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Month: October 2018

Card tricks

Card tricks

I recently struggled through the first draft of a novel. Actually, make that the zero draft. It wasn’t good enough to be a first draft. I found the process even more painful than usual, and eventually I realized why. I hadn’t laid out my book on index cards before I started to draft. I’d written notes about the characters and plot, pages of them in fact. I thought I was ready to write and didn’t need to do my usual…

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Book Contract with Inspired Quill

Book Contract with Inspired Quill

I’m happy to announce that I’ve signed a book contract with Inspired Quill to publish The Wind Reader in September, 2018. Inspired Quill Inspired Quill is a small, UK press that thinks of itself as a “social enterprise,” meaning it looks to give back to the community. I’m very excited to be working with them. The Wind Reader People often ask writers how they get their ideas. Embarrassingly enough, I got the idea for The Wind Reader from an old television show called “Psyche.” The…

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What Carries Over from Academic Writing to Writing Fiction

What Carries Over from Academic Writing to Writing Fiction

The first writing I ever had published wasn’t a piece of fiction. It was an academic article, the first of many I wrote while teaching in an English Department and conducting research on the communication practices of engineers. You might think that other than both being written in English, those academic articles would not have prepared me for writing fiction. And in some ways, you’d be right. And yet, well beyond mastery of language, I learned at least three things from…

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