Category Archives: Joy

Responding to the Call

To Cynthia Neale, getting published has been a spiritual journey, having felt a calling from a young age. “I wanted to be that writer who was always in the attic writing,” she said. “But I had to make a living.” She earned … Continue reading

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Country Elk and Town Elk

The morning air was cool and crisp. I wiped the sandman’s work from my eyes and decended the front steps. Rounding the corner two houses away, I stretched oxygen into my sleepy muscles. A hearty yawn and … 10 magestic elk stood right in front of me … Continue reading

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Novel Writing 101: Character Development

Writing was the last thing Mark Mynheir wanted to do as he grew up. Being dyslexic, “From my earliest memories, the written word was my enemy,” he said. “I struggled through school kicking and screaming, hating every moment of it. … Continue reading

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Making it to the Bestseller List

Hank Phillippi Ryan‘s latest novel—The Wrong Girl—reached the Boston Globe Bestseller list within a week of its September 2013 release. I caught up to Hank during a whirlwind book tour. She wasn’t even sure what town she was in until she … Continue reading

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Know Your Limitations

People told Auburn McCanta she couldn’t do what she did. But she had a purpose, and she pursued it. She wrote her debut novel, All the Dancing Birds, in a way people advised against: first person present tense, from inside … Continue reading

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Storytelling for a Cause

Wado is the Cherokee word for thank you. I learned that from Deborah Ledford’s online benefit, NatAmGoGo. The purpose of the benefit is to help a 501(c)3 nonprofit called Blue Feather Corporation to keep Native American language and culture alive. … Continue reading

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Supported Self Publishing

Marsha Sandoval released her comedy mystery, Cat House: Adventures of a Real Estate Madam, in July 2013. Her character Niki Brooks is a luxury home real estate agent desperate to survive the Great Recession of 2008. She decides to think … Continue reading

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A Publisher’s View

Jessica Tribble has been Publisher of Poisoned Pen Press (PPP)  in Scottsdale, Ariz., since 2005, after enjoying the summer of 2004 as their intern. She described PPP as “one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the country.” They specialize … Continue reading

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Contracts and Critique Groups

Susan Spann’s debut novel, Claws of the Cat, was published by Minotaur Books in July 2013. It’s the first in her Shinobi mystery series. Set in sixteenth-century Japan, the novel features a ninja detective who solves murders with the help … Continue reading

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Indie Publishing is Hard Work

Connie Flynn had several best-selling novels under her belt when critics dubbed her a “rising star” in 1997. At the time, her novels—including romantic suspense, romantic adventure, romantic comedy and paranormal romance—were published by Harlequin and Penguin. Her second book graced the Waldenbooks … Continue reading

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