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  • Rosedale, MD
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Something About Me and My Book:
"Spirit Dog" is available in paperback on Amazon and as a Nook ebook. Its setting is in historical Oklahoma Territory and acquired its name from Indians thinking the dachshund that travels the Texas Road is so different from their wolf like dogs that it has to be a spirit.
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Writing a Memoir

Memoirs have become very popular.  It used to be that a memoir was about a person's entire life. No so anymore. We have strayed from the dictionary definition.  Today it can be for a short period of time, a few months or a few years.  Joan Lundun has published a book covering the nine or so months that she was recovering from cancer,  A Baltimore writer Barbara Morrison has written about a period in her life when she was on welfare.  Sometimes the book is not really an autobiography but a…

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Posted on November 22, 2015 at 8:00am

Words from a Pro

Recently I heard a well known youth author talk about having an agent. He discouraged it.  He feels that agents today do very little for you and that a publishing company does very little.  Therefore, he encourages going directly to a publisher if you can be so successful, or publish as an indie.  As a hybrid author, I think he may be right.  However, I find that writing for fun keeps your brain operating, and creative thoughts moving along.  Great to be living.   

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 2:32pm

Write What you know-----------------++

I have attended many conferences where speakers have repeated this advice.  Write what you know.

I believe there is some truth in that statement.  It's also what you feel most comfortable doing. Another good idea is to hang your story line, especially for children, on a historical peg.  That gives you a good platform to begin writing. One of the stories I wrote years ago for Children's Friend magazine was from a historical tidbit about how George Washington's soldiers…

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Posted on February 17, 2015 at 4:14pm

Creating Excitement

One way to create excitement in your writing is to listen to the current news and add some of those activities to your story.  If you have a writer's block, it will help get you back on track. 

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 5:05pm

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