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Favorite Characters

As an author of historical fiction, I’m often asked who my favorite character is. Particularly, I’m asked about the fictional characters, because the historical figures are who they were and I must portray them as believably themselves. I don’t do alternate history. But with the fictional supporting players I get to decide who they are, …

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The Rambling Writer’s Featured Week with the International Pulpwood Queens Book Club, part 6

Follow my journey from Big 5 traditionally-published author to joining an author-owned cooperative publishing group, with travails and triumphs along the way. NOTE: This series started on Dec. 31. I’m honored to have my seriocomic novel of midlife reinvention PAUSE, published by Book View Cafe, selected by The International Pulpwood Queens Book Club as a December …

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WORLD-BUILDING & RELIGION: Checking with Religious Authority 

I found this question from an attendee of the Catholic Writers Conference I spoke at for several years an interesting one with a number of possible answers. Q: When should you check your work with a religious authority?  If I were presenting a piece I expected to be read as representative of my Faith, or …

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The Rambling Writer’s Featured Week with the International Pulpwood Queens Book Club, part 5

I continue my conversation with the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, this time about the roots of my novel THE ARIADNE CONNECTION. NOTE: This series started on Dec. 31. I’m honored to have my seriocomic novel of midlife reinvention PAUSE, published by Book View Cafe, selected by The International Pulpwood Queens Book Club as a December 2022 …

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The Plant Rejects the Gardener (and it can be just the same with writing, too)

Let me be clear, I am a truly rotten gardener. It’s not just plants; whole trees have died under my care. To be fair to myself, I’m a Brit transposed to California, in the middle of the worst drought on record. It’s seriously hard to do well here and save water at the same time; …

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The Rambling Writer’s Featured Week with the International Pulpwood Queens Book Club, part 4

I continue my conversation with the Pulpwood Queens Book Club founder about more roots of my club selection PAUSE and my early homesteading on a Southern Chilean island, material for a novel underway. NOTE: This series started on Dec. 31. I’m honored to have my seriocomic novel of midlife reinvention PAUSE, published by Book View …

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WORLD-BUILDING & RELIGION: Heresy & Sin 

This question from the Catholic Writers Conference dealt with how I handled the complicated subject of heresy. Q: Have you ever had a story dictate you portray heresy or sin sympathetically?  How did you handle it? The protagonists of The Mer Cycle trilogy were considered heretics by the religious institutions they challenged. Both the orthodox …

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