Retro Reads: Domestic Suspense

Retro Reads is a series of posts highlighting the best, most interesting, and most hilarious trends of the fiction of yesteryear. I’m halfway through the book pictured at left, and I have to say – It. Is. Brilliant. The introduction from editor Sarah Weinman is informative, engrossing, and entertaining, and the stories chosen for theContinue reading “Retro Reads: Domestic Suspense”

The Life Authorial: Choosing a pen name

The Life Authorial is a series of posts sharing firsthand tips learned on the journey toward publication. So I chose this photo because: 1) pens, duh; and 2) the Hi-Tecpoint writes so smooothhh (picture me saying that in a James Brown sort of voice), I can easily picture myself using it to sign my nameContinue reading “The Life Authorial: Choosing a pen name”

On Writing: Life Hacks to Help You Write

What if a pill could make you rich and powerful? This is the tagline attached to 2011’s Limitless, a film about struggling writer Eddie Morra, who is able to access 100% of his mental abilities with the help of a mysterious, experimental pill. Predictably, mayhem ensues as the miracle drug turns out to be moreContinue reading “On Writing: Life Hacks to Help You Write”

On Writing: Educating Myself on Diversity in Fiction

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about diversity in genre fiction – where to find it, how to write it, and what it means. In my own writing, I aim to include people of diverse backgrounds and histories, whether cultural, racial, sexual or otherwise, but like many authors, I worry about whether I’m “doing diversityContinue reading “On Writing: Educating Myself on Diversity in Fiction”

The Life Authorial: Using photos on your blog

The Life Authorial is a series of posts sharing firsthand tips learned on the journey toward publication. So, that girl with the computer? The one stuck in the olden days with the confused look on her face? That’s me, trying to figure out ‘the internet’. Or to put it more specifically, trying to figure out ‘theContinue reading “The Life Authorial: Using photos on your blog”

Retro Reads: Hardboiled Fiction

Retro Reads is a series of posts highlighting the best, most interesting, and most hilarious trends of the fiction of yesteryear. “I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings.”                          Continue reading “Retro Reads: Hardboiled Fiction”

Retro Reads: Vintage romance – the evolution of a genre

Retro Reads is a series of posts highlighting the best, most interesting, and most hilarious trends of the fiction of yesteryear. Most of us have probably seen this sort of watercolor-foggy, beautiful-people romance cover before. Now a staple at yard sales, used book stores, and grandmothers’ basements, this type of image is characteristic of whatContinue reading “Retro Reads: Vintage romance – the evolution of a genre”

The Life Authorial: How to take a great author photo

The Life Authorial is a series of posts sharing firsthand tips learned on the journey toward publication.    Nervewracking… Anxiety-provoking… Self-esteem depleting… Fun? As they say on Sesame Street, one of these things is not like the other ones. In fact, for many people, having a photo taken is so uncomfortable, it rises almost toContinue reading “The Life Authorial: How to take a great author photo”

To Write Is An Act of Courage

I recently came across an entry on style and body image blog Already Pretty that resonated with me. Entitled “What Could You Accomplish?”, the post discusses a conversation the author had with a female friend, who said that she would never run for office because of the scrutiny and criticism she would receive for herContinue reading “To Write Is An Act of Courage”