Why Being a Writers’ Cheerleader Will Make or Break Your Writing Career

What’s the secret sauce to being a writer… a successful writer? Community. Other writers. Little gangs and groups. Even if the face-to-face contact is infrequent or only online. You’re going to need people who ask how your new draft is going as if it’s a sickly, beloved pet. People who give you their gut reaction… Read More

8 Essential Steps for a Successful Facebook Book Event

Have you considered hosting a Facebook event to promote yourself as an author? 8 author buddies and I did just that. Today I’m sharing how we did it and 8 essential steps for hosting a wildly successful FB book event. This happened last spring, but our event is still on FB so you can scroll through the… Read More

James Patterson budge over here’s a new thriller author

I’m thrilled to see The Devil’s Luck by T.R. Croke released today on Amazon. T.R. Croke is a natural-born storyteller with a pedigree of working in Ireland’s anti-terrorist faction of the Irish police, which saw him stationed in Paris for many years. The Devil’s Luck is his debut conspiracy thriller featuring Detective Kate Bowen – a gutsy… Read More

Adieu to Paris

Hej! Yes, that’s how much Swedish I speak. That plus “tack” (thanks) and I know that “Obs!” means pay attention because I almost added dry ice to my kids’ juice. That’s right, I have moved to Stockholm, Sweden with my family. And our furry darling, Goldie. This was an exciting summer as we packed up and… Read More

How a novel gets edited: Developmental Edit 2

Here’s a summary of the book I’m #livenovelediting: PART 1, Ch 1: Sabine, an unemployed Canadian, lives in Paris with an artist boyfriend (Laurent). She’s condescending about his art and buddies, and has somewhat paranoid thoughts about Paris buildings because they seem to look down on her. She’s surly that Laurent’s friend, Jesus, pockets her cigarette lighter… Read More

How a novel gets edited: The Developmental Edit 1

Ah, novels. They hold so much promise, don’t they? The cover and blurb draw us in, we pay a few bucks and dive in…. maybe there’s a table of contents with named chapters, maybe not. Maybe there’s a dedication: “To Billy Boo, faithful cat, damn that car…” it all draws us into a world created… Read More

Do you want to see how a novel gets edited?

It’s September, which is like January because school restarts and goals resurface saying, “Chucandoit!” As you may have noticed, I’m an editor plus an author. I’ve published three of my books this year alongside working with amazing clients around the world to edit or coach them on their books. I edit on an almost-daily basis and wanted to… Read More

My village Post Office loves me

I love going to my village P.O. to mail actual books around the world. Do they love me? Not sure. Regardless, I’m excited to be mailing not one, but SEVEN paperbacks by early next week – would you like to be one of the recipients? Down in my home country, New Zealand, former-model-agency-owner-turned-writer-and-musician, Caroline Barron, interviewed… Read More

Is my story in Legacy fiction or non-fiction?

Hello especially to those of you who love cats, Today I’m over at Doing Dewey Decimal’s wonderful blog, being interviewed about my contribution to Legacy: an Anthology! Here is an excerpt from my story: “How to Raise Cats in a Paris Apartment”: They got along beautifully. They slept in a violet glass fruit bowl on… Read More

Our Facebook Event was fun! And vive encore!

Hello there, Yesterday, eight of my author buddies and myself hosted a super fun Facebook Event: Escape to France: Travel Tips from Authors Living in France. The event page is still up for you to go scroll through the amazing photos and stories and tips that everyone shared! For many of this, it was our… Read More