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Writing Historical Fiction: Choose Better Details

(I teach writing classes all across the country. Check my Events page for upcoming classes) The question came as we were wrapping up the discussion about my novel, Oil and Marble: "How do you find and choose specific details in your... Continue Reading →

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Find Other Leonardo da Vinci Novels

If you're anything like me, you're eager to read Walter Isaacson's upcoming biography of Leonardo da Vinci. But it doesn't come out until October 17th, so what are you going to do until then? To tide you over, here's a list... Continue Reading →

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Scratching Out a Little Girl’s Dream

Today, the Slovakian translation of my novel arrived. That's two translations so far (the first was Spanish), and my publisher says there are more on the way. Oh, if I could've shown myself this picture when I was seven... or... Continue Reading →

Read a Great Book on Writing

Yesterday, I taught a Historical Fiction class at the Red Clay Writers' Conference for the Georgia Writers' Association and some of the students asked for writing book recommendations. So, here are some of my favorite books on writing (I have... Continue Reading →

Afraid to Listen to My Own Audiobook

Last week, the Audible.com version of Oil and Marble came out. Yea! Celebrate! Post on social media! Spread the word! When I got the Audible link, I immediately hit "Play Audio Sample." Narrator PJ Ochlan was reading a Leonardo chapter -- the... Continue Reading →

First Draft Done. Now What?

I'm a novelist, so I know the feeling: You conquered your fear and started your novel. You wrote for months or maybe years.  You survived the long desert known as "the middle." You wrote your favorite parts; the parts that... Continue Reading →

10 Unique Books for Writers

Now that my debut novel has hit the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and garnered glowing reviews (including from The New York Times), other writers often ask which books helped me develop my craft. There are plenty of "Best Writing Book" lists... Continue Reading →

How to Write When You Don’t Have Time to Write

“Writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat.” ― Dorothy Parker “You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Writing Lessons from a TV Producer

The other night, I went out with a group of fellow television producers (I've been a TV producer for fifteen years). As always, we shared stories about shows, executives, production disasters, talent (actors/writers/directors celebrities) and potential gigs. Per usual, we had... Continue Reading →

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