How to Write Women of Colour and Men of Colour if you are White

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by Kayla Ancrum A colleague of mine was talking to me recently about her misgivings about her capabilities regarding writing Women of Color. She wanted very badly to include several WOC characters in her sci-fantasy series, but she had some concerns about correct portrayal and writing them in a way that wouldn’t instantly…

Nicola Does Dedham! New England Crimebake and research trip to Boston

Crimebake I returned this week from an adventure in Massachusetts, where I attended the New England Crimebake conference in Dedham and then stayed on in Boston to sightsee and do some research for a couple of days. Although Air Canada oversold my flight and lost my luggage for three days,  I can’t say enough goodContinue reading “Nicola Does Dedham! New England Crimebake and research trip to Boston”

Author, Know Thyself! How your personality type shapes your writing

   An introduction to personality types (and a bit about me) Lately I’ve been thinking about how personality type affects my writing – specifically, how it can improve or hinder my word count. In my day-job-world, I’m currently enrolled in a management course that has afforded me the opportunity  to take all kinds of personality testsContinue reading “Author, Know Thyself! How your personality type shapes your writing”

Interview With… An Entertainment Lawyer

Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a vampire? A: A vampire only sucks blood at night. Lawyer jokes abound, but as an author there’s no one I’d rather have in my corner when it comes down to questions of entertainment law or intellectual property (IP) than my good friend and colleague, Jillian C.Continue reading “Interview With… An Entertainment Lawyer”

When Life Gets In The Way – Writer’s Block and Creativity

Ever feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish everything you’d planned? Or worse, that there was enough time but you’ve squandered it, frittered away the hours doing God knows what when you could have been – should have been – writing, or reading, or doing anything but watching back-to-back episodes of TheContinue reading “When Life Gets In The Way – Writer’s Block and Creativity”

You Can’t Throw a Gavel Without Hitting a Lawyer-Turned-Author

Some of the jobs I’ve held include: short order cook, nanny, postmaster’s assistant, and “background talent” (read – extra in movies and commercials). But of all the jobs I’ve tried, the one that I’m least likely to write about is the one that I spent the most time training for – my current profession ofContinue reading “You Can’t Throw a Gavel Without Hitting a Lawyer-Turned-Author”

New England Crimebake 2014 and tips for getting the most out of writing conferences

I am very, very excited to be attending this year’s New England Crime Bake, a mystery/crime writing conference in Dedham, Massachusetts. It’s an annual conference hosted by the New England chapters of Sisters In Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and celebrates New England crime fiction and non-fiction. This year’s guest of honor is CraigContinue reading “New England Crimebake 2014 and tips for getting the most out of writing conferences”

“No one wants to read about a supermodel” – How bestselling author Marie Force proved them all wrong

Last month, the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada were incredibly fortunate to welcome bestselling author Marie Force to Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a wonderful writer – I highly recommend her Fatal series and the new Green Mountain books – and a funny, engaging speaker. Here’s what she had to say: “No one wants toContinue reading ““No one wants to read about a supermodel” – How bestselling author Marie Force proved them all wrong”

A Post Most Auto-biographical: In which I take the Proust Questionnaire

In case you were wondering what I look like on the weekends, when I haven’t had my hair and makeup done for an author photo, the picture on the left was taken last weekend while I was away with a couple of girlfriends from some R&R. And in case you were wondering how I mightContinue reading “A Post Most Auto-biographical: In which I take the Proust Questionnaire”

Tips from Mark Leslie Lefebvre, Kobo’s Director of Self Publishing and Author Relations

As a member of Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada (RWAC), a Canadian chapter of Romance Writers of America, I am fortunate to have access to a wide variety of guest speakers, workshops, retreats and other writing events. At RWAC’s April meeting, we were very pleased to welcome guest speaker Mark Leslie Lefebvre, Kobo’s Director of SelfContinue reading “Tips from Mark Leslie Lefebvre, Kobo’s Director of Self Publishing and Author Relations”