Cheers to Creative Independence

Happy Independence Day, American friends! This is the weekend that we celebrate the courage, beauty and stubbornness of our great nation. Speaking of courage and stubbornness, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what creative freedom means. When you take a leap of faith (and finances or fundraising) to start your own literary project, be […]

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My Reward: Connecting With Talented Authors

Last weekend I was fortunate to represent Spider Road Press at the Small Press Panel at the fun & fantastical Comicpalooza here in Houston. We discussed how small presses help authors & what authors can realistically expect from them. As we discussed how we came to found or connect to the small press in our […]

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This Writing Mom Writes A Poem

I respect all women who write. But, before my adoption leave, I confess I didn’t really uderstand the communities, blogs, and social media groups about Moms Who Write. “Being a mom who writes must be hard,” I thought, “but being a teacher of kids who writes is hard, being a nurse who writes is hard-writing […]

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76 Words About My Writing Life

This winter, I was challenged to create a response to a quotation that inspired me. Bhanu Kapil’s call for courage and tenacity inspired me to share some of the facets of my writing life that keep me going, despite the unfinished chapters and those terse rejection emails every writer gets at some point. “I give […]

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Celebrating Inspiring Women

Who inspires you? Are there women writers, artists, and/or activists who have majorly impacted how you think and work? If so, March is the perfect time to thank them, in person, on the page, and in the community. Write Amazon reviews of your favorite author’s books. A few stars and one sentence means so much […]

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Rainy Day Friendships – My Latest Flash Fiction Story

Sharing the latest flash piece that I’ve created. Flash is a great outlet for capturing emotional moments. It’s also easier for me to write in small chunks of time that I’m stealing away from preparing for a new addition to our household. Thanks to my encouraging HWG critique circle for a few nice polishes. Hope […]

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Blessings and Books

Dear Readers: Happy holidays! I wish you precious time to savor with family and friends and good novels to read. This festive season of laughter is also a time of reflection. It is a great time to count your blessings – and mine start with you, my readers. I am so grateful for your interest […]

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The Evolution of Suspense

Stories twist and evolve. One summer while I was studying at Barnard College of Columbia University, I took a job at a farm stand. Between studying with friends and a financial aid work-study job in the stacks, I felt like I’d spent far too much time in the library in New York. (And I love libraries!) […]

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Celebrating Poetry and Community

What could be better than the satisfaction and warmth of a community coming together to support and celebrate women’s words? Thanks so much to the wonderful donors and poets of the Spider Road Press family for making our “In the Questions: Poetry by and about Strong Women” reading and release party a success! Readers old and […]

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Dare to Love Horror- Interview with Author Meg Hafdahl

I am pleased to introduce you to the talented and humble author Meg Hafdahl. She made me shudder with her frightening tale, “Willoughby” in Eve’s Requiem. When I meet readers at events and signings, horror fans will volunteer that her writing reminds them of Stephen King. That’s high praise. She and I recently discussed the […]

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