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

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Anna's Posts, Writer's Life |

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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Comma Karma & the Punctuation Police

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Anna's Posts, Fun Stuff, Writer's Life |

Should I have a comma, here? What about here of course? The bigger question for any writer or editor is does it matter? Today, I’m talking about the karma of commas and the role of the punctuation police. Are you in danger of receiving an arrest warrant? In a previous post, “The Grammar Mafia,” I offered my satirical take on common grammatical errors. I’m sure at least a few people probably thought I was serious about starting my own grammar mafia to...

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From Tempted to Fired Up: The Evolution of a Romance Writer

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Anna's Posts, Behind the Book, Writer's Life | 2 comments

Fired Up is the story of Mel Thompson and Adam Caras, lifelong best friends who discover they share an explosive passion for each other–one that irrevocably alters their relationship and exposes their true feelings. But Fired Up didn’t start out as a novel. It began its life as a short story, one that irrevocably changed my writing path.

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