Category Archives: Writers and Writing

Essence: Interview with YA Author Lisa Ann O’Kane

I was excited to recently connect with and interview Lisa Ann O’Kane whose debut young-adult novel, Essence, was released on June 3. I have known Lisa (virtually) since 2011 as we both, on different occasions, belonged to the same close-knit … Continue reading

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Hey, Writers, Stop Building Your Online Platform NOW

Why must you stop building your online platform now? You need to write, damn it. Years ago, I went to see one of my favorite authors, Paul Theroux, read at a Barnes & Noble in New York City’s Union Square. … Continue reading

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Sucky Things I’ve Done As a Writer (#3 is an Epic Suck)

It’s not like you can help but suck. Whenever you start something new, you’re bound to because you really don’t know what you’re doing. The same is true for writers. I’ve been writing for more than 20 years and, during … Continue reading

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Why Your Novel Needs an Editor

My latest post was going to be about what horror fiction means to me as I just self-published my first e-book, the dystopian novella┬áThe Curse of Jaxx, on Amazon. But I had a Google+ exchange this past weekend that highlighted … Continue reading

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Make Time to Write: 6 Strategies (Part I)

Writers already have busy lives without having to worry about how to make time to write. Jobs, family, bills, errands, holiday cards, meals–the list of endless responsibilities goes on. Welcome to the world of adulthood. Some cheerful soul once said … Continue reading

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Fiction: The Nexus of Imagination, Lying and Truth

We give thanks for all our blessings around the Thanksgiving holiday. Looking back over the past year, we recognize all the great people, events and circumstances that have brought happiness to our lives. We are grateful and feel proud to … Continue reading

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Passion and Aging – What Does it Mean to Get Older?

My 86-year-old grandmother died last week. She had been sick since earlier this year; I traveled up to New York in February to say goodbye. Yet still she soldiered on for many months with my parents caring of her, visiting … Continue reading

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