• Author Spotlight – Jule Kucera

    Author Spotlight – Jule Kucera

    This month I’m happy to welcome Jule Kucera to the Author Spotlight. I met Jule in a writer’s sprint group several years ago and enjoy both her fiction and nonfiction works. Jule’s StoryWheel is a tool I use regularly. StoryWheel explains story structure in a way that is easy to understand and implement. I highly…

  • Author Spotlight – Helen Garraway

    Author Spotlight – Helen Garraway

    The January 2024 Author Spotlight is with Helen Garraway. Helen and I met in Miami, FL at the Readers’ Favorite Awards ceremony. I enjoyed chatting with this USA Today Best Selling Author and wanted to share her work with you. She’s answered some questions about why she writes and what she is working on for…

  • Power of connection, Part 19

    You like books, right? Yes, I knew you did. But do you have a hard time finding the right book? There are lots of ways to discover a book. Word of mouth is my favorite. When your mom, dad, sister, brother, best friend, or second cousin of your next door neighbor’s plumber recommends something, you…

  • Power of Connection, Part 18

    I finished judging a writing contest last week. Having entered many contests in the last few years, I thought I knew what I was getting into. Turns out, I didn’t have a clue what it was like to be on the other side of the contest. About 150 stories came across my desk to be…

  • Power of Connection, Part 17

    Something a little different this time for our spotlight. I wanted to share with you a website that offers a newsletter service highlighting free or discounted books. The Fussy Librarian is a website that matches readers to their chosen book genre as well as content preferences. Basically, you can look for a Women’s Fiction book…

  • Power of Connection, Part 16

    This week’s spotlight is back on Krissy Baccaro. You might remember her from January 2019 where she and I talked during a polar vortex. Well this time around, we chatted during the pandemic about her recent book launch, Buried Secrets: An Ella Perri Mystery Book 1. To refresh your memory, Krissy is a fifth-grade teacher and…

  • The Power of Connection, Part 15

    This month’s spotlight is a bit different. Instead of one person, I’d like to introduce you to Active Alumni Writers. Actually, this is a bit of a reintroduction. You may remember the group from the Once Upon A Story anthology published last year. I’m excited to share that another anthology is in the works, and this…

  • The Power of Connection, part 14

    This month’s spotlight is on Kimberly Kessler. Her name may sound familiar as her book, According to Plan: A Novel, is my favorite so far from the The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2020 Reading Challenge. In addition to reading her book, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her at a Story Grid conference and working with…

  • The Power of Connection, part 13

    This month’s Spotlight is on M Mackinnon. M and I met in an online writing course several years ago, and I celebrated alongside her as she published her first two books. We had a great chat about what is coming up next for her, despite some technical issues that inadvertently led to broadcasting our conversation…

  • The Power of connection, part 12

    If you’re a little surprised to see that I am spotlighting myself this month, join the club. I debated whether this was a good idea and decided to give it a try. Interviewing authors is a lot of fun, plus it gives me a great excuse to talk to myself. Since you are already here…