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10 Attributes of Good Beta Readers

In my last blog post I talked about why beta readers are an important part of the writing process. But beta readers come in all varieties and and a bad beta read can hurt your writing and emotional well being. … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Why You Need Beta Readers

I recently had a discussion with another writer about whether getting feedback on your writing is valuable. The answer is, yes, it is. The discussion led to this post. A few follow-up posts on beta reading are coming soon. Enjoy!  … Continue reading

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Traveling through Time

     I was a clueless California city girl when the professor leading our field trip pulled our van to a stop along the highway that leads through Zion National Park in southern Utah. We spilled out of the vehicles and … Continue reading

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Character Interview: Rai from Child of the Kaites

Beth Wangler, my writer friend and critique partner, is publishing her first full length novel. I am so excited! The Child of the Kaites is a fantasy novel inspired by the story of Moses. I’ve had the opportunity to read … Continue reading

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First Run

Recently, during a conversation about running, I mentioned that I had cut back my workouts because I was suffering from shin splints. A well-intentioned person proceeded to give me all kinds of advice on how to overcome this challenge. I … Continue reading

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Six Chapter Books You’ll Love Reading to Your Kids

As a mother, I spend a lot of time reading out loud to my kids. We have so many picture books, that occasionally one will fall off the shelf (or out from under the couch) that I swear I’ve never … Continue reading

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Facade

I’m in the middle of editing The Darkest Hour which is a good thing to do but sometimes I need a little “fun” writing time to break it up. Whenever this happens I turn back to my favorite character, Liz. … Continue reading

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