A Writer's Journey

March 8, 2017

Celebrating Women Authors

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I am a woman.

I’m sure you’ve probably figured that out by now and that I’ve probably flat out said before. But I thought I’d state it again.

Today is International Women’s Day. Some women may have walked out of work today, protesting pay inequity between the genders in the workplace. Some may not. Still, today is our day.

So I thought I would celebrate by highlighting three of my favorite female authors.

Jane Austen: I absolutely love her writing. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book and I’ve loved the other books I’ve read (especially Mansfield Park). Many mistake her works for light romance but they are more than that. They are social commentaries disguised as light fare. Really read one. You’ll see.

Ann Rinaldi: She is my favorite author. Ever. I used to run into the library or the book store to find the next book of hers to read. Through her, I learned that historical fiction was a genre and it was one I enjoyed reading. I learned so much from her, including how to write historical fiction. I will forever be indebted to her.

Sara Donati: I think it’s been a while since I’ve talked about her. Mostly because I’ve been delaying reading “Endless Forest” because I don’t want the adventures of the Bonners to end. She brought the New York wilderness, 19th century New Orleans and Scotland to life with her vivid descriptions and  decorated the landscapes with colorful and intriguing characters. She is heavily influenced by Diana Gabaldon and poor Hannah Bonner gets put through the Jamie Fraser wringer, but if you want a straight historical romance without fantasy elements, check her out.

These are just 3 of my favorite women authors. Who are some of yours?

September 24, 2012

Reviews, Authors and Publicity

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It’s hard to be an author today. That’s why I go to grad school for something else because while I love to imagine making a good living off my writing, I know it’s not realistic. But that’s now what this post is about.

Last year, I began looking up literary agents even though I was only in the first few chapters of “The Wedding Game” and stuck on “Through the Mists.” Early, yes, but I now have an excel sheet of literary agents to query hopefully after this round of revisions on “The Wedding Game.” But while looking into literary agents, there were articles about what a potential may ask you and what you should ask the agent. One question an agent may ask regarded publicity and what you the author would do to promote your book.

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