My Words Fly Up


My cover designer, Nika Dixon, has been working hard on the covers for Lost Mothers and Every New Beginning. My agent, her assistant, Nika, and I agreed that the original covers that were used when these were published as e-books are great front covers. Since the books will now be published as physical books as

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Thanks to All My Students

In one of my writing classes last week, a long-time student, Vicki, made two comments that inspired this post. First, she talked about a new writing exercise she was practicing. She writes for five minutes without stopping, and everything she writes is one sentence. “It’s not that hard once you get used to it,” she

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Change the Date

I announced a few weeks ago that I have set for myself an ambitious publishing program for this year, and that it was going to start with the publication of two of my books, Lost Mothers and Every New Beginning. I set the publication date for March 21, 2016, but a production issue has slowed

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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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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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