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Swashbuckling 101

Elsa Watson is proof that you can have a gentle soul, a rapier wit and a fierce intelligence all at once. Could be it’s that degree in Classics from Carleton, combined

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Permission not necessary…

This week, I fielded the most unusual permission request of my career. My agent called to say a reader has inquired about permission to use a line from The Winter

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Not just another pretty face

Mrs. Larson and the Constant Flow of Thoughtful Books or, Meet Garth Stein at the Field’s End Writers’ Conference, April 28, 2007. Garth Stein has published books, created documentary films, written

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Editorial interference

“Revision is a very physical process, best done by hand, much like decoupage.”                                                                         –me, 3:00p.m. The fact is, I insist on editorial interference. I would be lost without it. The

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Four legged houseguest

This week, I’m a foster mom. Sonny the lab-mix has come to stay while his people are on vacation. He loves the beach! Who doesn’t love the beach? Gorgeous morning

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