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What Makes A Successful Person?

Most everyone wants to be successful. Sadly more often most of us are unsuccessful — or sort of successful. So what does it take. Dan Barbow’s article on Elect To Be Successful appeared in early November lst year on Steve Laube’s Blog and focused on the election, but in that article an interesting study prepared by Mary […]

Leaving Winter Behind

My home is in Michigan, a beautiful state surrounded by water–the Great Lakes, inland lakes, rivers, streams, creeks and waterfalls. You can visit vast metropolitan cities, small towns, farmland, national forests, rocky coasts or sandy beaches, many lighthouses, and sand dunes. But in winter you are surrounded by snow and cold temperatures. My mailbox that […]

Not All Conflicts Sustain An Entire Novel

Since I’ve taught writing fiction for years and wrote the Writers Digest book, Writing The Christian Romance, I have received questions from writers about many elements and techniques of writing that they struggle with. Below is one of the questions and my response. Question:  This question is about conflict. I’m reading books, trying to figure […]

Visit Owosso, MI, the setting for Lilac Circle Series, And One Of Its Stores With A Sense Of Humor

Steve Laube’s Fun Friday introduced a Disney-type promo shows a novel view of the magic of a store in Owosso, Michigan (store 2772), the location of my next novel series, Lilac Circle. Owosso is a unique small town filled with interesting events, places and people. Lilac Circle is a cul-de-sac street made up of a variety of […]

Christmas: Moments To Remember

Most of us are too young to remember these wonderful old days, but our grandmothers or great grandmothers will. These were the times of small towns, community, and people caring for people. At Christmas it meant chopping down a Christmas tree and decorating it with many homemade ornaments, such as: stringed popcorn or cranberries, adorned […]

Let’s Talk About Book Signings

I gave up booksigning a few years ago when I realized that even though I sold books, the time it took to prepare for the signing and the time spent watching readers dodge my booksigning table was hardly worth the hours away from writing. I enjoyed meeting readers, and I had followers who showed up […]

Novel Proposals That Didn’t Sell

Although you love a story idea and can’t believe your editor will pass on it, sometimes it happens. This novel was one of them. I had called it a different name, but today Treasures of Her Heart will be available very soon. We all have them, and I will admit some of the first might […]

Keep “Social” in Media

    Twitter, Facebook, GoodReads and other social media provide opportunities to netweork and connect people with like interests. We are drawn to people with similar passions whether our pleasure is golfing, sports, cooking, animals, charities, yoga, reading or writing. Establishing a group of followers is the first step in a faithful relationship to exchange ideas […]

Evolution of a Novel – Rescued By The Firefighter.

Some of my novels seem to write themselves, and Rescued By The Firefighter is a good example. It is the last book in the Sister’s Series and was set up in the second book of the series, The Firefighter’s New Family. The characters appeared in that book with backstory already built in and though I […]

Confession of a Once Anti-Independent Publishing Novelist

I was once anti-indendent publishing but not anymore. A few years ago, I swore I would never self-pubish a novel. I had been blessed with a traditional contract within a year of submitting, and I had what I will call an “attitude.”  To me self-published novels were inferior, written by people who were so desperate […]