Capturing life events for your book ideas: an interview with Melody Schaefer

Capturing life events for your book ideasI’ve got children’s author Melody L. Schaefer here with me today. I met Melody at my local writers group, and we’ve had a good time getting to know each other. Besides writing her books, she does all her own illustrating.

Melody’s newest release, Penny the Parakeet and the Solar Eclipse, is the perfect example of capitalizing on life events.

A total solar eclipse happens next month, and the best place for viewing it in its totality is none other than where we each live, St. Joseph, Missouri. Here in St. Joe this event has been a topic of conversation for over a year.

Melody realized early on this was an event she could tag onto by [Read more…]

How to Engage Your Audience

Today’s post is by award-winning author Kathy Nickerson, author of 4 books and counting. This year she released The Secret of Serendipity and Rose Hill Cottage, each a different genre. Her debut novel, Thirty Days to Glory, won the 2014 CSPA Book of the Year. Her books are engaging, fun, and always have a twist at the end.

Author Kathy NickersonHow to Engage Your Audience
by Kathy Nickerson

“Name one job you could do that does not require reading or writing.” This challenge is dangerous, and I throw it out like candy when [Read more…]

Overwhelmed with Marketing Plans and Strategy?

Marketing. It’s a task many writers dislike for various reasons. It can be a daunting task added to a busy schedule leaving us feeling overwhelmed.

I understand quite well, how busy our lives can keep us and how overwhelmed writers can feel. I’ve just returned from my last writer conference for this year and [Read more…]

Creative Marketing with Cheryl Barker

Creative marketing Cheryl Barker author interviewI’m pleased to have Cheryl Barker with me for this month’s author interview.

Cheryl is the author of Mother of the Bride—Refreshment and Wisdom for the Mother of the Bride that released last month. She’s also written for compilation books, magazines, other publications, and for Blue Mountain Arts greeting cards, gift books, and calendars. [Read more…]

Mind Mapping and Ice Cream

melting ice cream coneIt’s National Ice Cream Month. Now there’s an idea I can sink my teeth into…brain freeze!

I like ice cream. My favorite flavor is Bordeaux cherry chocolate. Mmmm, heaven on earth.

But what does that have to do with writing?

I thought I’d give you some story ideas to play around with while you enjoy your ice cream and watch the fireworks (Happy 240th Birthday, USA!).

Focusing on the idea of ice cream, here are some scenarios to have fun with.

If you write romance… [Read more…]

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