Posts Tagged ‘Fiction’

The Write Question

If you run into me this fall, please don’t ask, “Are you writing a new book?” (or worse yet, “have you published a new book?”) The question I like better these days is,“Have you been doing any writing?” Because the answer to that question is a definite YES. I’m writing blogs for boats.com. I’m even [...]

Writer Off Watch

Okay, I’ll admit it: I haven’t been writing. Well, that’s not quite true. I’ve been writing blog posts and articles and book reviews and songs. I’ve been busy. But I haven’t been doing any work on a project that could be considered “major.” No new novel… not even a short story. No scribbling on the [...]

The Bracelet, and its Author

I’ll admit it: I could never write a fully unbiased review of The Bracelet. I happen to know the author, Roberta Gately—in fact, I’ve known her since before she was, yanno, published. We met in the fall of 2007 at the “Pitch and Shop” conference in New York City, and we instantly bonded. Maybe it [...]

Travel Writing: You Can’t Make it Up

I write fiction. So when a travel writing project appeared on my list, I had to regroup a little. Just the facts, ma’am, I imagined the editor saying. No making up a character who will appear on stage just in time to drop a bombshell into the story, propelling it forward. No typing in “The [...]

Calling all Readers: Game of Sails Needs Your Help

“Amazon lost my book reviews.” Doesn’t that sound like “the dog ate my homework”? But it’s true. When Game of Sails (the ebook) was combined onto one page with Game of Sails (the paperback), nine months of priceless feedback from readers (averaging 4+ stars) disappeared into the ether. Which means those words will never be [...]

Finishing off The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D: Book Review

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of “The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.,” Nichole Bernier’s much anticipated debut novel, which comes out on June 5. The plan was for me to recommend it to a few bookstore owners, assuming I enjoyed it. I never planned to fall in love with all her [...]

Why it Took 18 Years to Write Game of Sails

Last week I received a very special package from Hank, our friendly UPS driver: three large boxes. He was offhand about the delivery, worried only about the weight and that one of the boxes was starting to come untaped. I, however, could barely contain my excitement. Because inside those three nondescript cardboard boxes lay copies [...]

The Shape of a Story

Several years ago, I wrote a story called “Reading the Shape of the Wind.” In it I described the different ways breeze fills across the water, as well as the best strategies for winning races in each condition. Recently, it’s occurred to me that there’s a shape to each story I write as well. Perhaps [...]

Balancing Between The Fulcrum Files and Real Life

I both love and hate getting completely lost in a book. I love it because the story takes me places I could never go otherwise… like back to 1936, on England’s south coast. I hate it because losing myself in fiction makes it hard to be present in my real world—and usually keeps me up [...]

Ebook Cover Design: Telling the Story

One of the many distinctions between ebooks and paper books is what you see first when you pick up the book again to start reading. With a paperback or hardcover, you see the cover, every time. With an ebook, you’re automatically sent to the page on which you ended your last reading session. Pushed back [...]

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