How Much History is Too Much History?

How Much History is Too Much History?

What does a writer of historical fiction have in common with a writer of epic fantasy? How much history is too much history? It’s the same dilemma for both writers, oddly enough. For the epic fantasy writer (like my husband, Andrew Meredith), there’s always the question of spending too much time describing the world, and …

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Reading: Agatha Christie’s Autobiography

Reading: Agatha Christie’s Autobiography

I’m afraid I don’t have much to add to the brilliance that is Agatha Christie’s autobiography. Instead, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite quotes from my reading, particularly those pertaining to writing. I hope they encourage and inspire you as they have me! “The whole point of a good detective story was that it …

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Forgotten Females

Forgotten Females

Did you know: 100 years ago women’s right to vote came to fruition with the passing of the 19th Amendment! Of all years, this year in particular it seems especially important for women to use this right. Two years ago, in honor of Women’s History Month, I tweeted a series of posts about Forgotten Females …

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The Query Question

The Query Question

I recently had a friend ask me how I got my agent with the idea being that she also would like to pursue publication. But when I started explaining, her eyes glazed over and she got that funny twitch in the corner of her mouth that people get when they’re like, “Are you kidding me??” …

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Escapades of a Spokane Thief

Escapades of a Spokane Thief

I’m trying something new! If you subscribe to my newsletter right now, you’ll receive a free copy of my short story “Escapades of a Spokane Thief” set in 1901 Spokane! Then, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to catch when I begin my newest endeavor: Online Presentations! I’ll begin with reading …

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Reviving My Blue Flame

Reviving My Blue Flame

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been having trouble finding the energy to write, and it finally occurred to me that maybe what was holding me back (outside of quarantine stress) was this feeling like I couldn’t just write whatever gave me joy, which right now might not be mystery. It was then …

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Writing During Quarantine

Writing During Quarantine

As an introvert, I recharge with time alone. So I have to admit, when Quarantine hit, hearing that all required social events were canceled made my little introvert heart soar with happiness. Fast forward six or seven (or has it been eight?) weeks… I’ve been spiraling through cycles of depression and mood swings like crazy …

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Listening vs Reading

Listening vs Reading

I originally wrote this article before quarantine had started, but it’s only become more true given the world’s current circumstances. Listening to audiobooks is a wonderful way to pass the day. I myself much prefer listening to a book these days over reading them for several reasons.  I can listen while I work, be it …

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What is Success? A Little Women Comparison

What is Success? A Little Women Comparison

How do you define success? It’s a loaded question, isn’t it? In the newest adaptation of L.M. Alcott’s Little Women, director Greta Gerwig helps viewers and readers take a fresh look at a favorite classic. One of the biggest questions I felt she asked through the retelling is, “What is success?” For Meg, success is …

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Reading: The Count of Monte Cristo

Reading: The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is one of my favorite stories of all time. I was first introduced to this 1844 novel via the 2002 movie with Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce. It’s an incredible story of love, revenge, justice, and ultimately, mercy. I had never read the full novel, though I think …

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