Apples to Apples: Surprise at the Core of Three Great Books

My daughter Abby has the unique gift of comparing humans to animals. She studies a person, then comes up with the best animal comparison ever. She’s spot on every time, sending us into howls of laughter. Sometimes I come across two or three wildly different books that have one or two similarities worth comparing. ThisContinue reading “Apples to Apples: Surprise at the Core of Three Great Books”

Writing for the Books & Joanna Davidson Politano

2017 was a great year for novels with storylines involving writers. Four were on my reading list, and should probably be on yours if for no other reason than they are about writing. Rachel Hauck’s The Writing Desk is a luscious time-jump tale with a writing desk in the middle. Tenley Roth has one bestseller,Continue reading “Writing for the Books & Joanna Davidson Politano”

2016: Books I’m Glad I Read

I keep track of the books I read each year. There’s no particular reason except that I like to look back and see what I read. I read 37 books in 2003, the year I had 3- and 5-year old boys and 11- and 13-year-old girls. In 2013 I read 57. In 2016, 60. AboutContinue reading “2016: Books I’m Glad I Read”

A Writer’s Give-Thanks List

This Thanksgiving weekend is a fine time to give thanks for the good things in a writer’s life. You may not have a published book or even a byline yet, but there are still a fair number of writerly things for which to be thankful. Reference Materials. Maybe a good thesaurus isn’t at the topContinue reading “A Writer’s Give-Thanks List”

The Q&A: Karen Kingsbury

Bestseller author Karen Kingsbury is known and loved for her Baxter family books. She’s written 24 in the collection, the most recent “The Baxter Family Christmas.” Another title, “Love Story,” comes out in June 2017 and a third next fall. Kingsbury knows how to wring the emotions out of every character and scene. She’s beenContinue reading “The Q&A: Karen Kingsbury”

The Q&A: Lynn Austin

Lynn Austin’s writing space. Love the old typewriter on the shelf. One of the best parts of my job as a freelance writer and literary agent is meeting writers and talking to them about their books and writing lives. I’m delighted to share that information with you as an occasional feature on this blog. IContinue reading “The Q&A: Lynn Austin”

Sticking Point: Staying with Your Writing Dream

There is no doubt about it: Writing is hard work. Perhaps the hardest part is sticking with it through discouragement and juggling writing and the life you live. Your day job, children young and old, elder care, housework and volunteer duties all can sap the strength you have. But you write in the cracks—those fewContinue reading “Sticking Point: Staying with Your Writing Dream”