Apr
12
  • Writing under the influence…

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    Whether you write a book a year or a book a month, most authors write under the influence of something. Some drink coffee and eat chocolate, while others sip a cup of tea and eat scones. It has been said that some of the world’s most prolific writers turned to wine or other spirits in order to overcome writer’s block. I get a lot of questions about writer’s block and for me it’s a simple answer. I pray. Whenever I […]

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Jan
21
  • Florida Cowboys wear Stranglers…

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    I’ve gotten many questions from readers regarding the scene in Cowgirl Strong, book #3 in the Redneck Debutante®™ Series, about Travis and his lack of underwear. Without ruining it for people who haven’t read Cowgirl Strong, I decided to provide a little background information on this small, unknown tidbit. Growing up my friends and I wore our jeans so tight that we had to lay down just to zip them up…using a pair of wire pliers no less. Hence the popular brand […]

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Oct
29
  • Let’s Get Emotional!

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    Some of the most difficult scenes to write can be the emotionally charged ones. Whether it’s happiness or sadness, confusion or anger, a scene needs to hook the reader, pulling them into the character’s feelings in a way that is both convincing and plausible. I find that often times I may write a scene in the most powerful way and gain the reader’s empathy when I am feeling that same emotion myself. For example, when I experienced grief and loss- […]

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Aug
30
Aug
25
  • A Chapter a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

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    I used to sit and write ten thousand words per day. While that was very productive, the end result was shoulder and neck pain. There’s a fine line between productivity and overdoing it. Now, my goal is a chapter or three thousand words per day. I know authors who write a page a day while others write several. There really is no magic formula for writing success. All I know is what works for me and what doesn’t. My advice […]

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Jul
6
Jun
16
  • Becoming a Best Selling Indie Author…

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    I wish I could say that this was easily done, but as many of you know it wasn’t. Along the way I’ve had many ups and downs- but a passion for writing has always pushed me onward. As I get farther down this path and experience more success than I thought possible, I’ve decided to share my journey with others. I have worked with an agent, but I don’t anymore- and all of it has been a huge learning curve. Today I will focus […]

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Apr
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28