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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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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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Happy Endings in Mysteries

Happy Endings in Mysteries

I recently rewatched Stranger Than Fiction, which I remembered being more of a depressing drama than a comedy (which in many ways was an accurate remembrance), and was nervous right up to the end because I couldn’t recall if it had a happy ending. It made me consider why I prefer what is generally referred …

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REVIEW: Alias Hook

REVIEW: Alias Hook

What if the reason Hook continued to fight Peter Pan was because he physically could not leave Neverland? What if it wasn’t a bloodlust for Peter, or a revenge streak that was worth the deaths of his men, but instead a spell that trapped him in a neverending hellish circle of “games” with a merciless …

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Reading: Somewhere in Time

Reading: Somewhere in Time

Published in 1975 under the title Bid Time Return, the novel that inspired the 1980 adaptation known as Somewhere in Time caused all subsequent publications to be renamed. I’ve always loved the film, but I’d never read the book. After reading Time and Again by Jack Finney (1970), in which the narrator accomplishes time travel …

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Mary, Did You Know

Mary, Did You Know

This is one of my favorite scenes from my short story, “Mary, Did You Know” which shares a mother’s memories of events leading up to and following that one holy night, showing there’s really nothing new under the sun when it comes to motherhood. My story is only the first in Christmas Fiction Off the …

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Christmas Off the Beaten Path: Patricia Meredith

Christmas Off the Beaten Path: Patricia Meredith

Welcome to the final installment of my Christmas interviews with my fellow authors in the Christmas Fiction Off the Beaten Path anthology, available for purchase right here! If you missed the other interviews, find them here: Ronnell Kay Gibson— “Those Who Stayed” JPC Allen— “A Rose From the Ashes” Sandra Merville Hart— “Not This Year” …

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Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

This week I wanted to give a special homage to the woman who’s become a huge part of my life lately: the remarkable Anna Katharine Green. On this day, November 11, in 1846, Anna Katharine Green was born to New England lawyer James Wilson Green and Katharine Ann Whitney Green. She was the fourth child, …

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