the new releases at my

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Writing a Different Mystery

A few months ago, I posted that I was going to write a mystery. I had decided to take the rather unwieldly general-fiction novel I was writing and recast it as a mystery. I did some research, since the book would deal in part with spies during World War II and the Cold War, and

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From Screenplay to Film

I posted several months ago about how one of my students went from a short story to a screenplay, coauthoring the screenplay with a friend of hers, Mark Battle. Mark is a filmmaker, and they have now gone from screenplay to film. During the summer Mark gathered a cast and crew and a 1991 Toyota

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MY WORDS FLY UP

In which I blog about the days I write and the days I don’t write; about teaching about writing; about reading (which is never enough); and occasionally about music, because sometimes a three-minute song can tell as good a story as a novel.

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