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On a Writer's Mind

Review of Quiet

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain


An extremely thorough examination of the introvert/extrovert divide, especially in relation to our pro-extrovert culture. Read More 
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Review of Reading Like a Writer

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write ThemReading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose

As I read Prose's passionate appreciation of good fiction--classics and contemporary--I found myself continually inspired to work harder, write better. Read More 
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Miriam e-book

I'm thrilled to announce the re-publication of my YA novel Miriam! Now you can read it on a Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, PC, or just about any digital format.
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John McPhee on writer's block

For inspiration, fascinating insight into how a master wordsmith works, and sheer delight, check out "The Writing Life: Draft #4" in the April 29 New Yorker:
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/04/29/130429fa_fact_mcphee
I have to say I don't really agree with him about using a thesaurus (he's agin it), though.
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I’ve been Nooked.

"Nooked" is different from "nuked," but unnerving in its own way. First my husband gave me a Nook Tablet for Christmas. Then my daughter Katie kindly set up my B&N account, connected my email to the Nook, showed me how to download library e-books, and even made me a Nook "friend" so that  Read More 
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No words can express . . .

My sorrow for all the innocent lives lost in Friday's tragedy, and my deep sympathy for the bereaved families and friends.
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FAQ of the month

"Did you write a biography of Mitt Romney?" People ask me this because during the campaign of 2008, I wrote one bio of Barack Obama and one of John McCain. And during the campaign of 2000, I wrote one bio of Al Gore and one of George W. Bush. But this year, Simon & Schuster (my publisher) only  Read More 
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Loved Lincoln (movie)!

From my research for Back to the Day Lincoln Was Shot and First Ladies: Women Who Called the White House Home, I have definite ideas about what Abe and Mary Lincoln were really like. It was thrilling to see my ideas come to life in the movie with Daniel DayLewis,  Read More 
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Holiday special!

December only: 30% off Beatrice Gormley!
http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/bookgorm

Mail-Order Wings ebook only $1.99
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The Ghastly Glasses ebook ebook only $1.99
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The Writing Life

Don’t get the impression that the writing life is a bed of roses. It can be frustrating, disappointing—even dangerous. Like the time I dropped the Harper-Collins Bible Dictionary on my bare foot. Ow! The Harper-Collins Bible Dictionary must weigh 15 pounds. I was limping around for days.
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