Category: Writing & Editing

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In My Home Library: Short Stories by Louisa May Alcott

I first read Short Stories by Louisa May Alcott in a college American Literature course.  Prior to this short story collection, my only encounter with Alcott’s writing had been Little Women and even that was an abridged version published in the 1970s or ‘80s and sold to children. While Little Women is a 19th century […]

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My Writing Strength: Snappy Dialogue

Writers often are asked, “What is your strength?  Narrative or dialogue?”  That’s an easy question for me to answer.  My writing strength is dialogue. My characters’ dialogue rarely changes between the rough draft and the published version. My narrative passages, on the other hand, will go through five or more drafts.  I blame my journalism […]

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In My Home Library: The Age of Innocence

I first read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton after watching the 1993 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder. I absolutely loved the costumes and the sets.  I was attracted to the story because the struggle Newland Archer endures would never occur in modern society.  Newland falls in love with one woman […]

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In My Home Library: Canada 1911

I first read Canada 1911: The Decisive Election That Shaped the Country by Patrice Dutil and David MacKenzie while researching my WWI Trilogy.  Although 1911 is prior to the Great War, the results of that year’s federal election were felt for years. The federal election of 1911 is one of the dirtiest in Canadian history.  […]

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In My Home Library: World War I in 100 Objects

I first read World War I in 100 Objects by Pete Doyle while I researching and writing my WWI trilogy.  The book was a gift from my husband who felt it might be helpful for my research. As the title indicates, Doyle examines 100 objects that tell the story of the Great War.  Each object […]

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Author’s Life: Unboxing My First Fiction Manuscripts

Angel of Mercy is the first novel I published, but it is not my first novel.  I’ve been writing since I was 10 years old.  Because I began writing before I had a home computer, until very recently, all my stories were written longhand in a series of notebooks.  I kept these notebooks over the […]

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Six Methods I Use For Naming Fiction Characters

Naming fiction characters is like naming a baby.  The person you’re naming will be stuck with that name for life.  Or, in the case of fictional characters, potentially for centuries. In fact, a quick web search shows that some writers take naming fiction characters more seriously than naming children.  I say this because I found […]

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Meet the Bartlettes: Extended Family in the WW1 Trilogy

The Bartlettes are extended family to the Stewards in my WW1 Trilogy.  The trilogy is comprised of Angel of Mercy (released in 2019), Those Left Behind (released 2020) and Adjustment Year (launching April 2021). Here are the six members of the Bartlette family: Amelia “You don’t know how difficult it is,” Amelia said between sobs, […]

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Meet the Stewards: The Main Characters in the WW1 Trilogy

The Stewards are the main characters in my WW1 Trilogy comprised of Angel of Mercy (released in 2019), Those Left Behind (released in 2020) and Adjustment Year (launching April 2021). Here are the 10 members of the Steward family: Benjamin “Your mother and I must learn to accept that most of our children are grown […]

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