Ask a New Author

I’m excited and honored to be a part of the Ask a New Author Column at Book Divas this year! If you or anyone you know is an aspiring writer or just a curious reader, please send your questions to the panel at Questions will be answered between January and June 2013. My fellow guest . . . 

Happy New Year!

So far, so good in 2013. We made lasagna and French bread, watched Bob the Builder, danced to the radio, and took down the Christmas tree. It sounds like Congress might even pass the Senate bill band-aid to keep some change in our cups. All in all a productive start to the year. I know . . . 

The plague of the just

I say “just” a lot. I’ve only recently noticed how frequently it pops up in my writing, and maybe it doesn’t sound like such a big deal, but it bothers me…just enough. It seems like these words go in phases for me. It was during the final proof of The Dragon Keeper that I realized . . . 

Resisting self publishing

You can’t read anything about publishing these days that doesn’t mention the increasingly legitimate route of self-publishing. (Thanks, Amazon.) Yes, self-publishing could be your way to make it big, but I agree with this cautionary article from Forbes. Do you really want to live the rest of your life with Twilight fanfic attached to your . . . 

Literary Boroughs

Congrats, Twin Cities! You’ve just been highlighted as the latest in the Ploughshares series on literary boroughs. The very reason I’m so happy to live here. That and Punch Pizza. And my jogging route along the Mississippi River Boulevard. And Grand Old Day, which reminds me of the Grand Old Creamery, of course. Maybe the . . .