My Writing Dog Turns 13 Today

My Writing Dog Turns 13 Today

Writing is lonely. The very act precludes taking anyone else on the solitary journey. You slip into other worlds unannounced and you must do it by yourself. The one exception, if you’re lucky, is a writing dog. I guess you could have a writing cat, but I prefer a dog....

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What’s Up With the PAPERBOY Musical?

What’s Up With the PAPERBOY Musical?

Close friends and my publishing associates know that a musical based on PAPERBOY has been in the works for some time. No public announcements have been made because, frankly, there was nothing to announce officially, even though much work has gone on during the past...

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Classroom questions and a Happy New Year to You

Classroom questions and a Happy New Year to You

Teachers across the country amazed me with their different methods of teaching PAPERBOY in the classroom.  I often remarked that they taught me so much more about my own book. As my New Year’s gift to teachers – and all readers – here are ten discussion ideas for...

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An author’s compensation can come in unusual ways

An author’s compensation can come in unusual ways

  A by-product I never anticipated from my second career as a novelist is the emails I receive from readers. I don’t keep count, but I must be nearing a thousand. The majority of the emails are short thank-you notes, which I appreciate greatly. The next category of...

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Foreign publishing is Greek to most of us

Foreign publishing is Greek to most of us

I've had the occasion to talk to several authors lately whose books have been published in foreign countries, and we have something in common – confusion. Our agents and sub-agents do all the work and we get books with words we don't understand to put on our...

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The best place for writing is whatever gets the job done

The best place for writing is whatever gets the job done

One of the panels I took part in at the YA-hoo Festival at Chattanooga State over the weekend involved the writing process. Invariably, that discussion leads to "Where is the best place to write?" An upstairs room. A cruise ship. A coffee shop. The answers were as...

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