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New article and interview

New article and interview

Amsterdam’s experiencing an unexpected yet welcome heat wave, which means I’ve been on the beach more than behind my computer 🙂 Many thanks to Lucia N. Davis and Andrew Cairns for featuring me on their blogs these past two weeks! I feel honored to be the first person Lucia N. Davis interviewed for her blog. It was lovely to revisit the places which inspired my novels. Thanks, Lucia! You can read the entire interview on her blog. Andrew Cairns invited…

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Twitter for Beginners

Twitter for Beginners

I am often asked by author friends new to Twitter what hashtags are and why they should be using them. Quite simply, when you tweet a message with no hashtags it is invisible to anyone not following you. And when you are just starting out, that won’t be many people. Twitter users can ‘find’ tweets two ways: searching for a keyword or checking their favorite hashtag streams. Yet the results are surprisingly different. Try it one time. For example, when…

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Staying ‘In The Moment’: One Author’s Adventure in Travel Writing by Jennifer S. Alderson

Staying ‘In The Moment’: One Author’s Adventure in Travel Writing by Jennifer S. Alderson

So far this month we have been introduced to three travel memoir authors – Melissa Burovac, Jill Dobbe and Anne Hamilton – and their unique stories. It has been a pleasure reading about their journeys and how their travels influenced their writing. The rest of the month I will feature articles by former and current expats and authors Beth Green, Annika Milisc-Stanley and Pamela Allegretto here on my blog. Today I want to share my own story about how I…

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A Blonde Bengali Wife and Me by Anne Hamilton

A Blonde Bengali Wife and Me by Anne Hamilton

I came across Anne Hamilton’s memoir A Blonde Bengali Wife a few months ago via an amazing Facebook group, Women Writers, Women’s Books. At the time, I was editing together Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand and recall being quite pleased to find another travel memoir writer in the group! Reading her posts and the description of her novel, I was immediately struck by the similarities to the start of our first trips abroad, and in awe of her decision…

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Write What You Know by Jill Dobbe

Write What You Know by Jill Dobbe

Jill Dobbe’s extensive experience as an international educator enriches her fascinating travel memoir, Kids, Camels & Cairo, a book I highly recommend to those considering taking the plunge and working overseas. It is quite an insightful read, as is this article ‘Write What You Know’.   Write What You Know By Jill Dobbe   Hemingway said it and I write by it. It’s the advice I remember receiving, and the reason I became a published author in my fifties. Upon…

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Mystery Thriller Week update

Mystery Thriller Week update

Mystery Thriller Week has turned out to be the most productive, collaborative event I’ve ever participated in! Many thanks to Vicki Goodwin, Benjamin Thomas and Sherrie Marshall Spitz for organizing such an amazing event! I’m so glad you invited me to participate this year and can’t wait for 2018. If you are an author or blogger who is interested in participating next year, you can sign up on their website now.   Reviews of The Lover’s Portrait and Down and…

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MTW Interview with Janice J. Richardson

MTW Interview with Janice J. Richardson

Today I’m pleased to welcome Janice J. Richardson, author of The Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery Series. The first book in her series, Casket Cache, is already on my Kindle! I love her unique take on the cozy mystery genre and Canadian setting. Now lets take a few minutes to get to know Janice and her books a bit better… ***Updated with my review on March 19, 2017***   My 5 Star Review of Casket Cache Casket Cache is an…

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What reviews teach me about my novels

What reviews teach me about my novels

As Mystery Thriller Week fast approaches, I and many other MTW authors are preparing to see a slew of new reviews of our precious novels. It’s an exhilarating and somewhat nerve-wracking time. What will the reviewers say about our books? Did they enjoy the story, characters and setting? Could they relate to the protagonist and their journey? As the author, deep down you hope every reviewer thinks it is a 5 star ‘must read’. That’s only natural. But that rarely…

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Guest post on Women Writers, Women’s Books

Guest post on Women Writers, Women’s Books

How Archival Research added Texture to my Novel I’m so excited to see an article I’ve written about the historical research I conducted while writing The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, now featured on the front page of the amazing online magazine, Women Writers, Women’s Books! What an honor! I’d love to hear what you think of the article, and what your responses are to the questions I pose at the end of the article: “Fellow authors, do you conduct archival…

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Why do I write?

Why do I write?

Motivated by Passion I’m always amazed by the number of people I meet who have a well-developed idea for a book in their heads but have already convinced themselves they aren’t ‘good’ enough to actually write it. “You’re a published author,” they say, “maybe you can write it up for me.” Since my first book’s release in November 2015, I’ve been asked to author three memoirs, a science fiction novel, a technical manual and a daily calendar of inspirational quotations,…

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