Kimberly Dean | Sleep On It

It’s often said that you should write what you know. Personally, I’m more from the school of writing what interests you or grabs your ...

Deborah LeBlanc | When Stereotypes Are in Stereo

As a writer, I work hard at breaking away from stereotypes, which isn’t always easy, especially if it involves a culture you’re not that ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Series

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been reading the Bakery Sisters Trilogy by Susan Mallery. People who know me best know that I love connected ...

Joy Nash | October Favorites

Apples - I just can't get into eating apples in the summer. Once fall comes, it's like I'm discovering apples all over again. I like the tart ...

Daniella Brodsky | Inspiration

Whenever I give readings, the first question I am always asked is, "Where do you get your inspiration?" I think this is a wonderful question, ...

Lee Aaron Wilson | Western Outlaws

Billy Killdeere is Western romantic historical fiction, right? Right.Is Billy Killdeere an outlaw, a lover, or both?He was raised an outlaw and ...

Elizabeth Boyle | Baking Cookies

My son had this past Friday off from school. Imagine me, standing before the calendar and thinking to myself, “Only two weeks into school and ...

Margo Candela | Little Darlings

I spent most of my spring and all of my summer finishing my fourth novel, How Can I Tell You? (Touchstone, August ’09). Hours blurred into ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Carpooling

Recently my husband and I had to begin carpooling. Our youngest son achieved one of his life’s goals…he got a driver’s license. That meant ...

Deanna Raybourn | Writer’s Passion

As a writer of historical fiction, I am frequently asked about research. Specifically, readers—and aspiring writers—want to know if it is ...

Deborah Cooke aka Claire Delacroix | New Worlds from Familiar Names – and Familiar Faces with New Names!

One of the interesting things about the popular fiction market is the way that it changes. Tastes in fiction are fluid, and constantly on the ...

Sara Reyes | Author Stalking

AJ Jacobs and Gwen ReyesOriginally uploaded by freshfictionThere are a few authors every reader follows as avidly as the film buff follows an ...

Rita Herron | Good or Bad

Do you believe that people are born either good or bad? That your genes determine whether or not you have a temper, are violent, or lose ...

Bella Andre | The Idea Bank

Have you ever read a really great book and asked yourself, "How'd she come up with that fantastic idea?" I know I have. Which is why I thought ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Editing

When my TBR blog was posted last week I went back and read it. I was so embarrassed to have my name attached to it because of the mistakes I ...

Sara Reyes | Waiting for Ike..

Saturday is my day to blog to tell you all about my week's adventures...well, unfortunately, living in North Texas for the past few days we've ...

Lisa Black | SERENDIPITY AND THE WRITING LIFE

Any writer, I’m sure, has had the experience of a great idea striking them while engaged in an activity that had nothing to do with writing ...

Cathy Lamb | Deadlines

I have 15 days to go.Fifteen days until my deadline for my next book, Henry’s Sisters.This means that – except for a short jaunt to drop a ...

Barbara Pierce | A SILENT CHARACTER: THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE

In many ways, I view the country house as a silent character in my books. Although its role is often relegated to the background, the country ...

Jennifer Lewis | What’s your fantasy destination?

Inventing your own country is a lot of fun. If you like hunky Mediterranean men, you can make sure it’s densely populated with them. Naturally ...

Allyson Roy | Memories

Have you ever been caught by the scent of something that takes you immediately back to a particular time or place in your memory?Roasted ...

Sandi Shilhanek | TBR

I have to say I love the Internet! I learn such interesting things, and things I never knew I was truly interested in until someone either in ...

T. Lynn Ocean | Putting Your Subconscious Mind To Work For You

People often ask authors where they get their ideas. The answer for me is, I'm not sure. But I do know that I'd never have a writing career if ...

Brenda Joyce | Masters of Time

Everyone fears the shadows of the night. No one likes walking down a deserted street after the sun goes down, not in 2008—and not in 1508. Of ...

J. T. Ellison | Why Crime Fiction Matters To Me

I know that sounds a bit like "What I Did On My Summer Vacation," but bear with me.I have always loved crime stories – real or imagined. I ...

Laura Preble | Why Can’t I Have My Own Robot?

I've been a geek since birth. I was raised on Star Trek (the original, styrofoam-rock, red-shirt-guy-killing Star Trek) and my parents took us ...

Sandi Shilhanek | DFW Tea Group

Recently I celebrated a birthday. How I wondered would this year be celebrated? The answer to that was really very simple. Go to the DFW Tea ...