Writing Through the Road Blocks

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th! And in October, too! Spoopy! This week we’re talking about creativity. Where do we find it? How do we cultivate it? How do we hang onto it? This week we’re talking about creativity. Where do we find it? How do we cultivate it? How do we hang onto it? I’m having a rough week, y’all. For the last year and a half or so I’ve been…

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Run the World

Note: This week we’re talking about the long and arduous process of how we got our agents. I mean, maybe it’s not arduous for everyone, but damned if I didn’t learn a thing or two about patience along the way.  I like statistics. When I was in the process of looking for representation, it felt like all the stories I heard were people who’d queried a handful of agents and…

Friday, September 29, 2017
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The Deep Irony in Asking Me to Write About Balance

Y’all. I didn’t get home until almost 7 last night. I’ve only spent one entire day at home since August 13th, and I am a homebody. I (try to) maintain a full-time job, a healthy marriage, and I’m currently actively working on THREE manuscripts. And that’s not taking into account the dogs, or exercise, or eating real, healthy food on a regular basis. I clearly did not get the memo…

Friday, September 22, 2017
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I Owe You The Moon

  There are a great many people to whom I owe a hefty debt of gratitude for the fact that in just a few months I’ll be able to walk into my local indie and see a piece of my heart on the shelf. Each and every one of those people (Hopefully! Good glory, you would not believe the nightmares!) will be thanked in my acknowledgments. But there are a…

Friday, September 15, 2017
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Shall We Dance? Kicking things off for the Deb Class of 2018

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hey there, y’all. I’m Cass, and my historical fantasy epic From Unseen Fire, Book One of the Aven Cycle, comes out on April 3rd. I’m giddily excited to be part of the 2018 Debutante Ball! To best sum up who I am: Slytherin, Targaryen, Bajoran, ENFJ, Leo, bisexual, pagan, proudly geek chic. I’m a lifelong Virginian — born in Harrisonburg, grew up in Richmond, went to the College of William…

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Jenni L. Walsh’s Three Tips for Book Two

Thursday, August 10, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about their second books. I feel very blessed to continue my career as an author. It’s a dream come true and a profession I highly enjoy. That, of course, doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with challenges. So I’ve cobbled together three quick-ish (they got longer than I expected…) tips for tackling a sophomore book and beyond, based on my own publishing journey. Results may…

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What Sophomore Book?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

This week we’re blogging about our second book efforts. I’m here to weigh in as the Deb Ball Team slacker! Yes, I’m the only one of the five who does not have a second book in at least a completed draft form… …and I’m okay with that. I’ve already written a few times here about my struggle to write my follow-up memoir to Caged Eyes. I believe in this second…

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The Second Time Around

Monday, August 7, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about what’s ahead–second books.  A few days ago I wrote the last word on the first draft of a book called THE SECRET CHEF, about Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco segreto (literally secret chef but meaning private chef) to several Renaissance cardinals and a few Popes. It’s a different era than FEAST OF SORROW, which is set in ancient Rome, so it meant that I…

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A Glimpse Into Summers to Come

Thursday, July 27, 2017

*** Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! The deadline is July 28! *** This week the Debutantes are talking all about summer, and what that means for our writing life. I chuckled as I read Amy’s post about fitting it all in during her chaotic summer months. I’ve got to imagine, with two kids and as a stay-at-home mom, I’ve got…

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Summer Turns Me Into a Dirt-Bag Trail Runner

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I wait all fall, winter, and spring for summer. I watch the snow melt on the peaks just west of my house, waiting for the days when I can go on high-country trail runs or climbs without bringing snow shoes and avalanche beacons. I recognize I’m extremely privileged to take off for weeks at a time in the summer to camp and run in the mountains. For me, summer means…

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