Repost: Great Quotes on Writing from Brenda Ueland

I have been reading several books in preparation for my presentation at Story Circle Network’s “Stories of the Heart” memoir conference coming up in Austin in a couple of weeks. One is If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland. This is considered by many to be one of the very best books on writing…

Cozy Mystery Book Review and Interview With Author Judy Alter

I recently had the pleasure of reading the cozy mystery, Murder at Peacock Mansion, and talking with author Judy Alter about this Blue Plate Cafe mystery. Murder at Peacock Mansion is a page turner.  Set in a small town in East Texas with the main character, Kate Chambers, acting as full-time cafe owner and part-time sleuth, this…

Interview with Susan Albert, Author of Loving Eleanor

I have had the pleasure of recently reading Susan Albert’s new book, Loving Eleanor, which is a historical novel about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist, Lorena Hickok. This is a wonderful book that explores the many levels of friendship as well as the difficulty national figures face when trying to maintain a sense…

Book Review: Finding Grace

I am very proud to say that I was the story consultant and first editor on Finding Grace, this very fine book by Patricia Dunn-Fierstein. This coming-of-age novel set in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement tells the story of Charlie, a thirteen-year-old girl, whose new friendship with a…

Book Review and Author Interview

I am happy to introduce my readers to a wonderful author, Fran Simone, PhD, who has written a heart-felt and helpful memoir entitled, Dark Wine Waters: My Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows. This book recounts the author’s experience of being married to an alcoholic and is a clear-sighted look at the disease of…