March 2009


Here’s your chance to meet the original Barkis.  I’m a sucker for books, films and TV shows about writers, and when it’s a Cinderella story to boot, well, that’s just

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last blast of winter

…and an early look at Christmas! Would you please check out the cover art for Lakeshore Christmas? Barkis is totally star-struck:

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drawing for a free audio book!

Oooh, look what the mailman just delivered! A box of spare copies of FIRESIDE on audio. It’s available from Brilliance in unabridged CD, abridged CD or mp3 format. Also available

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questions for writers

Oh, snap: “In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what

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Deborah: You’ve judged romance writing contests for different organizations. What mistakes do you see writers making over and over again? SW: Flat, ordinary writing and a lack of global knowledge.

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writing contests

Food for thought from Deborah: Did you enter writing contests when you first started out? Do you recommend entering contests to writers? Why or why not? SW: Almost none. Very

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cheap shot

She had to ask! From Deborah Bouziden: In one of your books, you killed a dog. You’ve said you would never do it again. Why not? SW: Yeah, I still

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genre and time period

…and then Deborah asked me about genres and research… DB: You’ve written period pieces as well as contemporary. What is your favorite time period and what advice can you give

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We all start somewhere…

Further chat with author and teacher Deborah Bouziden… Your first book, Texas Wildflower, how long did it take you to write it? What were the obstacles to publication? How did

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