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Getting It Right

You wouldn’t call this lily a rose Those of us who write nonfiction know we have to “get it right.” But often fiction authors aren’t as careful. When I’m reading fiction and see something way off base I often stop … Continue reading

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Opium, Cocaine and Other Odd Facts

  A friend asked me recently if I ever had writer’s block, and I said firmly, “no, never.” Well, because fiction writers are accustomed to lying, we do it all the time in our books, don’t we? I guess I … Continue reading

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For the past few days I’ve researched timelines for my latest book, The Boston Mountains: Lost In The Ozarks. Since the stories cover a variety of dates, it appeared to be a daunting task to make sure I knew what … Continue reading

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Hosting Jean Henry Mead

Talk About Writing a Book the Hard Way by Jean Henry Mead Ever hear of anyone sitting at a microfilm machine to read 97-years’ worth of old newspapers? I’m afraid I did just that, not realizing that the job would … Continue reading

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As writers, most of us spend many hours a day in our home office. It pays to keep it as attractive as possible. For it to be attractive, we have to rid ourselves of those piles and piles of books, … Continue reading

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