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

Interview in Huffington Post!

I’m super excited and indebted to the lovely Brandi Megan Granett of Tall Poppy Writers, for interviewing me today on Huffington Post’s Book Blog! Check out the gifs…. do you all like gifs or do they annoy you? As I was “gif choosing” to pair them to my responses I tried to let them have a… 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

Behind the Scenes look at Editing

The incredibly talented Ms. Janet Skeslien Charles featured me on her wonderful blog in an author interview and one of the things we talked about was the Friday night writing class we met at – over a decade ago in Paris at the British Institute. Four of the stories in Triumph started life in that class. Here’s… Read More

The secret world of the Paris writers’ community

What’s the secret sauce to being a writer? Community. Other writers. Little gangs and groups. Even if the face-to-face contact is infrequent. People who ask how your new draft is going as if it’s a sickly, beloved pet. Writer buddies who tell it to you straight when you’re in draft mode, and cheer you on… Read More