What is a Hero?

I’m currently working on the final edits of my new poetry collection, Heroes without Capes, which has been in the works about two years. It’s been three years since I released a new poetry book—the last being After the Steaming Stops in 2012. I took my time with the new poems in this collection. After…

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How to Enjoy a Poem: Happy Poetry Month

Happy National Poetry Month! We’re almost at the half-way point~I was graciously interviewed by Lidy Wilks of iheartallstories to celebrate the 30 days of Poetry Month. Enjoy and hope you learn something new about me~ What was the first poem you’ve ever read? All of the Mother Goose nursery rhymes were my favorites when I was…

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How to Get Back into Writing After a Hiatus

How is writing like dancing? Well, both require a lot of determination, practice and talent. As an Irish dancer, I know this to be true. With dancing, as with writing, you get better the more you perform or send work out. You also get better the more open you are about trying new things and…

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Just Do It! You Can Write a Book This Year!

Today’s interview guest is Michelle Brovitz (pen name Alanna Christine), who has just published her first book, the memoir, How I Got a Horse Out of a Toilet and now resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Michelle and I met over five years ago and she’s the one who convinced me to go to my 20th…

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5 Tips on How to Make a Living as an Author

The way to make money as an author is by first NOT making money—volunteering is the secret to your longevity as an author, writer, editor and/or teaching artist.   By doing so, you’ll gain the 3 C’s: CONFIDENCE, COMPETENCE and COMPORTMENT, plus you’ll get people to show up. If you don’t have readers or an…

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After Failure, Tell Yourself a New Story

Elaine Bayless is an author, life coach and retreat facilitator based in Raleigh, North Carolina. We’ve been colleagues and friends for a long time. While we were having coffee a few weeks ago I asked her what she does after a failure–because let’s face it: all writers fail at some point. I wish I was…

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Put Your Ego in a Box: An Interview with Noelle Granger

Hello readers, I’m thrilled to post this interview with author Dr. Noelle Granger, professor emerita at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. This former dean at the UNC School of Medicine published her first mystery novel, Death in a Red Canvas Chair and now Death in a Dacron Sail has just been published.…

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6 Tips for Creating Knock-out Book Trailers

Want to know more about book trailers? In this guestpost by Rona Simmons, author of the new novel, Postcards from Wonderland, you’ll learn valuable tips on how to create a book trailer for YouTube and your website so you can generate buzz for your book. Read on!   With my new novel, Postcards from Wonderland,…

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How a Southern Baby Boomer Overcame Conditional Family Love

Thank you so much fine artist/teacher and novelist Laura Azzi for your book review this week: Who Will Polish the Silver by Marie Land Avery of Raleigh, North Carolina. Laura also lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is extremely active in the Wonderland Book Club, a monthly gathering of the NC Writers’ Network Wake County…

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Fifty Shades of Grey: Not the Hack Job You Think

Now that Fifty Shades of Grey is out in movies theaters with Dakota Johnson (Anatastia Steele) and Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) in the title roles–everyone can be a critic of both the immensely popular source material and film. I haven’t read the book (and don’t plan to) and ditto with the movie, but I wanted…

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