Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: compare and contrast

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

I don’t have any magic formulas for the books I selected and used as comparable titles — except if you consider reading, as I do, as a superpower. A few years ago I wanted to start sending out my own book.  I attempted to take stock of what I loved to read and re-read, the books I kept returning to for inspiration and solace: The House on Mango Street by…

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On Drafting

Thursday, October 11, 2018

I get easily excited about ideas. If you sit me in front of a computer long enough, I will inevitably start writing. Drafting is the fun part. Drafting should be the stream of consciousness part, the unfiltered part, the part that is done out of joy. In drafting, there is no judgment, only indulgence. One is able to describe a house or a room or even a bowl of soup…

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Interview with Elizabeth Rosner and Survivor Cafe giveaway

Saturday, September 29, 2018

I’m so, so happy to feature poet, novelist and now, non-fiction author Elizabeth Rosner on the blog this week! Elizabeth and I are literary agency AND publisher sisters – both represented by the wonderful DeFiore & Company in New York, publishing our books with the incredible Counterpoint Press located in Berkeley, CA. Elizabeth is the author of five, count-em five, books — and most recently her first non-fiction/memoir Survivor Café: The Legacy of…

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What You Should Be Reading

My to-read book pile
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Like Louise, I have a towering stack of to-be-read books. The pile is threatening my bed and I’ve had to stack up the overflow on the shelves. I keep the TBR books faced out so I can always grab them. Of course these piles are deceptive because it doesn’t show the twenty or so unread books I also have on my Kindle. You can see by these piles that I…

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Public Speaking: If I Survived, So Can You

Friday, May 16, 2014

As I write this blog post on Thursday afternoon, half of my mind is on the reading I will be doing tonight. The truth is, I don’t want to do it. I’m here to tell you that in the annals of authordom, I’m more J.D. Salinger than J.K. Rowling. If I could get away with being a recluse, I gladly would. To repeat, I don’t want to do the reading…

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KILMOON, Evolution of a Book Cover

Friday, December 13, 2013

I had a dream for KILMOON’s cover. I wanted it to look like a “big book.” By this I mean that I wanted my name to be as prominent as the title. In the realm of mystery/suspense/thriller, the bigger the name on the cover, the bigger the author. It’s a branding thing. If your name is above the title — whoa, definite big time! I thought a lot about branding. I thought…

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Guest Author GIGI PANDIAN Reveals How She Debuted Twice + Signed Copy Giveaway!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Today we welcome Gigi Pandian, one of the nicest people on the planet and author of the acclaimed Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series. Her debut, ARTIFACT, was named a “Best of 2012” novel by Suspense Magazine. In Artifact, historian Jaya Jones discovers the secrets of a lost Indian treasure may be hidden in a Scottish legend from the days of the British Raj. But she’s not the only one…

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GUEST AUTHOR || Julie Anne Lindsey On Phobias and Writing in Different Genres + ARC Giveaway of DECEIVED

Saturday, September 14, 2013

We are pleased to welcome Julie Anne Lindsey as our guest today. Julie is a self-proclaimed word nerd who would rather read than almost anything else. She started writing to make people smile. Someday she plans to change the world. Most days you’ll find her online, amped up on caffeine and wielding a book. Julie’s newest novel, DECEIVED, is available September 18th on Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository and…

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GUEST AUTHOR || Dave Jackson Talks Tattoos and Breaking Bad + Ebook Giveaway of Tattoo Rampage

Saturday, September 7, 2013

We’re honored to introduce fellow debut author Dave Jackson. Our first guest author! Not your typical author, “Gusto” Dave started writing in his constant pursuit to become a renaissance man. Then he fell in love with the art form. Comedy is one of his many passions. He writes and performs skits as well as performs stand-up. Also a songwriter and guitarist, he has composed over 300 musical titles. In TATTOO…

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Deb Susan Loves All the New Beginnings

I’ve always loved beginnings, and New Year’s Day in particular. New Year’s Day is the stuff of dreams, its potential limited only by imagination. This particular year holds more exciting potential than any other I can remember. It won’t be as emotional as the year I married my husband, or as life-changing as the year I knew I would first hold my son in my arms. But numerically speaking, 2013’s…

Thursday, January 3, 2013
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