Category Archives: writing

Fail!

I guess I’m just not tech-savvy enough to be a writer in today’s world. I tried creating a “secret page” on my website. I then posted links on my social media accounts. The idea was to draw readers to the secret page on my website. They’d then be able to click on Door #1 or …

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Authors We Lost in 2016

We lost a lot of great authors in 2016. Here is a tribute to some of the unforgettable writers we lost in the past year.   Harper Lee (died Feb 19) Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and won a Pulitzer Prize the following year. It is considered a classic in American …

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2016 Reading Challenge: I’ve NOT Given Up!

Earlier this year, I dove into the 2016 Reading Challenge with great gusto. I eagerly plowed through the different categories: Read a Book Published Before You Were Born, A Book That Has Been Banned At Some Point, etc. I was making such progress that I wondered if I was going too fast. I thought I’d …

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Picking the Perfect Name

Naming characters can be one of the trickiest parts of creative fiction writing. You can picture them in your head… but the perfect name eludes you. It’s kinda like when you meet someone familiar at a cocktail party, and their name is right on the tip of your brain. But… is it Jack? James? Joseph? …

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Today, March 2, marks the birthday of one of the best-loved children’s authors (and illustrators) of all time– Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He and his siblings were raised speaking both English and German. Perhaps little Ted’s first influence was his mother, who would recite poetry …

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Authors Speak: Banned Books Week Wrap-Up

Today is the final day of Banned Books Week. I thought I would close out this blog series by sharing some quotes about censorship from authors whose books have been banned or challenged. The late Maya Angelou published her best-selling novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, in 1969. Despite its popularity and many …

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Roses Are Red, Diamonds Are Blue: Author Donna Alice Patton

Roses Are Red, Diamonds Are Blue is a mystery set in Ohio in the 1970s. Laura Barkley is a young widow– and now a single mother of twin five-year-old daughters. Her husband, Peter, was murdered at the museum where he worked as a curator. He manages to make a phone call to Laura as he …

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The Real People In My Fiction

Today, I’d like to talk about my first book, A Little Company (Outskirts Press, 2007), and some of the real people behind its main characters. The story takes place during the Great Depression, deep in the Northern New York woods. It centers on a sad, frightened and very lonely little girl named Pauline. Some people …

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