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How to pick the right title for a book?

If I knew the answer to that, I'd save myself a lot of angst.  Picking a title is easy.  Picking the right one, not necessarily so. Who picks the title?  Sometimes it's me.  From my initial conception, Flirting with Pete was Flirting with Pete.  Same with Lake News, Heart of the Night, Not My Daughter, and The Vineyard.  My publisher picked other titles, like Coast Road and Family Tree.  My agent came [...]

By | 2016-07-28T05:00:36+00:00 2016|Blog|8 Comments

Why I included what I did in BLUEPRINTS

With Blueprints going on sale in paperback this week, I just reread it to refresh my memory.  Does it surprise you that I would need to do that?  But consider this.  I've written and published more than 80 books.  No human mind can keep straight all the details of 80 books.  Moreover, it's been two years since I finished writing Blueprints, and since then, I've been immersed in writing The [...]

By | 2016-05-29T05:00:53+00:00 2016|Blog|6 Comments

Why I'm not retiring

A reader just wrote that she heard I was retiring.  Who said that? No.  I'm not retiring.  Let's be clear about it.  I.  Am.  Not.  Retiring. Not that I haven't considered it in moments of frustration.  Life for a writer has changed.  When I started – more than 30 years ago – all I had to do was write.  Ha ha.  That's funny.  I was a full-time mother of three [...]

By | 2016-05-04T16:00:03+00:00 2016|Blog|15 Comments

Why I just joined Instagram

I swore I wouldn't.  Social media is only good if you do it well, but how many social media sites can one writer do well and still write her book?  I've done Facebook for a long while and have a healthy following.  For posting news, sharing events, offering contests, and simply getting the opinions of readers who matter, Facebook is my go-to site. So why join Instagram?  Instagram is just [...]

By | 2016-04-21T16:00:35+00:00 2016|Blog|2 Comments

Post-Its keep me sane

"That's the best thing since …"  How do YOU finish this sentence?  When I was growing up, the answer was sliced bread. When I was raising my own kids, the answer was bagged lettuce.  Now, it's Post-Its.  At least, in my humble opinion. That's because I'm a list keeper.  Rarely does a day go by when I haven’t made one list or another.  Studies show that people who keep lists [...]

By | 2016-01-13T05:00:43+00:00 2016|Blog|1 Comment

BD read these books, too!

Last week was for audio, but here are three books I recently read in the flesh, as so many of you choose to do as well. Audio or print, the stories remain the same. If something in one of these books appeals to you and you're an audiobook person, by all means, listen. First, The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. I have loved Alice Hoffman's books for years, and [...]

By | 2015-10-20T05:00:33+00:00 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Audiobook recommendations

I'm new to listening.  It's only recently that I've begun to intersperse eye-reading with ear-reading.  And it's taken discipline, keeping my mind on every spoken word, rather then letting it wander, as sometimes happens with a book.  But for those times when you can't be glued to the physical page – like when you're driving or working out – listening to audiobooks is really pretty cool. I guess I can [...]

By | 2015-10-07T17:00:14+00:00 2015|Blog|3 Comments

To what are we most committed?

Commitments is my 42nd child – but every single child of mine is special to me. Their birthdays are cause for celebration, which is what I'm doing today. I'm celebrating the birth of Commitments as an eBook. It's about time! Commitments was first published in 1988 and has been issued in every other format but digital. Why? For one thing, because eBooks didn't exist in 1988, when "electronic rights" weren't [...]

By | 2015-09-08T05:00:11+00:00 2015|Blog|4 Comments

My Recent Reading, Part I

There are many things on my to-blog-about list, like multi-tasking, cat videos, and food expiration dates. But you read my blogs because you read my books, and right now, in the thick of the summer reading season, I need to blog about books – specifically the ones I've read. Summer is a great reading time for me. Last weekend being a quiet one, no guests, just DH and me, I [...]

By | 2015-08-07T05:00:22+00:00 2015|Blog|4 Comments

Does the ending suit you?

I've done a lot of reading this summer. I've also spent a lot of time studying reader reviews on Amazon, as well as taking part in discussion groups on Goodreads. Two of the books I've read, in particular – Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman and Lisa Genova’s Inside the O'Briens – had endings with which readers took issue. And I don't just mean readers saying they didn't like the ending. I [...]

By | 2015-07-28T18:00:05+00:00 2015|Blog|8 Comments