An Ode To Bread! And Cheese! And Cookie Dough!

There are twenty more days of lent to go and I am STARVING…and failing. For the Holy Season, I decided to try going paleo, which involves giving up process foods, focusing mostly on meats and veggies. Hard to do when you constantly out and about or making appearances at book festivals, where they serve nothing but sandwiches,…
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What Makes a Literary Agent Tick?

This week the Debs are sharing stories about their agents, editors and or publishers. Note, this is a repost of a blog post I wrote on Sep. 26, but fit perfectly for this week’s Deb topic. A few months ago, I wrote a big long article on the Grub Street blog on how long it took me…
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Tiffany Jackson’s ALLEGEDLY and the art of (metaphorically) flipping a dinner table

It’s Launch Day for Tiffany!    Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary…
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SMALL ADMISSIONS has launched: A Dozen Reasons I’m having a Wonderful Day

As of today I am a published author. I can’t even tell you how weird it is for me to write that. I’m no spring chicken, and this has been a long, like decades-long, journey for me. I started writing in earnest when my youngest was 4. He’s old enough to drive a car now,…
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Lady in Waiting

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” – Groucho Marx Writers, especially debut writers, universally agree that the pacing of the publishing world is glacial. There have been many times I’ve thought the day would never come that my book would hit the shelves. Like I’ve actually worried I might die of old age…
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The Secret to Writing Is Simple

This week the Debs are writing about our experience of time: time writing books and the publishing timeline.  The venerable Dorothy Parker said a lot of witty things, most of which I either identify with or just plain adore. She has a few witty quips about writing in particular which I identify with: “If you…
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