Wrapping up Twitter questions

on July 7, 2016

Today we’ve got a twofer! I’m answering the last two Twitter questions. First up, Christina had a query about imposter syndrome vs. historical fiction: Do you ever feel like you’ve captured the time period? Capturing the time period is impossible, so I don’t aim to. The difficulty is that, while familiar, the past is a…

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References for Kate

on July 5, 2016

Via Twitter, Kate asked: What are your go-to references for historical accuracy in fashion, politics, social interaction, etc? Most readers and writers are familiar with the obvious sources, so I’m going to list a few that might not immediately come to mind: *Instagram. I’ve only been Instagramming for about a year, but I’ve found a…

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A question about process

on June 30, 2016

Dawn from Twitter asked: Of all your published works, which was the most challenging to write? It’s a strange thing, but every few books I get one that just won’t cooperate. I feel like I’m fighting it from day one. I have to push through and struggle and use every bit of willpower to put…

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Questions? We’ve got ’em!

on June 22, 2016

This week I buckled down to writing Veronica #3 in earnest and have written two chapters in two days. (YAY!) It’s been such a good start that I completely forgot to write a post yesterday. So, belatedly, here you go: Last week I thought I’d ask Twitter if they had questions–just general process type stuff….

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Last week is a blur…

on May 17, 2016

Oh, last week was rough, my dears. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I was engaged in copy edit reviews. This is my least favorite part of being a writer–even less enjoyable than writing synopses, if I’m honest. The reason I dislike it so is that it calls upon my weakest skills. Reviewing…

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Hey, look–it’s Robyn Carr!

on May 5, 2016

I am in New York on business this week, so I am reposting one of my favorite pieces ever, a bit of excellent advice from my pal, Robyn Carr, who will be receiving the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from RWA this year–that’s how awesome she is! So last week I was chatting with my…

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Things I know that work for me

on May 3, 2016

As I am traveling, I’m reposting one of my favorite pieces, some writerly advice I first posted in April, 2013. This is one of those blog posts that usually gets an appalling title like “Advice to Young Writers”. We’ll call it something more modest—like “Stuff I’ve Figured Out Along the Way”. These are bits and…

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Armchair time travel

on April 26, 2016

I am getting ready to hit the road, folks–a perfect time to take a reader question on the subject of travel. A reader from Twitter who posts as Jasmine and Ginger asked: You’ve covered quite a few eras. What inspires you about them? How do you keep track of characters who overlap? Writing in both…

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Talking of cabbages and kings–or just characters

on April 19, 2016

I am at a writerly retreat this week, doing writerly things, so it’s a good time to answer reader questions. Jenae tweeted: Your characters are so beautifully complex. How do you develop them? First, thanks! Very kind. Second, I don’t think of them as characters, I suppose. They’re not two-dimensional to me, and they don’t…

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Reader questions–I have answers!

on April 14, 2016

This week I’m at my very first writers’ retreat, hopefully planting fields and fields of tidy, cultivated prose for you. Can you tell I’m excited? I get to geek out and play with WORDS, y’all. I have packed all my writing kimonos–yes, I know that’s not the proper plural–and several different projects I intend to…

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