Interview with Barbara Conrey, bestselling author of NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

This week’s interview is with Barbara Conrey whose debut novel, NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE is a USA Today bestseller. Below, Barbara talks about the authors that inspire her, the story behind her book’s title, her next big project and more. Enjoy!   ABOUT BARBARA Barbara Conrey worked in the health care industry for many years before opting for an early retirement, which lasted all of three months. She then accepted a position…

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Interview with Julie Carrick Dalton, author of WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

I’m so excited that this week’s interview is with Julie Carrick Dalton whose debut novel, WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG, came out YESTERDAY! Julie has been an incredibly generous writer friend who has always gone out of her way to shine a spotlight on every new debut author so it’s exciting to see her have this moment in the sun. Congratulations Julie! Below, Julie shares about the books she loved…

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Daydreaming My Way Into Writing

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

When I look back through the years, thinking about where I found the inspiration and the drive to become a writer, it’s impossible not to think about my childhood. As the youngest of four kids, I spent countless hours chasing after my older brothers, trying to weasel my way into their Nerf games and Lego battles. (Sure, I have an older sister too, but the eight-year age gap between us…

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Demons and Daydreams: How Hieronymus Bosch Got Me Writing

Thursday, December 10, 2020

I had a really hard time choosing a major in college. I went from Business Administration to Retailing, to Fashion, and finally landed in Art History – a perfect place for people like me who love art, but lack all artistic ability. Art History was a really fun major, and I enjoyed my classes tremendously. We’d scrutinize paintings, paying attention to style, technique, and symbolism, and listen to stories our…

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Interview with Georgina Cross, author of THE STEPDAUGHTER

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

How fun to be doing this week’s interview with Georgina Cross, whose debut novel, THE STEPDAUGHTER, has received rave reviews and has been compared to THE MOTHER-IN-LAW and BIG LITTLE LIES. Below, Georgina shares more about her journey to publication, the experience of losing her best friend, and the importance of modeling grit and perseverance for one’s kiddos. Enjoy!   ABOUT GEORGINA After graduating from Louisiana State University, Georgina enjoyed…

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Ignoring the Masters

Today’s topic is about the books and authors that have inspired me to write. But the authors I most admire never inspire me to write. Mostly they inspire me to keep turning the pages of their wondrous, luminous books. And then, when I dive back into my own work, I’m paralyzed by waves of shame and insecurity as I know I’ll never produce anything so perfect. Writing is hard! There’s…

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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The Jackhammer in the Basement: On writing (or not writing) through distractions

Thursday, October 29, 2020

“It’s a black fly in your chardonnay. It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late.” Alanis Morissette was kind enough to give us many definitions of irony in 1995, and to those I would like to add, “It’s a jackhammer in your basement when you’re trying to write a blog post about writing through distractions.” We’re getting our house earthquake-retrofitted — a project that was initially supposed to take…

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The World of The Frozen Crown

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

You want the fantasy author to talk worldbuilding?? Welp, you all are in for it now! I could probably write a short book on the nuts and bolts of my worldbuilding process… don’t worry. I won’t do that here. Instead I’d like to focus on the all the things that inspired the world of The Frozen Crown. I knew from page one, that I wanted The Frozen Crown to feel…

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World Building in the Real World

Thursday, October 8, 2020

When writers talk about “world building” they mean more than just setting. Setting is where a story takes place. But a fictional world is setting, history, the special rules of that particular place, the people who inhabit that world, as well as the general tone or atmosphere that sort of floats over every page. The setting of the Harry Potter books is England, but in order to build her fictional…

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A recession, a baby, an idea: The inspiration behind MONA AT SEA

Friday, September 4, 2020

I never planned on becoming a writer. What I actually wanted was an entry-level job in corporate finance. But when I graduated from the University of Kansas in December of 2008 with an MBA, the world looked very different than it had 18 months before when I started the program. Lehman Brothers had just collapsed. Countrywide imploded. General Motors needed a bailout to survive. And here I was with a…

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