The Secret to Joining the Wonderland Book Club

That’s the thing–there’s no secret to joining the Wonderland Book Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. All you have to do is show up  (and we’re free)! Thanks to the News & Observer posting the Wonderland Book Club in their “Triangle Reads” section, our Meetup group’s numbers have swelled from a hundred members to over 150. I can…

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Hiding Gladys by Lee Mims Book Review

  Today we welcome back fine artist/teacher and novelist Laura Azzi to Write from the Inside Out. Laura lives in Raleigh, NC, and is extremely active in the Wonderland Book Club, a monthly gathering of the NC Writers’ Network Wake County members. While I’m taking some time off from blogging and decompressing the North Carolina…

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A Bowl of Rice: A Book Review

Today we welcome back fine artist/teacher and novelist Laura Azzi to Write from the Inside Out. Thank you, Laura, for sharing your reviews with us here. Laura lives in Raleigh, NC, and is extremely active in Wonderland Book Club, a monthly gathering of the NC Writers’ Network Wake County members. Today we’re featuring her review…

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What the Zhang Boys Know: A Book Review

Today we welcome fine artist/teacher and novelist Laura Azzi to Write from the Inside Out. Laura lives in Raleigh, NC, and is extremely active in Wonderland Book Club, a monthly gathering of the NC Writers’ Network Wake County members. Today we’re featuring her review of Clifford Garstang’s novel in stories, What the Zhang Boys Know.…

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How To Stay Grounded After Abandonment

Today we welcome back poet and educator Jo Taylor to Write from the Inside Out. Jo lives in Raleigh and is extremely active in the North Carolina poetry community. She organizes the Sundry Poets reading at Quail Ridge Books and is the author of several poetry chapbooks, most recently High Ground.We’re very lucky to have…

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Lessons from a First Time Novelist

Today we welcome Heather Cobham of Oriental, North Carolina, to Write from the Inside Out. Besides being an author, she’s a licensed clinical social worker and works as a counselor in a private practice in New Bern, North Carolina. I’ve known Heather for over 7 years when she lived in Raleigh and we attended a women’s…

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Spring Mini Blog Tour: 4 Questions Answered

Spring Mini Blog Tour: 4 Questions Answered

If you’re an author, it’s quite common to be asked about your next project. And if you’re an author, you’ve always have homework to do! This is the reasoning behind this spring mini blog tour where authors answer four questions about their upcoming work. I’m honored to be tagged by Megan Cutter, co-author with her…

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Three Stellar Secrets for Beginning Writers

Three Stellar Secrets for Beginning Writers

Today novelist, editor, ghostwriter, equestrienne and Star Wars fan, Belea T. Keeney of Apex, North Carolina, shares her tips on diving deep instead of spreading yourself out too thin when you first start writing fiction. Read on!     When you start out writing, you may be so fired up and enthused that you jump willy-nilly…

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No More Wardrobe Malfunctions!

No More Wardrobe Malfunctions!

If you read your writing out loud in public you need to think of yourself as a performer–even if you’re reading at an open mic with five people. You’re on stage and you need to plan your lines as well as your appearance so you can attract the right energy.  Same goes if you if…

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5 Tips for Connecting with Your Audience Like a Rock Star

5 Tips for Connecting  with Your Audience Like a Rock Star

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could automatically connect with your audience every time? Well you can, even if you weren’t the most popular kid in school or if you’re not a rock star (yet). I recently saw singer/songwriter Rob Thomas perform in Durham, NC, and the guy knows how to connect with his audience—he…

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