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Historical thrillers that bring history to life (and teach us something about the present)

Put several historical fiction writers together in the same room and ask them the question: “Does history matter?” The answers, in story form of course, touched on politics and humanity, and spanned the centuries. And as it turns out, many … Continue reading

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Takeaways from the Bay to Ocean Writers’ Conference

On a crisp winter’s day, writers from across the region gathered at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills for the 18th annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, organized by the Eastern Shore Writers Associaton. Days and weeks after the end of … Continue reading

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Eastern Shore Writers to offer $1,000 book prize

The Eastern Shore Writers Association announces that it will award a $1000 prize for the best book written by a Delmarva writer in 2015. The award is open to all categories and genre of books including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. … Continue reading

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Giving in to the siren song of researching a novel

One of my favorite aspects of writing is actually reading about the time period in which a story is set. By reading I mean “research” or learning as much as I can about whatever I happen to be writing about. … Continue reading

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Tips on hosting a Facebook chat for authors

The weather forecasts were calling for the most snow we’d had in years here in Maryland. It was just possible that the “snow band” through the I-95 corridor ranging from just west of Baltimore up toward Philadelphia could see 2 … Continue reading

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Where do writers get their ideas?

Someone asked me the other day where writers get their ideas. That’s a popular question, and one I have the hardest time answering because ideas come from everywhere at once and nowhere in particular! It’s kind of a lame answer … Continue reading

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Writers share some inspiration

Sometimes it helps to have a reminder that you are not the first one to struggle with words. Here are a few writing quotes to make you nod in agreement, or even smile as you sit down to tap those … Continue reading

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Writing goals for 2013

The year is already passing in a blur, and so is the book biz. Publishing has changed so much from the days when I shopped manuscripts around to agents and worried about things like return postage, manuscript boxes, and using … Continue reading

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Juggling point of view

Point of view can be a slippery slope for writers. I think it’s because we want to tell everyone’s story … it’s hard to stay with just one character. For the most part, we’re probably better off sticking with one … Continue reading

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Finding good photos for history books is challenging

There’s something about finding good images for history books like GREAT STORMS OF THE CHESAPEAKE or DELMARVA LEGENDS AND LORE that requires a totally different thinking process from the actual writing and research for the writing. I find that writing … Continue reading

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