I have asked friend, fellow Anita Factor writing group member, and historical fiction author, Gabriele Goldstone, two questions: Do you have a set writing schedule? What is it? I write in the mornings. First I journal...this is my exploring time. Anything is possible. Some of my novel ideas started as journal writing. I give myself up… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Gabriele Goldstone
I’ve been paying attention to what it means when we say “books for boys.” As authors and conference attendees we hear the following: There is a shortage of books for boys. Boys are more reluctant readers than girls. Due to number 2 above, publishers lean towards “books for girls” for better sales. If we don’t… Continue reading A paradigm shift in thinking about “books for boys.”
I have asked friend, fellow Anita Factor writng group member, and historical fiction author, Gabriele Goldstone, two questions: You recently said these beautiful words -- “I love my life since retirement.” What’s the best part? Best part about retirement? Two things…time and energy. When I was working, time was measured, chopped up into little pieces,… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Gabriele Goldstone
Gabriele (Gabe) and I have been friends for about six years now. She was a fellow founding member of the Anita Factor writing group. Gabe's commitment to a writing schedule and consistency is something I have long admired. At each Anita Factor meeting, we have time to read from our own writing for critique and… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Gabriele Goldstone
I was going to blog about what an amazing year the members of my writing group, The Anita Factor, is having, however, one of my fellow members, MaryLou, who blogs at What Next? beat me to the punch. So, I’ll piggy back on her wonderful post. Thanks, MaryLou! It really has been a year of one fantastic story after another – literally and figuratively!
The nominees for the Manitoba Book Awards have been announced and three members of my writing group The Anitas have made the short lists. Suzanne Costigan is nominated in the fiction for older children category for her book Empty Cup. Suzanne’s novel has also been selected as a featured book in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens.
Deborah Froese is among the nominees in the fiction for younger children category for her picture book Mr. Jacobson’s Window.
Melanie Matheson is nominated in the same category as Deborah, for her picture book Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl.
Some other good news for The Anitas recently was the announcement that Jodi Carmichael’s novel Forever Julia was featured in an article in Quill and Quire. Jodi launches her book April 16th at McNally Robinson.
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