Reflections on Success

It's the end of another year. Maybe -- depending on whom you ask -- it's the end of a decade. It's certainly a moment to look backward in reflection and forward in anticipation. Ten years ago, in December 2009, I posted the following video blog, reflecting about the fairly successful writing year I'd had in …

Tourist of the Past

I've been in England for almost three weeks. I'm heading home tomorrow. Jason was with me for the first 10 days, while we were tourists in London, and since then I've been on my own in Bristol, exploring the city where the first seven chapters of my work-in-progress A Roll of the Bones is set. Problem is, …

Quote Unquote

Several years ago, on this very blog, I wrote an angry rant about the trend of literary fiction writers dropping the use of quotation marks. In the years since, I still haven't embraced the trend, but I'm maybe a little less angry. I decided to use my latest Shelf Esteem video to explore this phenomenon …

7 Reasons Why This Traditionally-Published Author is Releasing a Self-Published Novel. Number Four Will Blow Your Mind!

This summer, I'll be releasing my novel What You Want, a work of contemporary fiction about three unlikely friends on a road trip, as a self-published e-book. There'll be a paperback release later, probably sometime in the fall. What would convince me, as a writer in mid-career who has had 23 books published by traditional publishers, …

Apolog-ish

So, I kind of fell down on posting the Women's Suffrage Trivia Questions here on the blog. I ended up posting five photos with trivia questions on Facebook, and had many readers playing along there, but I fell behind here on the blog. It turned out that having your new book come out the same …