This week I’ve welcomed my brainstorming buddies to our Chautauqua hideaway to spend four days tossing around ideas about upcoming novels, everything from entire plots to key ideas we need help with. If you missed my previous posts about previous brainstorming sessions and the way we conduct them, you can find them here and here…

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Diane Chamberlain and I have been chatting back and forth for the past two weeks, covering subjects like how to present “unsympathetic” characters sympathetically, character growth and change, whether characters become real to us, and more. If you missed the previous posts, you can scroll down here for my portions, and visit Diane’s blog, as…

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Today the fun is definitely at Diane Chamberlain’s blog as Diane and I continue our conversation about “difficult” characters, choices we make as writers, and other writing topics.  Friday the conversation returns to my blog for (most likely) the final salvo.  So scoot over to Diane’s blog today for the newest scoop. And don’t forget!…

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Diane Chamberlain, one of my best friends as well as one of my favorite authors, is joining me for a chat on our blogs. To celebrate my new book, One Mountain Away, we decided to have a conversation about characters—specifically characters who might not be all that sympathetic, at least not at first blush. We started our chat…

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Diane Chamberlain and I are having a conversation about writing, our books, how to make characters come alive, and lots more.  Diane began it today and you can find it right here.  Tune in at my blog on Friday for the second part. Oh, there are books to give away, too. See you there and…

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Welcome to my good friend and guest blogger, Joanna Slan, who’s just begun an exciting new series, the Jane Eyre Chronicles. To celebrate, she’s promised to give one autographed copy of Death of a Schoolgirl to a Southern Exposure reader.  To enter leave a comment here for Joanna  before midnight Friday. Take it away, Joanna. “Friendship however is a plant which cannot…

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I’m back from two weeks of searching for a new place to live.  We “think” we may have found the right spot, but so far, no house, so no announcement. Having the freedom to move anywhere we can afford is daunting and exhilarating at the same time. All those options! Meantime, my wonderful friends are…

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