Guest Blogger Adria Cimino on Character Likability

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Author Adria Cimino is the author of several novels, including her latest release, THE PERFUMER’S SECRET. The quest for a stolen perfume formula awakens passion, rivalry and family secrets in the fragrant flower fields of the South of France… Perfumer Zoe Flore travels to Grasse, perfume capital of the world, to collect a formula: her inheritance from the family she never knew existed. The scent matches the one worn by…

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A Memory of Senses

Monday, May 16, 2016

I have a wonky memory. I have purchased many novels, and have read twenty or thirty pages in only to realize that I had read the book before. I forget character’s names and movie titles and basically every plot point. My lack of memory goes for my own life as well as the stories I consume, so when I read that this week’s theme was childhood memories, I felt at…

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The Superpower of Seeing Beauty

Monday, May 9, 2016

I have a secret to tell you. I have a superpower. And you can have it, too.* My superpower is that I see beauty everywhere. Now, I’m not talking about seeing beauty in a saccharine, Pollyanna kind of way, or in a Lego Movie Everything is Awesome way, or in a hippy, it’s all good kind of way—especially not the last one. You don’t need to know me very long…

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These are a Few of My (Main Character’s) Favorite Things…

Monday, April 25, 2016

The theme this week is Favorite Things, and while I could go on endlessly about the things I love, (and do so in rhyme, while singing) I thought it would be more fun to ask Livvy Rawlings, the main character in my novel THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, what her favorite things are. Take it away, Livvy! Favorite item of clothing: I have this old, green L.L. Bean…

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Louise’s Writerly Role Model

Monday, April 18, 2016

I’m a big believer in role models, and I have scores of them. Most are people I know or have known. My dad, who always gave everyone a fair shake, taught me to keep an open mind, and to judge people only by their actions. My banjo teacher shows me everyday that creating a rich, full, creative life is possible. And my author friends remind me through their own kindness…

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Listening to Your Characters: Name Inspiration

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Monday, March 21, 2016

Naming characters, like naming children and pets, is a funny thing. Names are so important, and pack in so much information. They speak of time, class, and ethnicity. They have history. They have weight. Now, I am not known for my great naming ability. My cat Whitey is named Whitey because, well, she’s white, like a rabbit. And she was adopted the day after our cat Blackie died (who was…

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Feedback–Where to Find It

Monday, December 7, 2015

  We are talking about feedback this week. From critique partnering to participating in a year-long workshop, I’m pretty sure I have received feedback on THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING in every possible form. So let’s start off with a question. Do you need feedback on your novel? The answer is yes. But it’s important to consider what kind of feedback you need in the moment. Here is…

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1 Under 100: Authors and Age

Monday, November 30, 2015

We are talking about age this week, so let’s start off with the facts. I was thirty-eight when I started writing THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING. I was forty-three when I sold the book. I will be forty-five when the book is published. How do I feel about being forty-five when my book gets published? I don’t feel anything about it. I think my age is pretty much…

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How Not to Write

Monday, November 16, 2015

  Here is my time-tested, foolproof method of not writing. If you follow these seventeen simple steps, you may never write another word again!  1. Set your timer for the number of hours you have available to write before going to work, picking up the kids, going to the doctors etc. 2. Boot up your laptop. Read the pages you wrote yesterday, revising as you go. Do this until you reach a…

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On Time

Monday, November 2, 2015

Nineteen ways a writer looks at time. No time to lose­–Do not wait another second to start writing your novel. It’s a long process. The time is now. Doing time­­­–The hours you put in studying craft, through reading, taking classes, participating in critique groups and workshopping your draft. Spare Time–Something you will never have, ever again. Writing a novel is a large undertaking, and your writing time has to be…

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