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Mar.14.2012
My new novel THE HURRICANE LOVER involves a deadly game of cat and mouse that spins out of control during the devastating Gulf Coast hurricane season of 2005. A con artist uses the collapsed infrastructure as cover for identity theft and murder, and she lures her victims through a website that...
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Aug.24.2011
Writing for the masses in 8th grade
This is me at the time of my first professional writing gig. In 1976, I was an 8th grade misfit at an academically boffo but ideologically stifling Evangelical school. Girls in my class consumed True Confessions Magazine every month. (Who loves porn more than Puritan's, right?) Reading stories...
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Nov.29.2010
FYI, I mainly post on "Boxing the Octopus", where a predominantly jolly crew of publishing pros discuss the joys and challenges of the book business. Check us out at www.boxocto.com !  
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Nov.28.2010
Among this week's nonfiction bestsellers, you'll see a former U.S. president, a Rolling Stone, an actress with food issues, two political pundits, and someone known as "Baba Booey." What you won't see is at least six ghostwriters who make their living actually writing the books "...
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Nov.17.2010
The summer I was twelve, I went through a serious Michener phase, and my favorite book by far was his sweeping epic "Hawaii." The religious themes particularly resonated with me; I'd gone to super strict parochial school since first grade, and it was really beginning to rub me the wrong...
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Nov.08.2010
From Nancy Brinker's guest blog on Kindle Daily Post:Looking at my life and the breathtaking scope of the work done by Susan G. Komen for the Cure in this broader context, I’m humbled and elated. All around me every day, stories pour down like rain, bringing fresh life to everything we do. When I...
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Nov.08.2010
Author/editor Ray Rhamey in Prologues: Yes or No over at Writer Unboxed today:As an editor, I have never liked prologues. As a writer, I’ve never written one. As a reader, I skip them. Yet they keep appearing on myFlogging the Quill blog for criticism. I post the opening lines of the prologue plus...
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Nov.08.2010
 National Novel Writing Month encourages aspiring authors to set aside their procrastinating ways and blitz out a 50K word manuscript in 30 days. From the NaNoWriMo web site: National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1....
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Nov.08.2010
As the proud owner of a brassy little Boston terrier (actually, make that "the not completely unwilling financeer of a completely self-actualized Boston terrier"), I couldn't resist Julie Klam's new book, You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness, fresh as a newly...
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Nov.08.2010
I inadvertently cracked someone up with the following exchange in the produce section:Him: What would you say is the single most important factor in your success as a writer?Me: My faith in God.Him (having heard about the dirty dirty leftist dildo book after it was read by his wife's book club): Oh...
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