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Weird, Random Shit About Me

Calling Debut Authors! We Are Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Click the link below to learn more. Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Our topic this week is to discuss some weird, surprising things people may not know about this year’s Debs! I met James Taylor when I…
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Clyde Barrow: The Boy Who Wrote Bonnie Parker a Doggone Song to Show Her How He Cares

This week the Debs are talking about music and its impact on our writing and our life.  As Amy said on Tuesday, we like it quiet when we write. No distractions, please (besides kids, social media, and those voices in our heads…). Even though music doesn’t get any billing while I’m writing, I still incorporate…
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Art Influences Art

Film, paintings, music, books– they all carry transformative powers. When the timing is right, and the recipient open, art inspires action. Art often also influences other art, interacting with the creative spirit of another without the artist even knowing. Over a decade ago I used a retention bonus to take a year off work to write a novel. Given the odds…
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The Music That Made THE LOST GIRLS

Music is critical to my writing process. When I sat down to work on THE LOST GIRLS, I’d turn on Pandora and hit the playlist I’d — unoriginally — named “The Lost Girls.” Out flowed a brooding soundtrack of melancholy, loss, helpless faith, and forlorn love that shivered all along my nerve endings to my…
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Losing Myself in the Past: My Writing Playlists

"Anything Goes" by Cole Porter

Historical fiction requires a completely different mindset. To lose yourself in another time, it helps to experience it. To write MODERN GIRLS, I needed to block out the twenty-first century and pretend I lived in the first half of the twentieth century. So I immersed myself in the spirit of the 1930s, using every sense…
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The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living Playlist

There is, of course, baking in THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, but music plays almost as important a role in the story. My main character Livvy plays the banjo, and one of the ways that she connects to the people of the town of Guthrie is by joining a contra dance band. Here…
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The Tunes: Writing Music for THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE

  I cannot write without music. Full stop. End of story. My brain is wired to get down to business once the tunes start. Music keeps the skittish part of my brain occupied so the rest of it can get down to work. It’s the babysitter for my Id. Without it, I’m helpless against the myriad of…
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