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Plotter or Pantster – Does it Matter?

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Mar,2013
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I’m a pantster. What does that mean? A pantster is a writer who writes by the seat of their pants. We don’t create detailed outlines of our story. We don’t have whiteboards filled with post-it notes detailing all the plot twists and turns in our novel. We don’t have color coded spreadsheets or long word documents with character analysis or character interviews. We sit at our computers and write. Now, don’t get me wrong – I admire people who can do all that planning – plotters. I love the look of the whiteboard with post-its. I’ve seen photos of these beautiful boards that other authors develop, and for a moment…

An Excerpt from You Belong To Me

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Feb,2013
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The Setup: This is the second meeting of the hero and heroine. Colin is interested in investing in Erin’s gallery and has made an appointment to talk with her and see how she runs the business. Erin thinks he is coming to see some paintings and knows nothing about the investment idea. Noticing movement through the gallery window, he rapped on the door. Erin opened it with a smile and invited him in. “I’m just hanging a painting. There’s some coffee in the little kitchen back there to your right. Help yourself while I finish this up.” Colin couldn’t help but notice her curves – in all the right places….

I’m Being Interviewed at RuralMom.com today – Join Me!

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Feb,2013
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Today I am a guest at RuralMom.com where I’m being interviewed by Barb Webb, fabulous owner of that site and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction.

Reading My First Romance

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Feb,2013
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WINNER!  of the Amazon $10 Gift card is Celina! Welcome to Marketing for Romance Writer’s Firsts Blog Hop!!! My name is Marlie and I’m a recovered literary snob. Years ago, my shelves were filled with books from the literary trade paperback section of the bookstore. You know the ones; somber stories of lost dreams, heartbreaking rites of passage and souls crushed by life’s challenges. These were books for serious people. People who read the New York Times Book Review. People who listened to NPR radio. People who watched documentaries. Yeah, that was me! As an avid reader, I devoured one to two of these critically acclaimed books per week. And…

Gregory Peck on The Scribbling Divas

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Jan,2013
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Pop on over to ScribBling Divas to read my post, My Love Affair with Gregory Peck.  (Swoon).

The ScribBLING Divas

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Jan,2013
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I’ve been remiss in posting for the last few weeks. But I’ve been working on something fun and exciting with 6 other wonderful authors. The ScribBLING Divas website was born this week, where 7 authors of various genres, both fiction and non-fiction, have taken up residence. We’ll be blogging about writing and reading, posting reviews, interviewing other authors and sharing some crazy personal stories as well. Some of us have met each other in person, some have not. But we all share a common network, that of writers helping writers.Some of us have been critique partners to each other, some met through RWA, some are simply friends of friends. We…