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Madison Michael (Author Interview)

Posted by on February 9, 2018 in Author Interviews, Guest posts | 1 comment

Please tell us something unique about you we can’t learn from your bio. I love to problem solve. It runs in the family. None of us can just listen to someone tell us about their problems without suggesting a fix. This was great when I was a software manager and it was my job, but it can be wearing on friendships and relationships. This is a trait often associated with men, but I come from a strong matriarchal family. My mother was one of three daughters, she had four daughters who had four daughters. Even the latest generation is two...

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Scandalous Discoveries: My 5 Favorite Things I Learned from Book Research

Posted by on February 4, 2018 in Anna's Posts, Behind the Book | Comments Off on Scandalous Discoveries: My 5 Favorite Things I Learned from Book Research

Every story is different, and every book requires a different kind of research. This is especially true if, like me, you write about everything from magical parallel worlds to modern-day Scotsmen — oh, and of course, the occasional hot firefighter! The research involved varies from one book to the next, even within a series. Take my upcoming release, currently on preorder, Scandalous in a Kilt. Learn all about my favorite research moments in today’s post.

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Stanalei Fletcher (Author Interview)

Posted by on January 24, 2018 in Author Interviews, Guest posts | 1 comment

I grew up in a small town right in the center of Idaho where my father taught me to not be afraid of snakes. I’ve been bitten twice, but neither of the snakes were poisonous. He also taught me how to recognize certain edible wild mushroom. I still enjoy hunting for and eating mushrooms, but I don’t play with snakes so much.

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New Year, New Stories, New Plans

Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Anna's Posts | Comments Off on New Year, New Stories, New Plans

Last year, I posted my writing roadmap for 2017 — all the projects I wanted to finish writing, publish, or start work on — and in December I posted a summary of my progress. Well, the new year has arrived, and I’m ready for… another roadmap! Here’s what I have laid out for 2018 so far.

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Goodbye, 2017: My Writing Roadmap Wrap-Up

Posted by on December 30, 2017 in Anna's Posts, Writer's Life, Writing Challenges | Comments Off on Goodbye, 2017: My Writing Roadmap Wrap-Up

In January, I posted my writing roadmap for this year — a list of the projects I wanted to finish, start, or research in 2017. Though I didn’t specifically state it, I also had a goal of getting four full-length novels published this year. How did my roadmap pan out? It’s time for the 2017 wrap-up!

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Happy Book-iversary, Dangerous in a Kilt! Celebrating One Year of Hot Scots

Posted by on December 16, 2017 in Anna's Posts, Behind the Book, Fun Stuff | 2 comments

My, how time flies when you’re writing about hot guys in kilts. I can hardly believe it’s been a year since the release of Dangerous in a Kilt, the first Hot Scots book, but sometimes it also feels like much longer than that. Why? Because I’m deep into the third book now, and because so much has happened in the past twelve months. I invite you to relive the journey with me today and help me celebrate the book-iversary!

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O Christmas Tree: A Lifetime of Holiday Spirit

Posted by on December 8, 2017 in Anna's Posts, Fun Stuff | Comments Off on O Christmas Tree: A Lifetime of Holiday Spirit

I love Christmas. It’s a time to gather together, even if we’ve been apart the rest of the year. The Christmas tree is the ultimate symbol of this togetherness. In my family, for my whole life, we’ve taken photos of our Christmas trees as a way to mark each year, and this holiday season, I’m sharing a slideshow of just a few of the trees I’ve enjoyed over the years.

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Happy Thanksgiving, America! (post by Anna)

Posted by on November 22, 2017 in Anna's Posts | 23 comments

Tomorrow, Americans celebrate one of our most-cherished holidays, Thanksgiving. We look back on our nation’s history with appreciation for everything it has given us, and we gather with family and friends to appreciate the time we have with them. Despite all the bad things that have happened in this country of late, we still have a lot to be thankful for this year and every year.

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Things A Writer Can’t Learn from Research (post by Anna)

Posted by on November 12, 2017 in Anna's Posts, Writer's Life | Comments Off on Things A Writer Can’t Learn from Research (post by Anna)

I love research. Yes, I admit it. I am a research geek and proud of it. The librarian in me craves information, and the writer in me needs that information to flesh out my stories. But there are some things you just can’t learn from doing research. You need practical life experience. This is, to me, the true meaning of the adage “write what you know.” Here’s my list of my five favorite facts I could learn only by living them. (The first one happened just this morning!)

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Breathing Life and Depth into Characters (post by Anna)

Posted by on November 5, 2017 in Anna's Posts, Behind the Book, Fun Stuff | 25 comments

Every character needs a purpose — in the story and in his or her own life — to become a believable and relatable person. How do writers breathe life and depth into characters? Check out my method, with my current work-in-progress as an example.

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